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Submit Your Project for FEST - Pitching Forum 2020


The 16th edition of FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival (22-29 June) will once again include a pitching forum where projects will be presented to a number of decision makers and financiers. The call for projects is now open and the submission deadline is 3 April 2020. EDN members are eligible for a 50% discount on submissions for the Pitching Forum.

FEST - Pitching Forum is organized as part of the FEST ND | NF Festival, which takes place annually in Espinho, Portugal. As a partner of the event, EDN is delighted to announce the opening of the call of submissions for the pitching forum, which will take place from 26-27 June with a pitch training taking place from 24-25 June.

The call is open to projects that fit into four different categories:

short films in an early stage of development

feature films in an early stage of development

documentaries in an early stage of development

short, feature and documentary films in advanced production stage.

The selected finalists will have 5 minutes to pitch their work in progress to the international film industry decision-makers: producers, investors, fund managers, sales, distributors and festival programmers in order to win awards, receive feedback and partake in one-to-one meetings. They will also have access to a three-day training headed by world-renowned project development experts, who will guide them on a way to preparing a perfect pitch.

Over 200 projects from all over the world have been presented at FEST - Pitching Forum, many of them finding partners and subsequently being presented at international festivals such as Berlinale. Among the experts present during previous editions were renowned industry figures such as Finola Dweyer (producer for Brooklyn and An Education), Tim Corrie (a member of United Agents and ex-chairman of the BAFTA’s), or Gareth Wiley (producer for Matchpoint and Vicky Christina Barcelona), amongst many others.

EDN Member Discount on Submissions and Registrations

EDN Members Save 50% on submissions for FEST Pitching Forum and 20% on Festival Registrations. For more information on how to obtain the discount, please visit the EDN Member Discount section, scroll down to the relevant section for the FEST ND|NF discount and follow the instructions. When visiting our discount section, please make sure to be logged-in with your EDN membership account. If you're not a member of EDN yet, you can join us here.

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