Docu Talents from the East Call for Entries

The call for submissions to the 19th Docu Talents from the East is open until May 31

The 19th edition of the Docu Talents organized by Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival is looking for new feature-length creative documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe, in post-production. New feature-length creative documentary projects will be presented as port of the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry platform – CineLink Industry Days with an aim to further their conversion and placement efforts.

Presentation of eight projects will take place on August 13th and it will be followed by one-to-one meetings with sales agents, festival representatives and other decision-makers accredited at Sarajevo Film Festival. 

The call for submissions to the 19th Docu Talents from the East is open until May 31. The eligible projects include mid-length or feature-length documentary projects at the post-production stage with expected premiere between September 2023 and August 2024. The eligible countries are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia (only for projects not supported by the Russian state institutions), Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

“For the last 19 years, Docu Talents has served as a launch pad for many documentaries by both renowned and emerging directors from the region. And each year, we discover more and more exceptional documentary projects and daring authors coming from Eastern Europe. We really look forward to this year’s crop,” says Marek Hovorka, director of Ji.hlava IDFF which has curated the programme since 2005.  

“The Docu Talents has proven to be an event that effectively interconnects documentary film professionals with festival selectors and producers. Each year we see very tangible results both for the careers of the selected filmmakers and for their films,” adds Jarmila Outratová, head of Ji.hlava industry.

Laila Pakalniņa, Vladimir Mansky, Bartek Konopka, Piotr Stasik, Peter Kerekes, Dmitrii Kalashnikov and Helena Třeštíková are among the directors whose projects were brought up by Docu Talents. The films had later world and international premieres at major film festivals including in Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Sundance.

The programme is held as part of the Visegrad Accelerator supported by the International Visegrad Fund. Applications and more information at

Jarmila Outratová / Head of Industry Office
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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