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Support to the New Wave of Kosovo filmmakers - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

DokuFest’s Film Grants, known as “Support to the New Wave of Kosovo Filmmakers,” is a prestigious initiative in Kosovo designed to nurture emerging talent in the film industry. This program offers a cash budget, production mentorship, and distribution support to promising filmmakers based in Kosovo. It is part of DokuFest’s broader program, “Furthering Democratic Society through the use of Arts and Culture,” supported by Swedish Embassy in Kosovo, which aims to address contemporary societal challenges such as the erosion of democratic institutions, lack of dialogue, and exclusion, by merging arts, culture, and relevant social issues.

We are seeking applications for up to 6 film ideas that will be short-listed based on the proposal and supporting visual materials submitted. Selected projects will then be further developed with the input of film professionals. Ultimately, 6 filmmakers will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to an online panel of experts, who will commission one film to be produced in 2024.

DokuFest will provide a cash budget of 7,000 Euros, along with a professional camera and in-kind production and distribution support. Additionally, the selected filmmakers will receive mentoring over a six-month period to help create vibrant and thought-provoking contemporary stories.

A key focus of this program is to support local talent, young storytellers, directors, and producers, in producing and distributing local stories to international markets. Through this initiative, we aim to promote local narratives from the perspective of young and creative artists.

These grants offer an alternative funding opportunity for filmmaking in Kosovo, specifically targeting filmmakers who can develop and deliver their projects within a set time-frame. Individuals ready to collaborate with young producers through registered film production companies are eligible to apply.

Join us in this exciting opportunity to contribute to the vibrant film industry in Kosovo and showcase your creative storytelling skills to a global audience. Apply now to DokuFest's Film Grants and be part of the new wave of Kosovo filmmakers.

Given that the selection committee consists of international film professionals, it is imperative that all materials be submitted in English.


—Individuals born after 31 December 1994 (citizens of the Republic of Kosovo)


—Individuals will be eligible to apply for funding for a period of maximum 9 months including preproduction, production, coaching and delivery of the final cut of the film. The maximum budget requested for funding from this call for one grant should not exceed EUR 7,000.


—Applicants should complete the online form HERE. Only applications that comply with all the requirements of the call specified in the guidelines for applications and application form will be considered. Any question you may have on the preparation of applications or grant application details can be sent until 24 March 2024 via e-mail at [email protected].







Important Notice

◼ Deadline for Applications: 8 April 2024

◼ Questions related to the call can be submitted until 24 March 2024

◼ Notifications of projects selected to pitch: 22 April 2024

◼ Pitching Sessions: between 2 and 5 of April 2024

◼ Notification of winners and assignment of Mentors: 6 May 2024.

"The film school 'Future is Here' at DokuFest has built my skills in using professional editing software. These have helped me to professionally engage at the Media Center of Jacobs University in Germany, where I have been creating multimedia content for scientific communication for the last two years."

Flutura Balaj, Student, Physics and Earth Sciences, Jacobs University - Bremen, Germany