The Edinburgh Pitch is 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.
Applications for the Edinburgh Pitch 2021 are now closed.
The Edinburgh Pitch focuses on connecting, not competing; on passion, not pressure. In a supportive lab-like environment, 12 carefully selected participants will take part in an online preparatory workshop a few weeks before making their formal online pitch to an industry panel (Tuesday 15 June) and attending online one-to-one meetings with decision makers the next day (Wednesday 16 June).
The international panel consists of commissioning editors, funding bodies, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers and producers. Last year, we were thrilled to welcome Hannah Bailey (Doc Society), Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville), Joost Daamen (IDFA), Jackie Murphy (Al Jazeera Media Network), Thomas Drachkovitch (Amazon Originals), Laurent Filiung (Arte GEIE), Tijana Djukic (Taskovski Films), Leslie Finlay (Screen Scotland), Cíntia Gil (Sheffield Doc/Fest), Daniel Green (Dogwoof), Tony Nellany (BBC Scotland), Lindsay Poulton (The Guardian), Teresa Simikova (CPH:DOX), Ania Trzebiatowska (Sundance Film Festival), Aleksandra Derewienko (CAT & Docs), Chris White (POV), Vesna Cudic (Metfilm Sales) Jenni Tuovenen (IDFA FORUM), Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales), and Charlotte Gry Madsen (SVT) on our panel.
Previous successes to come out of the Edinburgh Pitch include the Oscar-nominated The Cave and Danish-Greenlandic feature The Fight for Greenland, which was pitched in Edinburgh in 2019 as Declare Independence, plus:
- Blue Code of Silence (premiered at DOC NYC 2020)
- Gentle Warriors (premiered at Guangzhou International Film Festival 2020)
- Arica (premiered at IDFA 2020)
- Iorram (premiering at Glasgow Film Festival)
- Poly Styrene – I Am A Cliché (premiering at Glasgow Film Festival)
This year, the Edinburgh Pitch will again take place online and the Panelists Introduction session kicking off the event will be open to Observers (check this space for registrations opening in May).
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.