Pitching Forum
HALO and MAILUKI FILMS award new prizes for Pitching Forum winners

This year, FEST — Pitching Forum is back stronger than ever. With applications closing August 10th (!), it's time to start unveiling the first batch of post-production and distribution prizes. Find them below and be sure to apply!

Film distribution company MAILUKI FILMS, will award a specific project of our MAKE IT SHORT section with an exclusive film distribution deal, led by industry professionals who will make sure your project reaches a worldwide audience. MAILUKI Films is headed by Eduardo M. Escribano Solera, and since 2008 has distributed short films all over the world, premiering them at prestigious festivals such as the Academy Awards, the European Film Awards, and others.

The WORK IN PROGRESS section of our Pitching Forum will be awarded a post-production prize from HALO, who will award the winner with color grading or sound mixing (winner's choice) for their project at HALO's facilities in the UK. The post-production company is one of the most prestigious post production facilities. They recently won, for the third time, the Broadcast Award for Best Post Production Facility. Their work includes Oscar nominated "Nocturnal Animals" and "Les Misérables".

Both of these sections' winners, plus the jury-selected FEATURE GEMS project, will also be awarded with a FEST FILM LAB prize, which will allow the winner to learn with industry experts at FEST FILM LAB workshop of their choice. Previous workshops were held, among many others, by cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh, designers Richard Morrison and Dean Wares, and academy-winner actress Melissa Leo.

Apply now, and don't miss out on these prizes!

In 2021, FEST — Pitching Forum returns with a new online edition, taking place October 8 — 9, 2021.

This new format will allow for a bigger panel of experts as well as a worldwide audience, granting access to industry gatekeepers that would otherwise not be available to travel to Espinho for the physical event. FEST — Pitching Forum  will also, once again, offer development and post-production awards as well as co-production opportunities.

FEST — Pitching Forum is looking for film projects in the following categories:

  • FEATURE GEMS — Fiction, documentary and animation feature films (min. runtime of 55 minutes) in early stages of development;
  • WORK IN PROGRESS — Fiction, documentary and animation feature films (min. runtime of 55 minutes) in advanced production stages;
  • MAKE IT SHORT — Fiction, documentary and animation short films (max. runtime of 55 minutes) in both early and advanced production stages.

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