Docs by the Sea 2022

Programme Description

Docs by the Sea is an international documentary lab and forum for creative documentary projects from Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and other Asian regions. Through Docs by the Sea, the selected documentary projects will obtain mentorship and pitching opportunities that allow them to connect with the international market.
Initiated in 2017, Docs by the Sea is organised by Kemenparekraf (the Ministry of Tourism and Economy Creative of the Republic of Indonesia, formerly BEKRAF) in partnership with In-Docs. Docs by the Sea 2022 is also co-organised by Docmonde and FFD, co-funded by the Franco-German Cultural Fund, and supported by Goethe-Institut Indonesien and Institut Français d’Indonesie.
This year, we are expanding our selection to docu-filmmakers of all Asian nationalities. Selected documentaries will participate in our Storytelling Lab, Editing Lab, and Creative Producing Lab on July 11–21; followed by a pitching Forum on August 18–26.

Our Labs and Forum

In Editing Lab, our mentors will give intensive consultation to filmmakers in shaping their rough cut into a stronger final cut. The lab is intended for the director and editor of the project who needs to tune the focus, pacing, and tone of their edit and pitch their project to an international forum. Our mentors this year are Ernest Hariyanto (Indonesia), Yaël Bitton (France), and Sebastian Winkels (Germany).

Notable alumni include In the Claws of a Century Wanting (International Programme, DOK Leipzig 2018), The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil (In competition, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2018).


In Storytelling Lab, our mentors will help filmmakers to understand what story they are making, how to tell it, and to whom. This is an excellent space for directors and producers to develop their projects and sharpen their creative vision to tell potential, urgent stories in the region and pitch them to an international forum. Our mentors this year are Tan Pin Pin (Singapore), Jane Mote (UK), Laurent Bécue-Renard (France), and Stefano Centini (Italy, Taiwan).

Notable alumni include Diary of Cattle (In competition, Visions du Réel 2019), How Far I’ll Go (Asian Premiere, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2019), Last Night I Saw You Smiling (Latitudes, Visions du Réel 2019).


In Creative Producing Lab, our mentors will work with emerging producers and provide precious industry insights on funding, distribution, negotiation, contracts, and handy skills necessary to navigate the market. Participants will acquire lessons beyond production administrations and technicalities, such as creative deliberation and networking skills. Participants will not pitch, but will be eligible for one-on-one meetings. Our mentors this year are Gary Byungseok Kam (South Korea) and Mikael Opstrup (Denmark).

Notable alumni include Mandy Marahimin (Indonesia), Primrin Puarat (Thailand), Chuck Gutierrez (The Philippines).


Our Forum gathers industry guests from all over the world on the lookout for the next Asian documentaries. Projects will have a chance to pitch and obtain international co-productions, broadcast commissions, acquisitions, cash funding, distribution, festival selections, and opportunities to pitch at other international forums. Past attendees include representatives from CPH:DOX, DOK Leipzig, DMZ Docs, IDFA Bertha Fund, Sundance, Vision du Réel, and Tokyo Docs, among others.

Important Dates

Event Start Date End Date
Call for Entry Tuesday, 1 March 2022 Friday, 22 April 2022
Programme Announcements Wednesday, 1 June 2022 Monday, 4 July 2022
Labs & Masterclasses Monday, 11 July 2022 Thursday, 21 July 2022
Forum & Industry Talks Thursday, 18 August 2022 Friday, 26 August 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply? Any producer or director with Asian nationality can apply for their project. We prioritise Indonesian and other Southeast Asian nationals.

Southeast Asia

Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.

Central Asia

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

West Asia

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

East Asia

China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan.

South Asia

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

What types of films can apply? The project submitted is a documentary produced/directed by Asian nationals. The project can be of any length, and at any stage of production given that there is already a pitch trailer/concept trailer made of the project.

Eligibility and Application Guidelines


Collaboration and Partnership