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:
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.
The Pitching Forum will be split into two main parts:
The announced prizes are as follows:
More prizes will be revealed soon.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Rules and regulations for FEST — Pitching Forum can be accessed here.
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.