Take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch your project to top industry producers, distributors, fund managers and investors!
REGULAR FEE Deadline until 31st of March!
We are accepting submission for:
FEATURE GEMS – Feature film projects
WORK IN PROGRESS – Feature film projects in post-production
MAKE IT SHORT – Short film projects in any development phase
SERIES – Series projects in any development phase
Our call for projects for this 2023 edition of FEST — Pitching Forum regula fee deadline will close on the 31st of March!
In this edition we have a great novelty: thecategory SERIES. This means that we’ll be accepting series projects in any development phase, from concept to post-production, looking for financing, international co-productions or post-production services.
FEST – Pitching Forum will maintain the other categories: Feature Gems for feature film projects in the early stages of development; Work in Progress for feature film projects in post-production; Make it Short for short film projects in any development phase.
The selected finalists will have 5 minutes to pitch their project to the international film industry decision-makers: producers, investors, fund managers, sales, distributors, and festival programmers; 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 to prepare a perfect pitch.
It will take place inside the 19th edition of FEST – ND | NF Festival, between the 20th and 24th of June, in Espinho, Portugal.
Over 250 projects from all over the world have been presented at Pitching Forum, many finding partners, and later being presented at international festivals such as Berlinale. Among the experts present during the event were renowned industry figures such as Finola Dwyer (producer for Brooklyn and An Education), Tim Corrie (member of United Agents and ex-chairman of the BAFTA’s), or Gareth Wiley (producer for Matchpoint and Vicky Christina Barcelona), among many others.
Filmmakers who are looking for support for their projects can apply now.
– Projects submitted until the 31st of March 2023 will enjoy Regular Fee discount – 60€;
– From then on, the submission will cost 80€;
– The Regrular deadline for submissions is the 31st of March 2023, at 23:59 (UTC);
Take the first step toward bringing your project to life.
We are looking for film projects in the following categories:
Feature film projects (min. runtime of 55 minutes) in early stages of development, looking for financing or international co-productions.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Feature film projects (min. runtime of 55 minutes) in post-production looking for financing or post-production services.
MAKE IT SHORT
Short film projects (max. runtime of 55 minutes) in any development phase, from concept to post-production, looking for financing, international co-productions or post-production services.
Series projects in any development phase, from concept to post-production, looking for financing, international co-productions or post-production services.
“The days I spent at the Pitching Forum were very intense and very helpful. In a very condensed period of time, I learned to get closer to my project and project it through a room full of professionals and potential audience.”
Franziska M. Hoenisch – Director (Winner of the 2017 edition)
ABOUT PITCHING FORUM
FEST — Pitching Forum is a platform for nurturing and developing film projects, where they are pitched to an international panel of film professionals. 24 projects will be selected for development and will pitch their project to the international film industry decision-makers.
These are some of the names that have joined the professional panel in the past:
— 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);
—Paulo Trancoso – President of the Portuguese Film Academy; Co-producer of Queen Margot and Night Train to Lisbon, from production company Costa do Castelo Filmes;
—Tivi Magnusson – Producer (The New Tenants, Adam’s Apples and The Green Butchers);
—Rachel Robey (Producer at Wellington Films);
—Paul Miller (Producer and former Director of Film Financing at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar);
— Gareth Wiley (Producer of Woody Allen’s Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona).
Selected projects will receive one full FEST 2023 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 19th edition of FEST, from June 19th to the 26th, 2023. The program features:
Film Screenings – 9 competitive and non-competitive sections, more than 200 films, Q&A’s, Filmmakers’ Corner, Beach Cinema;
Directors Hub & Sound and Music Hub – a new platform to further expand networking opportunities and create a meaningful exchange of knowledge, with case studies, round tables, debates;
TG – over 30 masterclasses, workshops and ateliers with top industry experts;
Industry Meetings – one-on-one meetings with leading industry professionals
Networking Dinners – informal evenings with guests and participants over Portuguese food and wine