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How to Succeed at the IDFA Doc Pitch Forum, 2/2. Plus: ‘The NY Times’ on the Rise of Thom Beers’ Reality Empire

…have something. Random Takeaway If you’re in the audience, and you have a project to pitch, make sure you’re ready to do it before you put your hat in the ring. It seemed like they might’ve done a disservice to their project because they hadn’t prepared for the pitch in a manner in which to really grab a CE. Now, more than ever, trailers seem to be the currency of the pitch.   SAMEDI The story of Louis Sarno, a white man who moved to the rainfore…

Index of Articles

…tend dominance over legacy media players 2022 January 4 LAST DAYS!! Global Pitch Call for Projects. Submissions close on January 5 2022 January 3 2021 Happy Holidays from Stockholm: Wrapping up 2021. Excited about 2022! 2021 December 19 Sunny Side News Roundup: Global Shift to Streaming Accelerates 2021 November 30 Executive Producers: What do they do?? A podcast with Love Nature’s James Manfull 2021 November 23 GZ DOC Panel: Global Factual Conten…

How to Succeed at an International Documentary Pitch Forum: IDFA Takeaways, 1/2

…rtin Pieper, ZDF Barbara Truyen, VPRO Budget: €627,202 Confirmed: €165,000 Pitch This project was called for at last year’s Forum by Nick Fraser. He cried out for a program about the Euro crisis, but in the ensuing months didn’t receive any proposals that nailed the right tone and scope. He decided to write it himself and find some good production partners. All the usual suspects lined up for this one since it was co-produced by most of the heavy-…

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Case Study: THE SIEGE OF MECCA, A French / German Coproduction of an Investigative Documentary with a 600,000+ Euros Budget

…s wanted to keep a secret.” Investigative Strategy “When IDFA selected the project for the Central Pitch, our strategy became threefold: Contact historians and researchers who had studied the event and its consequences. We wanted their help to uncover the truth about the event. AND we wanted to discover the motives of the alleged terrorists. Find more key witnesses on all sides of the story: From the rebels to the KSA government; from the diplomat…

AIDS: ‘The Rise of the Killer Virus’ A Case Study of an International Co-pro Event

…nternational pitch fora made decisive contributions to the success of this project. Pitches at Sheffield, WCSFP, Sunny Side and EBU all moved Killer Virus forward after Documentary Campus. There is a lot of skepticism that pitch sessions have become ritualized, and that most projects are spoken for by the time arrive at the pitch table. Virus tells a very different story about the continuing relevance of pitching at the major conferences and marke…

Anatomy of a Documentary Pitch Event: Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum 2012, Part 3

…of our extended coverage of Canada’s Hot Docs Forum 2012. 25+/- producers pitched their projects. What worked? Which projects fell flat? How easy is it to break in? Or does the system favor established, award-winning talent? For our coverage of the earlier pitches: Click here for Part 1. Includes the set up. And here for Part 2. Photo: Karina Astrup (Shadow Girl pitch) Meanwhile, outside the bubble of the Forum, there were sellout crowds, long li…


NEH (U.S.) Awards Grants for Documentaries

…s are: CALIFORNIA Oakland Raymar Educational Films, Inc. Outright: $75,000 Project Director: Erica Marcus Project Title: Africa’s Freedom Train and Other China-Africa Tales Project Description: Development of a 60-minute documentary film exploring the history of relations between Africa and China. ILLINOIS Chicago Kartemquin Educational Films Outright: $75,000 Project Director: Maria Finitzo Project Title: Encounters with the Other Project Descrip…

Netflix Europe commissions ROOM 2806: THE ACCUSATION, an original documentary series from France’s CAPA Productions. Case Study

…e story and interested in digging further, so we began to prep an in depth pitch Second Pitch This was the first time that CAPA had produced a nonfiction series for Netflix, and we spent six months developing the pitch. We may have over-invested, but we didn’t want to risk failure through a lack of effort. We hired a reporter and an archive researcher in New York, and a team of investigative journalists in France. We also hired legal counsel in Fr…