Arts & Culture Pitch

Official Selection

Discover the six documentary projects selected for the Arts & Culture Pitch, sponsored by West Lake IDF, at Sunny Side of the Doc 2022, live in La Rochelle from 20 to 23 June 2022. Project's holders will benefit from coaching and mentoring sessions by industry experts in order to prepare their presentation and convince the decision makers present on the market.

Membres du jury:
  • Susana Guardiola, Director (Spain)
  • Patrice Gellé, Senior Documentary Producer, Bleu Kobalt (France)
  • Sean Wheatley, Head of Acquisitions, Passion Distribution (United Kingdom)

BLOWING UP AMERICA

Produced by: Heimatfilm GmbH + CO KG (Germany)
Directed by: Veit Bastian

Logline: An unlimited budget of millions, an Art House Italian arthouse director, a first time lead actor with a history of psychiatric problems, riots, the Black Panthers, FBI wire taps and a house to explode. What could possibly go wrong? --- Blowing Up America tells the extraordinary true story of director Antonioni and the making of Zabriskie Point.

CELTIC UTOPIA

Produced by: MDEMC (Sweden)

Directed by: Dennis Harvey, Lars Lovén

Logline: A feature music documentary about contemporary Irish identity, told through a new wave of young traditional musicians and archive material.

HUGO IN VENICE

Produced by : Fiumi Film (Switzerland)
Directed by : Stefano Knuchel
 

Logline : "Hugo in Venice" recounts Hugo Pratt's initiatory journey, starting from the small village of Malamocco, crossing the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, and finally arriving in Switzerland, where his quest becomes esoteric. It is a journey that presents the most spectacular of all human gestures: surpassing oneself.

THE HIDDEN EYE

Produced by: Wanda Films (Spain)

Directed by: Carlota Nelson

Logline: What brings us together as humans? How do we celebrate life, love, beauty, death? With these questions in mind and her camera in hand, Spanish photographer Cristina García Rodero continues to travel the world alone at 72 to capture the strikingly different ways in which humans engage in rituals, festivities and celebrations.

MATRIX, INSIDE & OUT

Produced by: Bellota Films (France)
Directed by: Benjamin Clavel


Logline: From the moment of its release, Matrix is a phenomenon of considerable influence, a moment of anthology that turned the history of cinema on its head. Matrix is also the birth certificate of the "bit generation", the kids of the eighties and nineties who are about to be propelled into cyberspace and the new millennium.

CAMERRAMAN

Produced by: Bridge Films (Czech Republic)
Directed by: Jana Hojdová


Logline: An aspiring Czech filmmaker, Jana Hojdova, embarks on a journey into the mind of cinematographer Robert Richardson, a three-time Oscar winner who has shot some of Hollywood’s most iconic films. As the two form a meaningful bond, Jana discovers his hidden scars and struggles, and learns that friendship and success both come at a price.

A word from the Pitch Sponsor

West Lake

"Holding a camera, setting up a microphone, and editing videos on his phone or her computer, documentary filmmakers set off on a metamorphic journey to perceiving the aura of the objet d’art that begins with reproducing the physical world. IDF is committed to sharing its perception and knowledge with the community. We’d like to conclude by quoting the Chinese philosopher and scholar, Lu Jiuyuan: 'Our ancestors upheld integrity and disapproved stratagems. They often present facts before making arguments.' "
DU Haibin, Director of West Lake International Documentary Festival

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