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Docs By The Sea is the only international forum that focuses on creating a supportive ecosystem for documentary films in Southeast Asia. It is initiated and organized by In-Docs, a non-profit organization committed to foster an open society through documentary films.

It is a rare intimate gathering of documentary filmmakers and international industry members who are looking to build understanding and collaborations that can elevate genuine and creative storytelling from Southeast Asia. Through this forum, documentary projects in Southeast Asia can obtain international co-productions, broadcast commissions, acquisitions, cash funding, distribution, festival selections, and opportunities to pitch at other international forums.

Docs By The Sea 2020 will be held on 21 - 28 August 2020 in Bali, Indonesia.


In partnership with Tribeca Film Institute, the second edition of IF/Then Southeast Asia is held in conjunction with Docs By The Sea. The program provides project funding and creative distribution mentoring to short documentary filmmakers from story-rich communities across the globe. It stands out for its capacity to leverage short documentary film as a vehicle for responsive, community-driven storytelling and filmmaker viability. It is a fund and also a distribution initiative - the first of its kind to support independent short-form storytelling in an effort to maximize revenues and garner the widest possible international audience for our films.

IF/Then Southeast Asia Story Development Lab will be held on 11 - 13 June 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia. From the lab session, selected projects will further be selected to participate in Docs By The Sea Pitching Forum 2020.

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