About AJB DOC Film Festival

AJB DOC is an international documentary film festival which will take place in Sarajevo on September 21 – 25, 2018. The Festival is organized by Al Jazeera Balkans, in cooperation with Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) and Al Jazeera Media Institute from Doha.

The objective of AJB DOC Festival is to promote authors and documentaries addressing social phenomena with a focus on universal human values such as courage, truth, justice, tolerance, as well as cosmopolitism.

The Festival includes both competition and out-of-competition selection which will be screened on several locations.

AJB DOC Festival competition selection will present 15 documentaries adapted for TV broadcast, whereas out-of-competition selection will bring the best film titles from European festivals.

AJB DOC Festival will present three awards. An international jury of five members will choose the best film of the competition selection and present the “AJB DOC Main Award”. All competition films also compete for the “AJB Program Award”, given by the Al Jazeera Balkans Program Department Jury. All films screened at the Festival compete for the “Audience Award”

Out-of-competitionselection of AJB DOC Festival - Last Minute Cinema – brings 5 acclaimed documentaries screened at renowned European festivals.

Any film selected for the AJB DOC Festival program may be considered for an acquisition agreement with Al Jazeera Balkans and for screening on its TV program.

During the course of AJB DOC Festival and in cooperation with Al Jazeera Media Institute, a several -day training will be organized for young authors, independent productions and students from the region lead by experienced trainers and film professionals that the Institute cooperates with. The goal of the training is to improve trainee skills and networking and to enhance cooperation on projects which might be interesting to Al Jazeera Media Network, as well as other TV outlets.

In addition to film screenings, the first edition of AJB DOC Festival will have post-screening Q&A sessions, socializing events, exhibitions and other supporting events which will create an atmosphere in which people can meet each other and exchange experience and will serve as a platform for ideas and new projects.

All interested film professionals not participating in the official Festival selection will be able to obtain accreditations for all program-related and supporting events and to meet authors, producers and other professionals that might help them in developing and implementing their projects.