FEST-Pitching Forum is FEST’s international financing and co-production event, dedicated to the facilitation, development and financing of film projects.

Applicants have 5 minutes to present their pitch to world renowned experts, which include producers, distributors and financiers, all looking for new projects to support. At the end of each pitch there are 10 minutes for collective feedback and discussion with the experts. In addition to that, each applicant will have the opportunity to partake in an exclusive individual meeting with all the experts, for private feedback and counselling about their project.

The projects are divided into three categories: short film, feature film and documentaries, so we can build a panel of experts working in these fields within the international film industry. One session will be held for each category.

Before the Pitching Forum itself, there is a three days training focused on project presentations, head by two renowned experts who will help the applicants to prepare their pitch, so they can take the most of it.

FEST - Pitching Forum will be held in Espinho, Portugal, at Biblioteca Municipal José Marmelo e Silva, on June 22nd and 23rh 2018. The training activities will take place on the previous days: June 19th, 20th and 21st.
These are some names that have joined our Experts Panel in the past:

– Michael Katz – producer who works regularly with Michael Haneke, for whom he produced The White Ribbon and Amour;
– Angela Bosch – advisor in the fields of promotion, distribution and international co-production to the Spanish audiovisual industry;
– Paulo Trancoso – producer of Queen Margot and Night Train to Lisbon, from production company Costa do Castelo Filmes;
– Cynthia Hargrave – producer of Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson’s first feature film;
– Jarle Björknes – from the Norwegian film fund Filmkraft;
– Luís Ismael – from the Portuguese production company Lightbox;
– Chadi Zeneddine – programmer for the Doha Film Institute;
– Nuno Beato – from the Portuguese production company Sardinha em Lata;
– Scandar Copti – director of Ajami;
– Irena Taskovski – from the sales agency Taskovski Films;
– Tamara González – from the Portuguese production company Papaveronoir Filmes.

The feedback from our past participants has been excelent:

“A Broken Man” - Julien Kerknawi (Participant in the 2013 session)
'It was my very first film festival back in 2013 and the cinematic talent you get to hear speaking are full of great knowledge. The people you get to know and the very fun, laid back vibe is really inspiring and when you go home, you will be full of motivation to work further. The pitching session was a great way to find out what decision makers are paying attention to. To know the pitfalls and the opportunities of pitching, this place is a must-go.”

“The Kingdom of Shadows” (“All My Heart’s Desires”) - Daniel Fawcett (Participant in the 2013 session)
"The Kingdom of Shadows” certainly owes a lot to FEST, pitching our film at the festival was key for us in understanding the direction that we wanted to take the production, it enabled us to see how we wanted to move forward with the film and the kind of production structure that was right for us. We also met some of our key collaborators at FEST who after hearing about our films approached us about becoming involved."

“Wickham” – Nikolai Galitzine (Participant in 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 a while. 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 thank you!!!! 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.

“Lessons of Love” - Marija Fridinovaitè (Participant in 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.:)


1st Place – 3 months tutoring and project development by an Expert.
2nd Place – A weekend training at a FEST Film Lab Workshop of the winners’ choosing.
Post Production Award - Post-production services with one of our partners

But the most valuable takeaway for FEST - Pitching Forum will undoubtedly be the feedback and interaction with the experts who will participate for the entire two days.
Each panel will consist of no less than 11 producers, financiers and, project developers per session with considerable experience in the field - from television to documentary and fiction.

Firstly, each member of the panel of experts can select projects that they would like to develop/ tutor/ finance/ produce. If your project doesn’t win any of the immediate awards, or isn’t selected individually by any of the experts present to be developed/ tutored/ financed/ produced, there is still something extremely valuable you will take home: the feedback from some of the most experienced professionals in the film industry. This will be given to you immediately after your pitch, and privately at the end of the session. This will be constructive feedback that will help you to significantly improve your project, and will stay with you for the coming years.

FEST – Pitching Forum 2018

FEST – Pitching Forum is an international financing and co-production event dedicated to facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually strong cinematic film projects.

FEST – Pitching Forum is open to film projects from feature and short length films and documentaries.
We are interested in projects from experienced as well as emerging directors.
Submitted projects can be in different stages of development, from pre to post production. It is not required for a project to already have any financial backing and FEST – Pitching forum is opened to experienced as well as emerging artists.
The main criteria for selection will be the artistic merit of the project, its estimated potential and success, as well as its capacity to attract the necessary funding.

Project applications are only accepted via the online submission form on our website. Please note that there’s an entry fee of 60EUR (until 1st of December there will be an early bird discount of 10 EUR (50EUR entry fee) to be paid by Paypal, in order to complete the submission.
Only submissions that are duly completed and paid before the deadline will be considered.
We only accept one project per application.
If selected, the information submitted in the application is what will be published in the Book of Projects and on our website (unless otherwise stated below). The Book of Projects will be distributed to all the experts invited for Pitching Forum 2018 and it will be available on our website (www.fest.pt)
All materials must be in English. Alongside the obligatory information the applicant must add on the application form, we strongly encourage the applicants to send additional materials like:
· Note of Intent
· Synopsis
· Business Plans
· Visual Book / Moodboard
· Professional Portfolio

A maximum of 28 projects will be selected to FEST – Pitching Forum and the final pitch will be divided in three categories: Feature Length Films, Short Length Films and Documentaries.
There will be a three-day training event prior the Pitching Forum itself.
Notification about selection will be given as soon as possible after the project application deadline, on the 1st of April 2018.
If selected, the producer and/or director of the project will be entitled to a FEST – New Directors | New Films badge. The badge is free of charge only for the person responsible for the application.
This badge does not grant access to FEST – Training Ground. If you wish to attend FEST- Training Ground, the applicant will have to ask for an upgrade of the badge, which will have an administrative fee of 30EUR.
The selection committee decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome. Feedback is not guaranteed if your application is unsuccessful.

Selected projects will be featured in the Book of Projects with the information submitted for the application. The Book of Projects will be distributed to all Pitching Forum experts at FEST - Pitching Forum 2018.
Selected projects will also be featured in the FEST website. This feature will include the project’s working title, name of the director(s), production country, logline and main picture.
Participants will be presented in the FEST – New Directors | New Films catalogue with their name, portrait picture, professional title, country, professional profile and contact email.
Pitching sessions are conducted in English and take place during the 22nd and the 23rd of June 2018.
Each pitching applicant has a maximum of 5 minutes to present their project including visual material which must be used for the presentation. The pitch is followed by 10 minutes of feedback and discussion exclusively with the panel of experts.
Each Pitching session is followed up by a meeting with the applicant and all the experts and each participants have 5 minutes with this group. The spokesperson will give the group feedback and constructive advices in order to improve the projects.
Submission of project: 60 EUR (with early bird discount it’s until 1st of December – 50 EUR).
Project presentations
Industry networking
All regular festival screenings
FEST – New Directors | New Films catalogue
Profiles and contact information on the catalogue

Call for entries: 2nd of October to the 1st of April 2018
Notification of project selection: Mid-April/Beginning of May 2018

All FEST – Pitching Forum project MUST include the logo of Pitching Forum in the credits of the film once it is finalised. The following sentence must appear in the opening credits: “[FILM TITLE] has been presented at FEST Pitching Forum, organized by FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival [YEAR]”. The logo of FEST Pitching Forum must also appear in the end credits.
FEST AC is not legally responsible for the production of the films and cannot be held accountable for any production problems, plagiarism cases or any other factors related to the preparation, execution, distribution and exhibition of the final versions of the projects.

Your application and participation implies unconditional acceptance of these rules and regulations.
The organisers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations or processes at any time and without notification.

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