Call for Entry

Docs by the Sea – Call for Projects 2023

The Docs by the Sea (Indonesia) is calling for documentary projects until April 24, 2023.

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.

Availability & Access
All labs will be conducted in English. Unless in public eve1ts the program does not provide an individual translator for on-English speaking participants.
All online activities will be conducted between 14:00 to 21:00 UTC+7
Should the quarantine regulations in Indonesia be lifted, producers of selected projects in Development Forum might be required to travel to Indonesia to meet with French and German co-producers.

Call for Entry: From March 1, 2023 to April 24, 2023
Participant Confirmations: From June 12, 2023 to June 16, 2023
Storytelling & Creative Producing Labs: From July 17, 2023 to July 27, 2023
Editing Labs: From August 28, 2023 to August 31, 2023
Pre-recorded pitch submissions: From September 2, 2023 to September 5, 2023
Forum: From September 4, 2023 to September 9, 2023

To be eligible for the Docs by the Sea Labs & Forum, the project must be produced or directed by a national of any of these countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. – Participants will be required to show proof of their nationality upon confirmation.


The project submitted is a documentary project at any stage of production, on the condition that there is already a pitch trailer/concept trailer made of the project.


Project is factually accurate with an authentic perspective.
Filmmakers follow best practices in documentary ethics.
Project is designed with a specific audience in mind and have the potential to do well in the global distribution circuit.
Access to the character(s) in project should be secured.
Project is led by emerging filmmakers from Indonesia, Southeast Asia, or other Asian countries with limited access to funding opportunities.
Feasible to be completed, with a realistic budget for the scale of the project and a potential to find sufficient funding; including the filmmaker fee to reflect that all crew will be able to work professionally to complete the film.
Filmmakers chosen for labs are ready to collaborate internationally, or they show potential but need further help to reach the international market.

Submission Fee: FREE
Deadline: April 24, 2023

To know more about the Application Guidelines please visit:

To submit to the Docs by the Sea please go here:

To see other Call for Entries please follow the next link: “Call for Entries”.

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