Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center announce the DOCU ROUGH CUT BOUTIQUE call for entries

Organized by Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center, Docu Rough Cut Boutique is a regional platform dedicated to documentary projects in the advanced phase of the editing process.

The programme is organized in three working modules: Budapest (March 2020), Sofia (June 2020) and Sarajevo (August 2020). The workshop progamme includes editing tutorials, group sessions and individual meetings with renowned documentary experts and professionals. The programme culminates at the Sarajevo Film Festival where five projects will be presented to the CineLink Industry Days decision makers (funders, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters, and festival programmers) with the aim of assisting their completion and enhancing their distribution possibilities. The submission deadline is February 5, 2020.

Projects coming from the following countries are eligible to apply:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia.

By participating in the Docu Rough Cut Boutique you can receive the following awards:

Digital Cube Award – in kind post-production services worth €20,000
CAT&Docs Award – €2,000
HBO Europe Award – €2,000
IDFA Award – the winner will be fully invited to IDFA 2020
DOK Preview Award – invitation to present a project at DOK Leipzig 2020

The fee per team* amounts to €1000 and for all three modules covers:
• Tuition
• Accommodation and subsistence
• Partial Travel bursaries
*A Team consist of director and editor. The producer could also attend if he/she covers the additional subsistence expenses. Scholarships are available based on financial merits after the selection process has been completed. 

Project Submission Deadline: 05 February 2020
Announcements of results: 28 February 2020
Module Budapest: end of March 2020
Module Sofia: June 2020
Module Sarajevo: mid-August 2020

In order to apply, please click here.

Previous projects that have participated at the Docu Rough Cut Boutique include among others: THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING by Mila Turajlić (Winner of the Best Feature-Length Documentary section at IDFA), THE MAGIC LIFE OF V by Tonislav Hristov (World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival), SRBENKA by Nebojša Slijepčević (Visions du Reel), SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE by Ilian Metev (La Semaine de la Critique Cannes), TOTO AND HIS SISTERS by Alexander Nanau (Tribeca Film Festival).

Official language of the workshop is English. Applicants must be able to communicate freely in English in order to participate.  

We are looking forward to receiving your projects!

If you have any questions, please contact:
Neda at
And Ishak at

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