Docu Rough Cut Boutique 2023 opens call for entries!

The programme is organized in three working modules: Sofia (first week of April 2023), Budapest (June 2023) and Sarajevo (August 2023)

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: Sofia (first week of April 2023), Budapest (June 2023) and Sarajevo (August 2023). 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. 

Previous projects that have participated at the Docu Rough Cut Boutique include among others: HER MOTHERS by Asia Dér and Sara Haragonics (Hot Docs 2020), HOLY FATHER by Andrei Dascalescu (Sarajevo Film Festival 2020), THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING by Mila Turajlić (Winner of the Best Feature-Length Documentary at IDFA), THE MAGIC LIFE OF V by Tonislav Hristov (World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival), SRBENKA by Nebojša Slijepčević (awarded at 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). The latest film by alumni Srdjan Keca MUSEUM OF REVOLUTION won Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary at 28th Sarajevo Film Festival.

The submission deadline is January 20th, 2023.


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

Over the years, our mentors have been: Tom Ernst, Hanka Kastelicova, Noemi Schory, Cat Le Clef, Kirsten Johnson, Albert Elings, Ilian Metev, Ivo Trajkov, Dimitra Kouzi, Rebecca Camisa, Ollie Huddlestone, Maya Hawke, Dana Bunescu, Jordana Berg.


The fee per team* amounts to €1000 and for all three modules covers:


Accommodation and subsistence 

Partial Travel bursaries 

*A Team consist of director and editor for the first two sessions and director and producer for the last one. 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: 20th of January 2023

Announcements of results: 15th of February 2023

Module Budapest: end of March 2023

Module Sofia: June 2023

Module Sarajevo: mid-August 2023

In order to apply, please click here.


Please, submit your application by the deadline – 20th January. Our jury will review your rough cuts and make a shortlist of projects, which will then be invited for an online interview during the last week of February. Then, we will make the final selection. 

The official language of the workshop is English. All members of the team must be fluent in English to participate. Selected participants must be present at all sessions.

We are looking forward to receiving your projects!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Neda at

And Ishak at

Docu Rough Cut Boutique is co-financed by Creative Europe – MEDIA program of the EU.

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