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Pitching Forum Call for Submissions

Sunday, October 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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FEST - PItching Forum submissions now open!
Enjoy the early bird discount until December 2nd.
For the 7th year, FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival is proud to hostFEST - Pitching Forum.
FEST - Pitching Forum is aunique opportunityfor upcoming filmmakers to pitch their projects totop industry producers, financiers, fund managers and investors. In past years we've had over200 projectsbeing pitched from all over the world. We had participants from Spain, the UK, USA, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, among many other countries.
In a5 minute pitch, each participant will have the chance to unravel their project, in whatever way seems more appropriate. Each pitch will be followed by a10 minute feedbackwindow.This will beconstructive feedbackthat will help you to significantly improve your project, and will stay with you for the coming years.
There will be3 independent and thematic pitching sessionscovering the following types of projects:
- Feature Fiction Film;
- Short Fiction Film;
- Documentary (short or long film).

A total of 28 projects will be selected and t
he selected scriptwriters, writer-directors and producers will also be able to participate in a3-day training-programin preparation for the Pitching Sessions.

Project submissions are now open and can be donethrough our website.
FEST Pitching Forum is really the chance of a lifetimeand can open many doors.It will be held in Espinho, Portugal, at Biblioteca Municipal José Marmelo e Silva, on June 22nd and 23rd 2018. The training will take place on the previous days: June 19th, 20st and 21nd.
Each of the pitching sessions will haveimmediate awards. The most valued projects will have the opportunity to be mentored and helped develop by one of the experts, who will surely help the project get to a new level, otherwise hard to achieve.

Each of the 3 sessions will have immediate awards at Pitching Forum. The most valued projects will have the opportunity to be tutored and helped in their development by one of the experts, who will support the project to and help it get to a new level. The list of awards is the following:

Mentorship Award

3 months tutoring and project development with an expert.

FEST Film Lab Award

A weekend training at a FEST Film Lab Workshop of the winners’ choosing.

Post Production Award

Voucher for Post-production services with one of ourtop ratedpartners. In 2017these awards were sponsored by Goldcrest Films, Halo Post Production and Envy Post Production.

Our experts panel, will feature a large number ofinternationally acclaimed producers, financers, agents and other gatekeepers that can really take a project to the next level. The list of experts will be announced soon.

These are some names that, among many others, have joined our expert panel in the past:

-Michael Katz– producer who works regularly with Michael Haneke, for whom he produced The White Ribbon and Amour;

-Tim Corrie – Founder of United Agents and former deputy chairman of BATFA;

-Gareth Wiley – producer of Woody Allen’s “Matchpoint” and “Vicky Christina Barcelona”;

- Cynthia Hargrave – producer of Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson’s first feature film;

-Angela Bosch – advisor in the fields of promotion, distribution and international co-production to the Spanish audiovisual industry;

-Rachel Robey – producer at Wellington Films:

- Paul Miller – producer and formerDirector of Film Financing at the the Doha Film Institute in Qatar.

To apply forPitching Forumyou need to fill in the entry form inour website.

Submissions will be open fromOctober2nd 2017 until the 1st of April2018.

Projects submitteduntilDecember 2nd2017 will enjoy theEarly Bird Fee of 50 Euros. From then on
submissions will be subjected to a fee of 60 Euros per project. However,if the project is submitted by a FEST Training Groundparticipant the fee is only 25 Euros.

Out of all the submitted projects, 28 will be chosen to be part ofFEST Pitching Forum, and will be featured in the event’s Book of Projects.


Nikolai Galitzine- Winner of the 2014 session

"Tim (Corrie) is amazing! We are still meeting, and he has been a great support. The mentorship is still continuing, and I believe will continue for awhile. He is very supportive and is giving me great advice! I am beginning on a feature project at the moment and he is continuing to follow my progress.Many many thanks! I really needed this. To have such an important figure of the British Film industry taking an interest in my work has given me a huge amount of self confidence to push forward."

Marija Fridinovaitè - Winner of the 2015 session

"The number 1 thing that I learned in FEST Pitching Forum was confidence - trusting yourself and your project. There is no one in the world that can tell your story better than you can. Even though it always requires some preparation, that is all it is about. With preparation comes the respect for your audience and the success. In Espinho I learned that it is not so much about the performance, but about being honest and humble. As long as the heart is there, there is no need to dread really. "