Our Program


Close-Up creates Co-Production opportunities for filmmakers from different regions, and strengthens these significant ties. Documentary filmmakers from the MENA and Europe are dealing with similar quests in their films, questions of identity, discrimination of minorities, gender issues, immigration and the tension that exist between the West and East. Our filmmakers are challenging us to look carefully at our own prejudice, they make us look at the complexities of our societies from a genuine perspective as they are recreating an important narrative with their unique observations.

 Co-Productions between filmmakers from different regions will increase cultural diversity on urgent current global topics and create professional collaborations that will assist filmmakers secure additional funding. Filmmakers has a great need for sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of the international marketplace for documentaries.

This will considerably improve our filmmaker’s prospects of attracting finance for their projects and help them maximize the revenues from their productions.

We are committed to an open dialogue and sharpening the necessary skills and dedication to produce extraordinary films that advance justice, democracy and peaceUtilizing the extensive experience, network, and reputation for excellence harvested over the past 14 years, CLOSE-UP brings together passionate, talented and courageous filmmakers who own a profound understanding of the complexities in their communities. We support them in developing and creating compelling original documentaries that illuminate the most urgent social and political realities of our troubled region.



The program supports up to 24 documentary filmmakers a year from diverse ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from across the Middle East, North Africa & the Nordic countries.


The selected filmmakers are Awarded a Complete Grant covering tuition fee, flight ticket, accommodation and meals during the workshops.

The selected filmmakers participate in three workshops on a tailor-made program by leading mentors in the field of documentary filmmaking, the personal mentors guide the filmmakers through the creative process of developing a profound Co-production package, including a teaser, which will be presented at the final seminar in the framework of a pitching forum.

The participating filmmakers advance their skills and understanding on the artistic challenges in documentaries, storytelling techniques, dramaturgy and the effective tools to maximize the potential of a Co-Production. They acquire knowledge on developing the necessary strategy for a successful Co-Production, learn about budgeting and contracts as well as finance planning and how to find creative financial opportunities.

At the end of each workshop, all participants are given clear instructions on how to make progress on their projects, in the months leading up to the following workshops. In between workshops, the participating filmmakers are able to keep in close touch with their personal mentors, via Skype conversations and emails.

At the third and final workshop, the filmmakers present their projects in a pitching session in front of potential financiers from the international documentary market, such as Sundance Film Institute, Blue-Ice Docs, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Doc’s Up Fund, IDFA-Bertha Foundation, ARTE France, MDR Germany, the Jacob Burns Film Center in NY, The Silver Sun Foundation in Woodstock, Movies that Matters, The Danish Film Institute, MEDIMED Industry Market and others.

The Close-Up program offers prestigious awards for our selected filmmakers. These Awards are part of our inspiring collaborative partnerships with our international partners, Medimed Market in Spain, Doc’s Up Funds, the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York, SIlver Sun Foundation  Residency Award, Movies that Matter Award, Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy.