Call for entries to the 2nd edition of FUTURE DOCS is now open

From now on, documentary filmmakers and human rights defenders can submit their applications to FUTURE DOCS 2017-2018. The focus of this year's edition of the project will be Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as Central Europe.


We are looking forward to documentary filmmakers’ applications from all over Europe as well as human rights defenders’ and activists’ applications from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, North-West Russia, Ukraine, and Sweden. To find out specific information about the call, please check the guidelines for this year’s edition or go directly to the application forms for filmmakers and human rights defenders.

Deadline for human rights defenders and activists: August 27, 2017

Deadline for documentary filmmakers: September 15, 2017

FUTURE DOCS is a platform for creative encounters between documentary filmmakers and human rights defenders. It stems from a deep and established conviction that even though these two groups very often strive to turn the public’s attention to pressing issues, too rarely do they have a chance to work together. As a result, many exigent human rights problems remain hardly known, while other are hugely overrepresented. With FUTURE DOCS, we intend to bring about powerful documentaries with potential for tangible social impact.

FUTURE DOCS is an initiative of the WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival. It is organized by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in cooperation with the Bergen International Film Festival, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (Inconvenient Films Festival Vilnius), and Zvyano (Belarus), with the support from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the City of Warsaw and the Polish Institute of Film.



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