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Wednesday, February 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
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FEST - PItching Forum 2018: Envy, Goldcrest and Halo post-production awards

Submit you project until the 4th of March

The 2018 of FEST - Pitching Forum is warming up and withless than two months until the submission period endswe bring you some fresh news:Envy Post-Production,Goldcrest FIlms and halo, are back to award the winners with the Post-Production award.The winners of this award will be offered Post-Production services in one of the leading post - production powerhouses in the world.

ENVY Award for Best Documentary Film project:
ENVY Post-Production
One of the leading post houses in the UK working on Broadcast and Advertising, based over 6 buildings in the Noho area of London and have in excess of 200 operational areas including off-line AVID, Online, Grading, Smoke, Flame, 3D and Audio, including a Dolby Atmos licensed studio.

Goldcrest Award for Best Short Film project:
Goldcrest Films
A market leading supplier of Academy and BAFTA Award winning picture and sound post production services for film and broadcast projects, all under one roof in our central London facility Audio services include state of the art dubbing theatres, ADR and Foley recording, sound design and editing suites and a range of production office

Halo Award for Best Feature Film project:
Based in London’s Soho, halo provides television and film producers with the full range of post production services.Winners of the Broadcast 2014 ‘Best Post Production Facility’ award and charting at No.3 in the 2015 Televisual Top 50 facilities producer’s poll, halo’s quality of service, talented team and state-of-the-art technical infrastructure have resulted in its reputation as a great place to work.

These awards are a precious help to any project: on one hand they give films awareness, while on the other hand provide huge relief in the project’s budget. To projects on early developmental stages, the industry credibility given by attaching the project to such respected and cemented houses can even help secure further funding.

FEST - Pitching Forum is aunique opportunityfor upcoming filmmakers to pitch their projects totop industry producers, financiers, fund managers and investors.

Project submissionscan be made until the 4th of Marchthrough our website.

Check out what happened in last year's edition of FEST - Pitching Forum in ourlatest blog entry
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)

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, onJune 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. These Awardssponsored 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.

Submissions forFEST - Pitching Forumwill be open until the 1st of April

To apply for FEST -Pitching Forumyou need to fill in the entry form inour website.

Submitting a projecthasa 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. "

Franziska Margarete Hoennisch - Winner of the 2017 session

"The days at Pitching Forum were very intense and so helpful! In a very condensed period of timeI learned how to get closer to my project and to get it across a room of professionals and a potential audience.
It was really an experience that I don’t want to miss and helped me great deal for my further process of the film. The teachers are such empowering personalities, who kept pushing me and my project to its best.The price that I won gave me a lot of confidence plus I will be able to continue my pathway of learning with a FEST Lab Workshop!
Thank you Pitching Forum!"