Pitching Forum

FEST — Pitching Forum is an international film financing and co-production event focused on the facilitation, development, and financing of film projects.

The forum is divided into three 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.

In total, 22 projects will be selected. Selected finalists will pitch their project to international film industry decision-makers: producers, investors, fund managers, sales, distributors, and festival programmers; in order to win awards, receive feedback and partake in one-to-one meetings. They will also have access to training sessions headed by world-renowned project development experts, who will guide them on the way to preparing a perfect pitch.

In 2021, FEST — Pitching Forum will take place online. This will allow for a a bigger panel of experts and a worldwide audience, granting access to industry gatekeepers that would otherwise not be available to travel to Espinho for the physical event.

Each participant has 5 minutes to pitch their project to our jury and a panel of world-renowned experts, including producers, distributors, and financiers that will be revealed closer to the event. Each pitch is followed by a 5 minute Q&A, between the participants and the jury and panel.

The awards will be decided by the jury after all the project pitches are over — and the winners will be announced during the event.

Participants will also have the opportunity to partake in exclusive individual scheduled meetings with the FEST – Pitching Forum Jury for private feedback and counselling about their project. 

 

DATES

The Pitching Forum will be split into two main parts:

  • The training sessions, held exclusively online (the dates will be announced soon);
  • The final pitch sessions will be held online on the 8th and 9th of October.

 

AWARDS

The announced prizes are as follows:

  • HALO award for the WORK IN PROGRESS winner, who will be granted either a sound mixing or color correction (winner's choice) prize at HALO's top-of-the-line facilities;
  • MAILUKI FILMS award for a specific MAKE IT SHORT winner, who will win an exclusive distribution deal with the film distribution company;
  • FEST FILM LAB award for each section's winner, who will be able to choose a FEST Film lab workshop at their choice to attend.

More prizes will be revealed soon.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Rules and regulations for FEST — Pitching Forum can be accessed here.

 

PAST EXPERTS

Some experts that have joined our jury panel in the past include:

Finola Dwyer – Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning film and TV producer, and head of Wildgaze films. She was a producer on Brooklyn, An Education, and Severance;

Michael Katz – Producer who works regularly with Michael Haneke, for whom he produced The White Ribbon and Amour;

Tivi Magnusson - Producer (The New Tenants, Adam's Apples and The Green Butchers);

Paul Miller - Producer Snow Angels and Prozac Nation Tim Corrie – Founder of United Agents and former deputy chairman of BATFA;

Gareth Wiley – Producer of Woody Allen’s Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona;

Sean Gascoine - Talent agent at United Agents;

Isabel Lima - Distributor at NOS Audiovisuais;

Cynthia Hargrave – Producer of Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson’s first feature film;

Kami Naghdi - Lawyer, head of film and TV at Clintons;

Angela Bosch – Advisor in the fields of promotion, distribution and international co-production to the Spanish audiovisual industry;

Rachel Robey - Producer at Wellington Films;

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;

Pandora Cunha Teles - Producer (Al Berto and A Mãe é que sabe).

 

FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS

"The Kingdom of Shadows certainly owes a lot to FEST. Pitching our film at the festival was key for us in understanding the direction we wanted the production to take." 

— Daniel Awcett, The Kingdom of Shadows.

"Tim (Corrie) is amazing! We are still meeting, and he has been a great support. To have such an important figure of the British Film Industry taking an interest in my work has given me a huge amount of self-confidence to push forward." 

— Nikolai Galitzine, Wickham.

"The number one thing I learnt at FEST - Pitching Forum was confidence. There is no one in the world that can tell your story better than you can. In Espinho, I learnt that it is not so much about the performance, but about being honest and humble."

Marija Fridinovaitè, Lessons of Love.