December 15-16, the workshop "First Aid for Documentary Film: pitching, funds, money” will take place within the framework of  "Northern Lights DOC HUB» - the festival's educational platform.


Within two days of the workshop, participants will learn about the peculiarities of building a successful pitch, festival strategy and the sources of financing for documentary films.


Participants will also present their projects to a jury board consisting of the film industry professionals. The best project will receive a special prize - the accreditation and a trip to DocPoint Tallinn 2018.


Authors of the documentary projects of any stage of development (development, production, post-production), and of any duration (short and full length) are eligible to apply. Participation in the event is free of charge, but the number of projects is limited.


On Friday, December 15 at Art-Belarus gallery (Kozlova, str. 3) the workshop will begin with the theoretical part.


The following  lectures are scheduled:


  • “How to finance a film"- delivered by  Eva Brazdžionytė, Lithuanian representative of the Creative Europe MEDIA program, which supports European projects in the field of audiovisual culture;

  • «Кейс-стадзі фільма Віталя Манскага  “Родныя”» – Гунціс Трэктэрыс, латвійскі прадзюсар 26 дакументальных стужак, распавядзе пра фестывальную стратэгію і прасоўванне фільма;

  • "Introduction to the pitching techniques" - by Cecilia Lidin, Documentary film Commissioner of Danish Film Institute. She has over 20 years of experience in the financing and production of documentary films.


Also on the first day, the participants will pitch their projects to mentor board and the audience.


Saturday, December 16, will begin with a lecture by Cecilia Lidin on co-production opportunities in Nordic countries. Rest of the time is devoted to individual and group work: lecturers will advise on each project, evaluate their marketing potential, and teach pitching techniques. At the end of the day, the re-worked projects will be pitched once again. The best project (pitch) will be awarded with the accreditation and a trip to DocPoint Tallinn in January 2018 for 2-3 days.

To apply you must fill out a form before December, 8. For those who do not yet have the projects, the festival provides the opportunity to attend the event as a visitor. Click here  to register.


The working language of the workshop is English (with translation into Belarusian). Pitching has to be in English.


"DOC HUB Northern Lights" is an educational platform of Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival, which is annually held in Minsk and Vitebsk in April. The educational platform works during the festival and throughout the year and provides the knowledge needed to launch at the global film market.




Mentors board


Volia Chajkouskaya

 Director and founder of Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival, a producer of documentary films ("Volia Films"). In 2014, she founded the film festival as well as the production company "Volia Films" two years later. The debut documentary - "The Road" (dir. Dmitry Kalashnikov) was selected for First Appearance Competition at IDFA (Amsterdam).

Filmography: "The Road" (2016, dir. Dmitry Kalashnikov.), «Test-730" (2016, dir. Daria Korol.) "Fragile World" (2016, dir. Antsla Tammik, Estonia.). Now there are 3 new projects in various stages of development under her supervision.

Guntis Trekteris

Experienced Latvian documentary films producer with over 26 projects on his roster. Among them - the new film by Vitaly Mansky "Close Relations", which has hit the selection of IDFA and DocPoint, film festivals in Toronto, Karlovy Vary, and Trieste.

Guntis has been coordinating trainings and co-productions of Baltic Media Centre (Denmark) and producing Baltic Sea Documentary Forum. For 7 years he has been leading the Latvian Council of Cinematographers of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

Cecilia Lidin

Cecilia Lidin has over 20 years of experience in the financing and production of documentary films. She led the European Documentary Network and worked as the art director of Odense International Film Festival. Cecilia has been a film commissioner at Swedish Film Institute and now continues her work at the same position at Danish Film Institute. Her responsibilities include the selection of the most interesting and relevant projects for Danish Film Institute to support and oversees the further production. This year, she also personally produces the film Loving Lorna, which participated in Berlinale’s Generation 14+ program.

Eva Brazdžionytė

Lithuanian representative of the Creative Europe MEDIA, the subprogram of Creative Europe, which financially supports European projects in the field of audiovisual culture (film, television, music, literature, etc.). During the year, she attends the industry events of the biggest festivals and knows the current situation on the European film market. At her consulting Eva tells how the projects can receive financial support from Creative Europe MEDIA program.

Simon Drewsen Holmberg

Director of the Danish Film Institute in Riga. Professional lawyer with more than 10 years of legal practice in the field of film production.

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