21 - 24 JUNE 2021 / EDITION N°32

Global Pitch Selection

 

During two days of pitch sessions (2 – 3 February), a selection of 12 investigative and current affairs projects which help us to understand the present-day world will be presented to a panel of top-level decision makers.

Each pitch will be followed by a live five-minute Q&A session, and will continue via pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with specific buyers and commissioning editors for initiating concrete creative and financial discussions.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Discover the 12 original projects from 9 countries selected by the jury that will be pitched for funding and industry leaders’ insights at Global Pitch 2021!


 

THE BATTLE FOR COBALT

Produced by: Dancing Dog Productions (Belgium), Les Films du Tambour de Soie (France), Esprit Libre (France)

Directors: Arnaud Zajtman & Quentin Noirfalisse

 

 


 

THE TAX WAR

Produced by: Mechanix Film AS (Norway)

Director: Hege Dehli

 

 


 

THE DEATH OF A BEE

Produced by: Artic Light AS (Norway)

Director: Asgeir Helgestad

 

 


 

FROM THE SHADOWS

Produced by: Filament Pictures Pvt Ltd (India)

Director: Miriam Chandy Menacherry

 

 


 

THE HUNGARIAN PLAYBOOK

Produced by: Film Five (Germany)

Director: Bence Máté

 

 


 

THE COMEBACK OF ASBESTOS

Produced by: Memento (France)

Directors: Thomas Dandois & Alexandre Spalaïkovitch

 

 


 

ZERO HEROES

Produced by: Spanner Films Ltd (United Kingdom)

Director: Franny Armstrong

 

 


 

FROM COLD WAR TO GREEN WAR

Produced by: Lardux Films (France), Tell Me Films (France), Mammut Film (Italy)

Director: Anna Recalde Miranda

 

 


 

MAFIAS IN EUROPE: THE DAPHNE PROJECT

Produced by: Forbidden Films (France)

Director: Jules Giraudat

 

 


 

MAKE IT LOOK REAL

Produced by: Staple Fiction (Australia), Projector Films (Australia)

Director: Kate Blackmore

 

 


 

SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Produced by: East Roads Films (Ukraine)

Director: Taisiia Kutuzova

 

 


 

DRIVING INTO THE STORM

Produced by: TEMJIN Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Director: Takakura Tenji

 

GLOBAL PITCH JURY

The Best Global Pitch Award, endowed with €3,000 from our partners and 2 accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc 2021, will be presented during a closing ceremony on February 3rd, 2021.
An exceptional jury was chosen to reward the team behind the best pitched project among the 12 investigative and current topics in competition. It brings together influential representatives of the documentary and audiovisual sector:

ELLEN WINDEMUTH

CEO at WaterBear Network (The Netherlands)


Ellen is the CEO of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new interactive video-on-demand platform dedicated to life on earth. Prior to WaterBear, Ellen was owner and CEO of Off the Fence, having founded the company in 1994. She is the Chair of the Jackson Hole Film Festival Board, Honorary President of the Sunny Side of the Doc 2019.

CLAUDIA BUCHER

Head of THEMA and Geopolitics ARTE G.E.I.E (France)


Part of the ARTE group since 1992, Head of THEMA and Geopolitics ARTE G.E.I.E. since January 2013. THEMA investigates current political, socio-economic, environmental, and public health issues. The GEOPOLITICS-slot observes and analyses the accelerating changes in a world of globalization. 

DEBRA ZIMMERMAN

Executive Director at Women Make Movies (United-States)


Debra Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a NY non-profit social enterprise that has been supporting women filmmakers with distribution and production assistance of their independent films since 1972.  For 13 years films and filmmakers from WMM’s programs have won or been nominated for Academy Awards.   including CITIZEN FOUR, SAVING FACE, STRONG ISLAND and this year’s FREE SOLO.

LAUREN EZELL KINLAW

Senior Story Editor, FRONTLINE | PBS (United-States)


Lauren Ezell is the series’ senior story editor, helping to oversee the work of FRONTLINE’s award-winning journalists and filmmakers. 

Until 2015 she worked for veteran FRONTLINE director Michael Kirk and was part of a team that won two Peabody Awards, two Dupont Awards, a Polk Award and six Emmy Awards. She has also contributed to documentary films for CNN and the BBC.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

“We are committed to creating and sharing documentaries that bring important issues to light and make positive impacts on the world. In 2020, we published “Road To Roxham”, a film co-commissioned with the CBC, joining refugees and asylum seekers travelling from around the world, through the USA and into Canada, often at great risk. We were also home to the YouTube Originals “Trapped”, which investigates the iniquities of the cash-bail system in America. We believe in the power of addressing urgent problems through human stories that engage a broad audience, create empathy and lead to pressure for policy change.”

 
Paul Woolf, Executive Editor of Real Stories

“I believe now, more than ever before, television has the power to inspire us. It allows us to feel deeper and connect to issues that once may have seemed so far removed for our everyday lives. Investigative documentaries that challenge the narrative are becoming even more important in our search to find solutions and create a better world for the future. Audiences are ready and thriving for stories that give us hope and opportunities to act.”

Loren Baxter, Head of Acquisitions, Off the Fence

GLOBAL PITCH KEY DATES

10th December 2020


Deadline for Global Pitch submissions.

17th December 2020


The 12 projects selected by a jury of independent experts will be announced.

11th – 15th January 2021


Mentoring and coaching week. During an online working session, our experts and mentors will help project managers transform and prepare their seven-minute pre-recorded pitch videos for Global Pitch.

22nd January 2021


Deadline for submitting seven-minute pre-recorded pitch videos.Formats accepted: MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, 3GP, AAC, FLV.

 

2nd – 3rd February 2021


Live Global Pitch and pre-arranged one-on-one meetings.

3rd February 2021


Announcement of the Global Pitch winning project.