Now in its 13th year, The Edinburgh Pitch (17th – 19th June 2019) will run alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival (19th – 30th June 2019).

What is the Edinburgh Pitch?

Independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries will have the chance to take part in a preparatory pitch training workshop, before formally pitching their projects to an international panel. They will also get the opportunity to meet commissioning editors and experts for one-to-one meetings.


  • We are looking for developed feature projects, ready to present to financiers.
  • Projects can be at an advanced development stage, in production or in early post-production.
  • The film should have the potential for a minimum of 52 minutes running time on any theme.
  • The Edinburgh Pitch is open to all filmmakers and companies based in the UK and abroad.
  • Filmmakers are expected to provide a trailer as part of the application (please contact us for exceptions to this rule).

Applications now open!

Please read our Guidelines & Information before applying.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 April and the projects will be selected in early 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)

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.

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 or 0131 651 5760

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



Applications Open

Please submit projects online as early as possible - Deadline: Monday 1 April


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