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The Global Short Docs Forum is going to Ukraine

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Global Short Docs Forum

20th November 2018

Global Short Docs Forum is a unique initiative connecting short doc filmmakers with digital platforms; the next edition is open for applications now.

For the first edition of the Forum back in May London’s Frontline Club opened its doors to 16 documentary filmmakers selected from a global call. During the 4 day residential workshop the filmmakers benefited from invaluable pitching training, mentoring and masterclasses, and had the opportunity to pitch their projects to each of the attending platforms - including AJ+BBC ArabicBBC StoriesThe GuardianLushZinc, and Zoomin.TV.

Many of the participating filmmakers have gone on to have great success with their projects since attending the Forum. Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Shalaby pitched his short doc at the Forum, and secured a commission from BBC Arabic. His film will be released before the end of this year on the BBC Arabic channel and numerous digital platforms. Following up on connections made at GSDF, Peter Okojie, a filmmaker from Nigeria, is now working on a documentary series with the BBC, and Elena Horn, a doc filmmaker from Germany, received the Lush Film Fund for a short doc she is producing in Turkey. Jason Hanasik went on to secure a commission from The Guardian for the project he pitched at the Forum, and as a result of other contacts established during the one-to-one meetings, Jason had a second project commissioned by BBC Arabic.

After the resounding success of its first year, GSDF is back for 2019 and will be hosted by Docudays UA Film Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, and supported by the British Council. All expenses are covered for selected filmmakers to attend the Forum, and there are waivers available to applicants from Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Caucasus and Baltic Countries.

Applications still now open, and the fast approaching deadline is on 23 November. More info: