Global Pitch 2022

Women's Voices

The Best Global Pitch endowed with €3,000 by our sponsors plus 2 full passes for Sunny Side of the Doc 2022 goes to:
 

BROKEN FLOWER

Directed by: Sarvnaz Alambeigi
Produced by: Rabison Art (Islamic Republic of Iran)
 
Logline: “A teenage Afghan girl joins the Afghan Muay Thai national team despite domestic violence and threats from ISIS and the Taliban.”

Jury's Choice: “The filmmaker’s approach to the character’s story is very intimate and personal. The story is important and she’s a very compelling character fighting for freedom.”  

More than 325 professionals from 57 countries including 81 international decision-makers (54,5% from the European Union, 12% from North America and 33,5% from the rest of the world) attended the presentation of 12 original stories with a female perspective on February 22 & 23, 2022.
The aim of the Global Pitch 2022 sponsored by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel / Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival (AJB DOC) and PBS International was to facilitate the international financing and coproduction of projects focusing on Women's Voices.

We welcomed important, compelling, topical, relevant and original stories with a female perspective. While we wish to champion women filmmakers, particularly from under-represented communities, we are open to all off screen talents.

The Global Pitch kicks off Sunny Side of the Doc 2022 and our year-long online activities which will focus on the Diversity of voices!. Sunny Side of the Doc aims to bring to light projects, stories and talents from diverse geographical, social, racial, age and gender backgrounds. It wishes to embrace the diversity of narration of the documentary genre. It will take place in person in La Rochelle from June 20th  to 23rd .

Why Global Pitch?

The first Global Pitch in February 2021 was dedicated to investigative and current affairs projects, when our planet, our daily lives and our industry were being turned upside down by the pandemic. We wanted to explore complex issues and challenges, and ensuring that the documentary genre plays a leading role in understanding the world around us and in inspiring change. The 12 selected projects were pitched to 100+ decision makers and found coproduction, prebuy and acquisition deals.
 
Sunny Side of the Doc is committed to gender parity in order to keep the documentary business thriving, to foster women’s empowerment both in front and behind the camera and to champion talents and new voices coming up on the international marketplace.

Women make up half the world’s population but are still far from being treated on a equal footing with men, even in countries at the forefront of gender equality. And yet the positive links between gender equality, empowerment of women and effective and sustainable development are very clear.

72% of the selected projects at Sunny Side of the Doc 2021 were driven by female talents (directors and producers) and women made up half our mentors, jury members, experts and panelists. No such results can be achieved, let alone maintained and improved, without a steadfast commitment. The Global Pitch 2022 is yet another step in embracing and celebrating a diversity of talents and stories.

Official Selection

After receiving more than 180 projects issued from 47 countries, 12 global projects were selected to pitch online on February 22-23. 

An exceptional jury was chosen to reward the team behind the best pitched project among the 12 compelling stories in competition. It brings together influential representatives of the documentary and audiovisual sector including Lucila Moctezuma, Program Director at Chicken & Egg Pictures (United States), Mehdi Bekkar, Sr. Producer - In House Production | Production Department, at Al Jazeera Media Network (Qatar), Gugi Gumilang, Executive Director at In-Docs (Indonesia).
Discover the nominees below.

PITCHING SESSION - DAY #1

#1 OCCUPIED TERRITORY
Produced by: Rymer Childs (Australia)
Directed by: Judy Rymer

#2 AAZADI (FREEDOM)
Produced by: Aazadi (Germany)
Directed by: Rees Dale

#3 BROKEN FLOWER
Produced by: Rabison Art (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Directed by: Sarvnaz Alambeigi

#4 DRAW FOR CHANGE!
Produced by: Clin d'Oeil Films (Belgium)
Directed by: Laura Nix, Nada Riyadh, Arya Rothe, Karen Vazquez Guadarrama, Anna Moiseenko, Alisar Hasan, Alaa Amer

#5 EAT BITTER
Produced by: Kea-Kwis Production (Central African Republic)
Directed by: Pascale Appora-Gnekindy, Ningyi Sun

#6 THE CORD
Produced by: GoDolphins Films (Brazil)
Directed by: Nolwenn Hervé

PITCHING SESSION - DAY #2

#7 DEVI
Produced by: Mediadante (Nepal)
Directed by: Subina Shrestha

#8 WE HAD TOO MUCH RAIN THIS YEAR
Produced by: Beyond Frozen Films Co.LTD (China)
Directed by: Cheng Chen

#9 FINDING LA SINGLA
Produced by: La Fábrica Naranja (Spain)
Directed by: Paloma Zapata García

#10 WE ARE BERTA
Produced by: Not So Crazy! Productions (Belgium)
Directed by: Matthieu Lietaert, Erika Gonzalez

#11 SISTERS ACT
Produced by: Amok Films (France)
Directed by: Dea Gjinovci, Antoine Goldet

#12 GENDER WARS
Produced by: Cave 7 Productions Inc. & World on Fire Productions Inc. (Canada)
Directed by: Rebecca Snow

Schedule

During two days of pitch sessions (February 22nd – 23rd), the 12 selected projects were presented to a panel of top-level decision makers in pre-recorded video pitches. Each pitch has been followed by a live 8-minute Q&A session, and continued via pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with specific buyers and commissioners for initiating concrete creative and financial discussions. 
 
Each session were held from 3pm to 4.30pm CET. and was preceded by a Meet the Executives session from 2pm to 3pm CET.

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