One World Romania – 16th edition
31 March - 9 April 2023

OPEN CALL / DEADLINE: February 2, 2023

CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH powered by ONE WORLD ROMANIA is returning with the 5th edition of the unique documentary development program with a focus on social issues and human rights. This edition will include a year of workshops, seminars and mentoring programmes with international specialists This edition will include workshops, seminars and mentoring with international specialists for a year and will take place between March 2023 and April 2024, in Bucharest.

Civil Society Pitch is an intensive documentary development program that brings together organizations and social activists with filmmakers, journalists or visual anthropologists from Hungary, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Romania, people who are concerned with the reality that surrounds us. The uniqueness of the program lies in the fact that NGOs and social activists propose themes and cases that they deal with and have access to, and the filmmakers then identify and choose possible documentary film subjects from among them, receiving the support of the respective organizations throughout during the making and release of the resulting films.

The first part of the program will take place between March 31 and April 2, 2023, within the One World Romania #16 Documentary Film and Human Rights Festival. During the three days, the participants will be involved in intensive seminars during which they will get to know each other, present their fields of activity and interests. Participants will be supported to create teams (filmmakers-activist/NGO) and define together a common project, guided by international mentors with experience in the field. After six months of research and development, after a follow-up session and a few more months of intense project work, the teams will showcase the results of their work in a public pitch – in the project presentation accompanied by a trailer, and the best project will be awarded with 4000 euros.

If you are from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria or the Republic of Moldova and want to debate social issues through documentary film, you are invited to register.

Deadline: February 2, 2023.

Why apply as a filmmaker?

Often filmmakers want to tackle major issues related to the society we live in, but feel they lack first-hand experience, access to vulnerable communities, or a deep understanding of social issues. To overcome these perfectly valid hesitations, we aim to engage filmmakers or visual researchers interested in such topics in a dialogue with representatives of civil society who have wide access to poorly or not at all publicized human rights social stories.

Registration link for filmmakers - Registration

Why apply as a NGO?

Non-governmental organizations often suffer from a lack of visibility in mass-media, and therefore their dedication and hard work doesn't always pay off. Many times, even the authorities’ indifference can be vanquished if civil society asks for concrete measures - but this cannot happen unless the general public is correctly informed. Because audio-visual materials are amongst the most efficient tools of modern activism, the CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH workshop aims to encourage the production of quality documentary films with a high social impact, which will widely publicize East-European human rights issues and stories.

NGO registration link - Registration

The CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH program is initiated and coordinated by the One World Romania Association, and the program partners are Balkan Documentary Center (Bulgaria), the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary) and the MOLDOX Association (Republic of Moldova), National University of Theater and Cinematographic Art "I.L. Caragiale" (Romania), Master of Anthropology SNSPA & Master of Visual and Society Studies SNSPA (România).
The CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH program is part of a cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration.

*The project does not necessarily reflect the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not liable for the content of the project or for the way in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the beneficiary’s responsibility.

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