Doc Lounge Caucasus

An unique exchange between the Nordic countries and the Caucacus region in project between Doc Lounge, Noosfera Foundation and documentary film festivals CinéDOC-Tbilisi, DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival and Apricot Tree Documentary Film Festival. 

Doc Lounge Caucasus is a two-year training program for regional film coordinators from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, who will screen and discuss contemporary documentary films in rural communities. The partnership of Doc Lounge and the Noosfera Foundation will develop an intensive training module for regional coordinators of three South Caucasus festivals: CinéDOC-Tbilisi (Georgia), Doku Baku (Azerbaijan), Apricot Tree Documentary Film Festival (Armenia) In addition, selected regional coordinators will have the chance to visit each other's festivals and do internships at Doc Lounge in Sweden.

Background/pilot project
In 2016 Doc Lounge and Noosfera Foundation started to collaborate and successfully applied for seed funding at the Creative Force program in January 2017 to do a pilot project including training for regional coordinators in Georgia. The project turned out really well with great outcome on both sides. Bringing together the resources of the Georgian partner organization: network of motivated regional coordinators and big collection of documentaries, with the resources and expertise of Doc Lounge, turned out to be beneficial for both parts and a great way for transferring professional skills and for enhancing a culture of free speech as well as democratic values in Georgia. After evaluating the pilot we decided to continue our work together and apply for a collaboration project.

The Noosfera Foundation is the organizer of the first documentary film festival of the Caucasus region (CineDOC-Tbilisi) and has introduced a section dedicated to human rights and democratic values: Civil DOC. In addition, the Noosfera Foundation, has initiated a regional film screening program engaging 40 regional coordinators to put up their own screenings all over Georgia.

DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival is an upandcoming independent film festival organized by a group of film professionals and enthusiasts on a voluntary basis. The first fetsival was held in October 2017 presenting interantional documentaries to a Azeri audience.

Apricot Tree Documentary Film Festival or simply Ujan IFF takes place annually in the beginning of Autumn in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan and the village of Ujan. It is as much a celebration of anthropological and ethnographic documentary films as it is a platform where filmmakers from around the world can meet, share and discuss ideas in a friendly atmosphere and possibly make plans for future collaborations.

The project runs from
24th of March 2018 - 23rd of March 2020

The project is funded by the Creative Force program, Swedish Institute

Workshop Plan:
Tbilisi, Georgien May 2018
Yerevan, Armenia, September 2019
Tbilisi, Georgia May 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan October 2019

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