The forum will be conducted on August 29 - 30th, 2017. On August 23rd – 27th, selected projects have the opportunity to join an editing lab and a storytelling workshop.

Application and registration to Docs By The Sea is FREE. Filmmakers whose projects are selected to pitch may obtain travel grants*. Filmmakers who are not selected to pitch are welcome to participate in the forum with their own costs.

* Terms and conditions apply.
Documentary Forum
Docs By The Sea is an international documentary forum for creative documentary projects focusing on Southeast Asia. It is an excellent platform to network, obtain industry insights, and get your projects funded and distributed.

Thirty documentary projects will be selected to pitch. More than twenty five international decision makers are invited to provide feedback and to consider collaborations with selected projects.
Docs by the sea is initiated and organized by bekraf, in partnership with in-docs
BEKRAF is a specially formed governmental department under the President of Indonesia that is responsible for the development of Indonesian creative economy. Bekraf has been a key motor behind various strategic initiatives that fuel Indonesian creative economy from various sectors, including Docs By The Sea, which aims to improve the competitive edge of Indonesian documentary films in securing access to funding and distribution as well as to improve the quality of Indonesian documentary films.
Since 2002, In-Docs has conducted workshops in 13 cities in Indonesia, discovering raw talents and producing documentaries from unlikely places with a quality that is widely recognized among the Indonesian film scene and abroad. In-Docs also has also conducted documentary screenings in more than 30 cities in Indonesia. In 2015, In-Docs focuses on the building of documentary infrastructure in Indonesia by creating platforms and programs that connect Indonesian documentaries with the international industry and strategic partners that can widen the reach and the impact of the films.
Submit your project now
If you are a filmmaker with an ongoing documentary project who is looking for partners to complete or distribute your documentaries, you are eligible to apply for Docs By The Sea. Please download the following file, fill it out completely and send it back to:
Decision Makers
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Amy Hobby
Executive Director
Tribeca Film Institute (USA)
Amy Hobby has 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature and documentary film producer. She mentors emerging filmmakers worldwide and actively supports women directors through various initiatives launched through Tangerine Entertainment, which she co-founded. Her producing projects have included Secretary, Hamlet (with Ethan Hawke), Love, Marilyn and What Happened, Miss Simone?, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. She joined TFI as Vice President, Artist Programs in 2015.
Don Edkins
Steps (South Africa)
Don Edkins started AfriDocs in 2013, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa, that screens the best African and international documentary films twice a week, as well as special focus events on relevant issues facing African audiences. He has co-authored a book with Iiikka Vekhalahti on documentary filmmaking – Steps by Steps. He is a director of a non-profit organization that works in documentary film production, training and distribution, Steps, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Iika Vehkalahti
Executive Producer
Rough Cut Service (Finland)
Iikka Vehkalahti is CEO of his own company IV Films Ltd. He is an independent producer for YLE net platform and working permanently for Afridocs documentary tv-strand of STEPS. He is also managing director of Rough Cut Service and one of the Executive Producers of Dare To Dream Asia. Additionally he is Exeutive Producer of selected documentaries, tutoring and lecturing in different workshops and training programs.
Ulla Simonen
Founder - Made (Finland)
Ulla Simonen is the founder and producer of the production company MADE. She has also worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in national fund AVEK. Her filmography of over 50 titles includes both domestic and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction. Many of her productions such as The Idle Ones (2001) and Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart (2013) are multiple award nominees and winners.
Want to be our partner?
Members of the industry and the greater community of documentary films; you are warmly welcome at Docs By The Sea. Come and meet potential films, filmmakers, and partners!

Please email us and let us know how we can get you better connected.