The Edinburgh Pitch 2019 - Scottish Documentary Institute

The Edinburgh Pitch 2019

Entering its 13th year and running alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh Pitch (17th – 19th June 2019) is the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland. It is aimed at independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentariesand considering international co-productions.

The initiative focuses on connecting, not competing; on passion, not pressure. In a lab-like environment, 12 carefully selected participants will take part in a one-day preparatory workshop before making a formal public pitch in front of an industry panel, followed by one-to-one meetings with decision makers the next day.

With an Observer Pass you can join us for the public pitch to find inspiration, learn how to present your project on an international platform and be amongst the first to discover some exciting new projects from the four corners of the documentary world.

The observer pass allows all-day access to the Edinburgh Pitch on Tuesday 18th June. Purchase yours below!

This year’s projects include:

Declare Independence – Copenhagen Film Company (Denmark)
The Drag Racer – Arthur Summereder / O.Schmider (Austria)
The Forest and its Warriors – TAG / TRAUM Filmproduktion (Germany)
Forgiveness – Vogelperspectiv AB / Kinshazzaville Media AB (Sweden)
GURU – Dream Big Pictures / Inquietude (Argentina)
How to Steal A Country – Uhuru Productions (South Africa)
Masha, Out of the Realm of Memory – ZED / Moonmakers (France, Lithuania)
Me Llaman Torero (They Call Me Torero) – Aconite Productions / Rustic Canyon Pictures (UK, US)
Prison TV – Old Idea Films (Canada)
This is National Wake – Near Odessa Productions (USA)
A Thousand Fires – Tourist With A Typewriter / Les Films de Balibari (UK, France)
Young Plato – Soilsiu Films / Aisling Productions (Ireland)

We are thrilled to be welcoming Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville), Pamela Cohn, Tijana Djukic (Taskovski Films)Leslie Finlay (Creative Scotland), Daniel Green (Dogwoof)Maelle Guenegues (CAT & Docs), Chris Harris (Picturehouse Cinemas)Tracie Holder, Melanie Iredale (Sheffield Doc/Fest)Charlotte Gry Madsen (SVT)Tony Nellany (BBC Scotland), Lynn Nwokorie (Doc/Society)Jonathan Taylor (Netflix), Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (IDFA Forum), Jenny Westergard (YLE) on our panel this year!

Pay it Forward
We want to ensure that all members of our community are able to access the Edinburgh Pitch. For this reason, we are operating a Pay-It-Forward ticket system, giving the option for those purchasing tickets from our website to buy an additional ticket for a member of our community who would otherwise not afford to attend.

If you feel you are unable to pay for entry please email with a couple of sentences why you would like to attend the Pitch.

This scheme operates on a first come first served basis.

Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. For more information on venue accessibility, please follow this link, or call the Traverse Theatre on: 0131 228 1404


For any further questions, please contact us on or 0131 651 5760

The Edinburgh Pitch is supported by Creative Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.