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Close Up is annual year-long training and development program for documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa, supporting filmmakers who come from diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and political backgrounds, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Qatar, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. Positioned at the intersection of arts, media, social change, and peacebuilding, Close Up is the only initiative of its kind in the region creating a transformational experience for the filmmakers.

We are a non-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium, founded by 5 partners, Sigal Yehuda, Bruni Burres, Vincent Melilli, John Appel and Ahmet Boyacioglu. Operating for over a decade, Close Up has trained more than 300 filmmakers in the creation of 50+ films, guiding emerging filmmakers to develop the necessary skills to create extraordinary documentaries. Films that are born of the Close Up program go on to screen at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlinale, IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs and MoMA Doc Fortnight. Utilizing our extensive experience, network, and reputation built over the past 14 years, we have established important ties with industry leaders such as the Sundance Film Institute, Blue-Ice Docs, IDFA Bertha, Doc's Up Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, to name a few. Each year, the Jacob Burns Film Center and Silver Sun Foundation host our filmmakers as part of an editing residency in the USA. We have significant collaborations with Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands, MEDIMED Pitching Forum in Spain and Middle East Now Film Festival in Italy, where our filmmakers present and pitch their projects and successfully secure additional funding.

International collaborations are at the heart of the work we do at Close Up and they are essential to the success of our filmmakers. We are committed to having an open dialogue and supporting the development of extraordinary films that advance justice, democracy and peace.

Please join us at our presentation to learn more about the work we do and discover five extraordinary projects that are currently under production.

And do not miss out to meet the filmmakers in the following Q&A!

  • Tags:
  • Diversity & Inclusion,
  • Docs

Hosted by

Speakers

Sigal Yehuda

Founder & Executive Director

CLOSE UP, Belgium

Leyla Rouhi

Co-Director of "Letters from Ms Iran"

United States

Mina Keshavarz

Producer of "Letters from Ms Iran"

MinDoc Film Production, Iran

Jude Chehab

Director of "Q"

Lebanon

Jehan Selim Harney

Director of "Searching for Mariam"

Egypt

Marc Berdugo

Producer of "Searching for Mariam"

Magneto, France

Barbara Conforti

Producer of "Searching for Mariam"

Magneto, France

Shahrokh Bikaran

Director-Producer of "Kamay"

Kamay Film, Holland

Ilyas Yourish

Producer-Director of "Kamay"

Kamay Film, Brussels

Basel Adra

Director of "No Other Land"

Palestine

Yuval Abraham

Director of "No Other Land"

Israel

Rachel Szor

Director of "No Other Land"

Israel

Hamdan Balal

Director of "No Other Land"

Palestine

Moderator

Sigal Yehuda

Founder & Executive Director

CLOSE UP, Belgium