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CEI-supported Balkan Young Talents Workshop held at Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival

The programme of this year’s Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, held in Belgrade and in other cities in Serbia from 22 to 29 May 2024, included a series of workshops, masterclasses, pitching sessions, and other activities aimed at developing new films and promoting networking opportunities among film experts. In this framework, the CEI supported the Balkan Young Talent Workshop providing a platform for young documentary filmmakers to explore and express their cultural identity through their artistic work.

Participants coming from several CEI countries had the opportunity to work with experienced tutors and mentors on their short documentary films, showcase their cultural backgrounds and exchange ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Through their short documentaries, they contributed to a better understanding of their region's diverse identities, fostering a sense of belonging. The workshop also served as an opportunity to introduce the local audience to the ever-evolving language and forms of cinema.

During the festival, the Beldocs Industry Days 2024 , the Beldocs Pitching Forum, and the Beldocs Market were also organised. Thanks to these various activities, the festival provided occasions for promoting partnerships with documentary film festivals throughout Europe and the Central and Eastern European region thus contributing to fostering collaborations and co-productions.

Beldocs, one of the leading international documentary film festivals in this part of Europe, takes place every May in Belgrade. Founded in 2008, every year it gathers over 150 international experts in the audiovisual industry, authors, and producers. More than 200 partners in Serbia, the region, and Europe support the work of the Beldocs film festival. A creative team of over 20 members organizes the Beldocs festival, including experts in film, design, and art. Since 2017, Beldocs has been a partner in European projects: #europeanfilmchallenge, AVA Doc, Moving Cinema, Young4Film, and is a member of the European Documentary Network.

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