FEST — Pitching Forum

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to pitch your project to top industry producers, distributors & investors!
FEST — Pitching Forum returns with a new online edition, taking place October 8 — 9, 2021. It will once again offer development awards and co-production opportunities.

Projects submitted until June 21st will benefit from the Early Bird Period (50€); from then on the Regular Fee (60€) will apply until its deadline July 23rd.

The selected finalists will have 5 minutes to pitch their work in progress to the international film industry decision-makers: producers, investors, fund managers, sales distributors and festival programmers in order to win awards, receive feedback and partake in one-to-one meetings. They will also have access to a three day training, headed by world-renowned project development experts, who will guide them on a way to preparing the perfect pitch.

Over 200 projects from all over the world have been presented at FEST — Pitching Forum, many of them finding partners and being later on presented at international festivals such as Berlinale. Past experts present during the event were renowned industry figures such as Finola Dwyer (producer for Brooklyn and An Education), Tim Corrie (United Agents member, and BAFTA’s ex-chairman), and Gareth Wiley (producer for Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona), among many others.

Filmmakers who are looking for support for their projects can now submit to FEST — Pitching Forum.

We are looking for FILM projects in the following categories:
Fiction, documentary and animation feature films (min. runtime 55 minutes) in early stages of development.
Fiction, documentary and animation films (min. runtime 55 minutes) in the post-production stage.
Fiction, documentary and animation short films (max. runtime 55 minutes) in either early or advanced production stages.
FEST — Pitching Forum is a platform for nurturing and developing film projects, where they are pitched to an international panel of film professionals. 22 projects will be selected for development and pitched at the next edition of FEST — Pitching Forum.

These are some of the names that have joined the professional panel in the past:

— Gareth Wiley (Producer of Woody Allen’s Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona);

— Tim Corrie (Founder of United Agents and former deputy chairman of BAFTA);

— Michael Katz (Producer of Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, Amour);

 Finola Dwyer (Oscar nominated and BAFTA award winning producer, head of Wildgaze films; Brooklyn, An Education producer);

 Jay Taylor (Executive Producer of The Hallow, The Trust, Guns Akimbo, and many others);

 Rachel Robey (Producer at Wellington Films);

 Paul Miller (Producer and former Director of Film Financing at the Doha Film Institue in Qatar).

Selected projects will receive one full FEST 2021 accreditation.

Since its establishment in 2004, FEST — New Directors, New Films Festival has quickly become one of the leading platforms for international film professionals, emerging and established alike, to come together to present their work, exchange knowledge, network and collaborate.

Set in the coastal resort town of Espinho, Portugal, FEST presents film competitions, masterclasses and workshops, Pitching Forum and more, featuring the biggest names in world cinema.

Join us at the 17th edition of FEST, from October 4th to the 11th, 2021. The program features:

Film Screenings – 9 competitive and non-competitive sections, more than 200 films, Q&A’s, Filmmakers’ Corner, Beach Cinema;

TG – over 30 masterclasses, workshops and ateliers with top industry experts;

Pitching Forum – pitch training and project development; pitching sessions;

FEST Nights – festival parties every night.

“Coming to FEST, you meet new filmmakers who have their own stories that inspire you. I think filmmaking can sometimes seem like a very individualistic pursuit. But actually it’s a team effort, and if you can find people you like to work with and are like-minded, that’s a really great way to go”

~ Paul Miller – Producer (Lone Star, Prozac Nation); Pitching Forum Jury.

FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival
Museu Municipal de Espinho
Loja 2 Norte, Rua 41 / Av. João de Deus
Espinho, 4500
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