Applications are now open for the Edinburgh Pitch, the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland.

It’s aimed at independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries and considering international co-productions. In 2018, the 2020 Oscar-nominated feature, The Cave, was pitched to our panel!

This year for the first time due to the Covid-19 crisis, the event will take place online from Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th June. Also for the first time, there will be no charge for those selected to Pitch.

While we’re still working on the exact format for this year’s event, the initiative will still focus on connecting, not competing; on passion, not pressure.

Twelve carefully selected participants will take part in an online preparatory workshop on Monday, before making a formal online pitch in front of an industry panel on Tuesday, followed by one-to-one online meetings with decision makers the next day.

Last year’s projects were:

  • Declare Independence (now The Fight for Greenland)– 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)

Last year’s panelists included:

  • Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville)
  • Pamela Cohn
  • Tijana Djukic (Taskovski Films)
  • Leslie Finlay (Screen 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)
  • Sarafina DiFelice (Netflix)
  • Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (IDFA Forum)
  • Jenny Westergard (YLE)

Complete the application form via the button below, or contact us on or 0131 651 5760 if you have any further questions.

For more information and how to apply: Edinburgh Pitch Guidelines & Information 2020

Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests and our team can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application.

The Edinburgh Pitch is supported by Screen Scotland.

© photo: Juan Pablo Daza

Applications Now Open

Application Deadline - Midnight 22nd April


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