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EDN Online Pitching Sessions 2014: History

April 25, 2014 at 14:00-15:00 (Central European Time). At the online EDN Video Conference Room.

EDN Online Pitching is a pitching format based on an online video conference, where a limited number of documentary projects are pitched. For this pitching session EDN is calling for historical documentary projects. The submission deadline is April 4, 2014 at noon.

EDN Online Pitching is an initiative where four documentary projects are pitched to a group of leading international financiers and decision makers. Each session will have a specific focus like science, history, art or similar. The pitching takes place online in the EDN Video Conference Room and each session lasts one hour. This session, which will be focusing on historical documentaries, will take place on April 25, 2014 at 14:00-15:00 (Central European Time).

For this session we plan to have the presence of 4 - 6 financiers and experts with a special interest and experience in historical documentaries. So far the following panel participants have confirmed their participation: 

  • Peter Gottschalk, ARTE GEIE, France
  • Natalie Holden, Off the Fence, The Netherlands
  • Charles Schuerhoff, PBS International, USA
  • James Hunt, Archive Producer, UK

As soon as we have more panel participants confirmed, we will announce them here.

Selected projects

The following projects have been selected to take part in the EDN Online Pitching Session with history projects:

Our Africa Directed by Alexander Markov. Produced by Heleen Gerritsen & Sahand Zamani, Serious Directions, Germany. Co-produced by Voron Film, Russia & Studio Monoklis, Lithuania.

Marilyn - The Lost Connection Directed by Frank van Osch. Produced by Suzanne van Leendert, Van Osch Film Produkties, The Netherlands.

Madagascar 47, The Sound of Silence Directed by Marie‐Clémence Andriamonta‐Paes. Produced by Viviane Dahan, Laterit productions, France. Co-produced by Cobra Films, Belgium & Endemika films, Madagascar.

UNTITLED 1979 DOCUMENTARYDirected by Dirk van den Berg, OutreMer Film, Germany. 

How the online pitching works

The aim of the EDN Online Pitching Sessions is to create a forum where documentary projects with a specific focus can be introduced and discussed. This low cost set-up makes it possible to create space for introductions and discussions of themes and focuses not always viable in the offline world.

The written presentations and pilots of the selected projects will be circulated among the participating financiers before the session. The pilots of the selected projects will be available at the EDN web site.

To set off the discussion of the project being pitched, the presenting director/producer/team will make a 3-4 minutes verbal addition to the project description. Then the discussion and evaluation of the project will be open. The feedback will be given by 4-6 financiers, decision makers and experts relevant to the specific focus for each session.

The involved partners in the session will all have audio and visual contact via the video interface provided in the EDN Video Conference Room.

All you need in order to take part in the EDN Online Pitching Session is: 

  •   -  a computer with a cable connection to the internet (no WIFI)
  •   -  a microphone and camera built in/connected to your computer
  •   -  a pair of headphones.

EDN Contact Person

Ove Rishøj Jensen