STEPdoc 2011, a mobility grant of £1,500 for emerging Romanian documentary film-makers

23rd June 2011

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The new funding session for STEPdoc is now open. Applications are accepted until 15 September 2011 (postal mark). EXTENDED DEADLINE: 1 October 2011. STEPdoc mobility grant is a Ratiu Foundation programme which aims to help reinvigorate Romanian documentary film, stimulating artistic innovation. STEPdoc consists of a mobility grant per year, worth 1,500, which allows a Romanian film maker at an early stage of his or her career one month of immersion in the UK documentary culture. The STEPdoc mobility grant is to be used for the individual research in the UK of a specific project and / or for networking with a UK-based company in view of developing of a common film project. The process of application for STEPdoc is open to documentary film-makers of Romanian nationality working on creative documentary projects that relate to Romania or involve Romanian subjects without necessarily being shot in Romania. Preference is generally given to applications submitted by individual film-makers or independent producers. A proven commitment of the applicant to documentary form is desirable but not compulsory. The selection of the winning project is made by the Ratiu Foundation Board of Advisors. The successful applicant is personally notified in writing, and announced publicly during the Award Ceremony of the 11th edition of the Astra Film Festival. Astra, one of the most important documentary film festivals in Romania and Central and South-Eastern Europe, will take place in the city of Sibiu, Romania, from 25 to 30 October 2011. The application for STEPdoc consists of the following documents (in English): Letter of intention (see details below), Curriculum vitae and filmography of the applicant (max. 1 page each), When available, evidence of previous work (DVD), Documentation of the proposed project in development: - synopsis (max. 1 page), treatment (max. 2 pages), argument / motivation letter (max. 1 page), research / networking plan for the duration of the mobility grant (max. 2 pages), further funding envisaged for the production of the film (max. 1 page). The awarding of the STEPdoc mobility grant does not imply that the Ratiu Foundation will also allocate funds for the actual production of the documentary film. Whilst in the UK, the grant recipient will make their own accommodation and living arrangements. Advice, directions and suggestions on networking with UK-based film organisations and/or professionals is freely given to the grant recipient by the Board of Advisers. The Ratiu Foundation and STEPdoc are acknowledged by displaying the logo of the Ratiu Foundation in the credits of the films. The grant recipient will be expected to submit a report upon the completion of the mobility grant. Please send applications by post to the following address: Ramona Mitrica Director The Ratiu Foundation Manchester Square 18 Fitzhardinge Street London W1H 6EQ, England, UK


Please specify in your letter of intention the following: - Name, Surname, Date of birth, Nationality, Address, Telephone, E-mail, Professional status, Work address (if applicable). Also, please include the answer to the following questions: - Have you been to the United Kingdom on a professional visit before? If yes, please give details. - How did you find about STEPdoc? The grant recipients, from the establishment of the grant in 2007 up to the present, are: Tudor Botezatu (2010), Miruna Boruzescu (2009), Matei Alexandru Mocanu (2008), Adina Pintilie and Corina Radu (2007). For any further information about the STEPdoc mobility grant, please contact: Ramona Mitrica, Director, Ratiu Foundation on, or go to Note: Illustration above based on a poster by the Stenberg Brothers for Prodannyy Appetit (Sold Appetite, directed by Nikolai Okhlopkov, USSR 1928).