BDC Discoveries 2017

Following seven successful editions, which proved our sustainable concept for tailor-made support for the documentary scene in the Balkans, it is our pleasure to execute BDC Discoveries 2017 – the project development workshop, aimed at uniting professionals with documentary projects with an international potential, and helping them to get exposed to potential financiers and partners on the European film market. BDC Discoveries remains the only one European training programme, which has its focus explicitly on the creative documentary collaborations with the Balkan region.

We are happy to have the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Commission and the State Institute for Culture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria, for this year’s edition, which is yet another indication for the importance of BDC Discoveries. We are further supported by Goethe-Institute in Sofia, Programme Culture of the Sofia Municipality and Bulgarian National Film Center.

BDC Discoveries 2017 takes place in 3 modules:

Module Sofia – 7-13 May 2017 – with focus on project development, storytelling, budgeting and international co-production strategies.

Module Prizren – 6-10 August 2017 – in the framework of a successful long-term partnership, this year the follow-up and package presentation session will be held at DokuFest in Kosovo It will be with focus on marketing, pitching preparation and distribution. BDC Pitching forum takes place, as observers are members of the pitching jury.

Module Belgrade– 1 – 5 November 2017– FREE ZONE Film Festival was founded in 2005 with the idea of finding physical and ideological space in Belgrade for discussion, re-thinking and understanding of current social phenomena and problems in Serbia, Balkans and in the world. By attending the festival and its industry programme, our participants will have the access to intensive networking that would lead to more visibility of the Balkan filmmakers and would enable possible collaborations.

The selected projects for this year’s edition of BDC Discoveries are:

Our special birthday

Director: Adrian Pirvu

Producers: Alexandru Solomon, Ada Solomon

Executive producer: Carla Fotea

Production Company: Hi Film Productions



Director: Melis Birder

Producer: Melis Birder

Production Company: Inhouse projects


Bride in search of happiness

Director: Tea Vidovic

Producers: Oliver Sertic, Tibor Keser

Production Company: Restart


The Black Wedding

Director: Dragan Nikolić

Producer: Jovana Nikolić

Production Company: Prababa Production


Sunday Lunch

Director/writer: Urban Zorko, Nina Cijan

Producer: Katja Lenarcic, Marko Kumer

Production Company: EnaBanda


The Unbearable Lightness of the Golden Age

Director: Ana Lungu

Producer: Anca Puiu

Production Company: Mandragora


Beauty of the Beast

Director: Anna Nemes

Producer: Agnes Horvath-Szabo

Production Company: ELF Pictures


We are also happy  to announce the three decision-making observers (participants without a project):

Laura Orlescu (Romania) – One World, Romania

Mirena Staneva (Bulgaria) – UNESCO Regional Center for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe.

Oli Gots (Bulgaria) – Cultural Manager

We are proud of the great team of tutors working with the selected projects: Rada Sesic, Paul Pauwels, Boris Mitic, Simone Baumann, Mila Turajlic, Alexander Manic, Melody Gilbert, Alex Pearson, Dimitra Kouzi and Martichka Bozhilova.

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