This year’s Edinburgh Pitch took place online on 15th and 16th June, with 12 filmmaking teams from around the globe presenting their projects to commissioning editors, funding bodies, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers.
Scotland’s only international documentary pitching forum, Edinburgh Pitch is aimed at independent filmmakers and companies raising finance for creative feature documentaries and considering international co-productions.
Although the panellists were overwhelmed by the high standard of all the presentations, special congratulations must go to director Simon Chambers and producer David Rane, who won the Best Pitch Award for their project, Nuncle.
Nuncle follows Simon as he tries to look after his dying uncle, David. David is a gay 86-year-old actor who has lived on his own for decades and is fiercely independent. Simon unwillingly gets drawn more deeply into David’s life, often questioning whether he is making the right decisions. How much agency and independence should older people have in their lives?
Speaking after the win, Simon and David said, “Taking part in the pitch has given us the confidence that Nuncle is a universal project which has all the ingredients to appeal to a wide audience: humour, poignancy, and a string of social issues that everyone can identify with and which need to be addressed. We were thrilled to be picked from so many other exciting projects and feel the Edinburgh Pitch Award will now enable us to take this project to the European and International marketplace and move beyond the confines of our own borders and pools of finance. Thank you for the vote of confidence in our film.”
This year’s selected projects were:
- Afterlife – Director: Malin Nicander / Producers: Ashley Smith, Mario Adamson (Sweden)
- Another World – Director/Producer: Tushar Madhav (India)
- Black Snow – Director: Aline Simone / Producer: Kirstine Barfod (Denmark)
- The Business of Death – Director: Gemma Atkinson / Producers: Jodie Taylor, Fred Grace (UK)
- Everything You Have is Yours – Director: Tatyana Tenebaum / Producer: Brighid Greene (USA)
- K for Kashmir – Director: Reaa Puri / Producers: Reaa Puri, Maya Wise (USA)
- The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults – Directors/Producers: Scott Calonico, Harmon Leon (USA)
- Laws of the Wild – Director: Sally Jacobson, Tuva Björk / Producers: Tobias Janson, Melissa Lindgren (Sweden)
- Night Gardener – Director: Daniel Gough / Producers: Anne Milne, Sonja Henrici (UK / Scotland)
- Nuncle – Director: Simon Chambers / Producer: David Rane (Ireland)
- La Sagrada Familia – Director: Borja Alcalde / Producers: Steve Allen, Adam Dawtrey, Yuby Hernandez, Emma Koubayssi, Borja Alcalde (UK / Scotland)
- Searching for Space – Director: Cara Holmes / Producer: Evan Horan (Ireland)
This year’s panellists were:
- Hannah Bailey (Doc Society)
- Dani Carlaw (Screen Scotland)
- Joost Daamen (IDFA)
- Laurent Filiung (Arte GEIE)
- Cíntia Gil (Sheffield Doc/Fest)
- Daniel Green (Dogwoof)
- Elizabeth Grund (Autlook Filmsales)
- Jo Lapping (BBC Storyville)
- Charlotte Madsen (SVT)
- Petar Mitric (Taskovski Films)
- Tony Nellany (BBC Scotland)
- Jack Oliver (Sky)
- Lindsay Poulton (The Guardian)
- Teresa Simikova (CPH:DOX)
- Ania Trzebiatowska (Sundance Film Festival)
- Jenny Westergard (YLE)
- Chris White (POV)
A video of this year’s Meet the Panellists event is now online.