What is the Edinburgh Pitch?

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 documentaries and 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 (18 June), followed by one-to-one meetings with decision makers the next day.

The international panel consists of commissioning editors, funding bodies, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, producers, all curious to see how you are going to surprise and inspire them.

Applications are now CLOSED and the 12 selected projects will be announced early May 2019.

Observers are also welcome. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about TV commissioning and the international landscape for documentaries and you may pick up some expert advice that’s relevant to your project! Observer passes will go on sale in May.

Last year’s panellists included:

Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville, UK), David Christensen (National Film Board Canada), Vesna Cudic (MetFilm, UK), Jan Daae (DR Sales, Denmark), Joost Daamen (IDFA, Netherlands), Aleksandra Derewienko (CAT&Docs, France), Laurent Filliung (ARTE GEIE, France/Germany), Leslie Finlay (Creative Scotland, UK), Daniel Green (Dogwoof, UK), Tracie Holder (Filmmaker and Consultant, USA), Charlotte Gry Madsen (SVT, Sweden), Luke Moody (Sheffield DocFest, UK), Tony Nellany (BBC Scotland), Lynn Nwokorie (Doc Society, UK), Ania Trzebiatowska (Autlook Filmsales, Austria) & Chris White (POV, USA)


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. 

For any further questions, please contact us on edinburghpitch@scotdoc.com or 0131 651 5760

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

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