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EDN Online Pitching Sessions 2016: Women in Opposition

December 2, 2016 from 14:00-15:00 (Central European Time). At the online EDN Video Conference Room.

The EDN Online Pitching Session is an online video conference, where a selected number of documentary projects are pitched and matched with decision makers fitting the specific profile of the projects. This pitching session is focusing on documentaries about women in opposition. The submission deadline is November 11, 2016 at noon.

EDN Online Pitching is an initiative where 3-4 documentary projects are pitched to a group of hand-picked international financiers and decision makers. Each session will have a specific focus or theme. The pitching takes place online in the EDN Video Conference Room and each session lasts one hour. This session, which will be focusing on documentaries about women in opposition, will take place on December 2, 2016 from 14:00-15:00 (Central European Time). This online pitching session is presented in close collaboration with IMS - International Media Support

What do we mean with 'women in opposition'?
With women in opposition, we mean documentary projects done by or portraying women, groups of women or female movements forming a social or political opposition. This can for instance be:

  •   -  Political oppositions fighting for democratic rights
  •   -  Groups or individuals battling suppressing political leaderships
  •   -  Social movements trying to change current dominant structures.

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

As soon as the names have been confirmed, they will be published here.

Selected projects

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

1) Project 1 

2) Off Khartoum Sides. Director and Producer Marwa Zein, Sudan.  

3) As I want. Director Samaher Al Qadi. Producer Karim El Hakim, Prophecy Films, Egypt

4) In the Land of Milk and Honey. Director Aliki Saragas. Producer Liani Maasdorp, Elafos  Productions, South Africa. 


How to submit a project for EDN Online Pitching

The deadline for submitting your project is November 11, 2016 at noon.

In order to submit your documentary project you must:
1) Include info about your documentary project at the EDN web site. You do so by adding the project to your EDN Membership Profile.

2) Email a 2-page description of your project to EDN. Please to also include a link to the project profile at the EDN web site. You email this to .

Your written 2-page presentation should include the following elements:

  • - Short synopsis describing the story
  • - Treatment with reflections on the visual approach and narrative structure
  • - The total budget sum (not the whole budget)
  • - A brief financing plan
  • - Title, director, producer, production company, length, format & production plan/time of delivery
  • - Short CV & filmography of company and director
  • - Contact details on producer/production company and/or director

Participation fee
Participating in the EDN Online Pitching Session is free of charge, but it requires that you have created an EDN Membership profile via an EDN membership. If you are not a member of EDN yet, you can join EDN here.

How the online pitching works

Screenshot of an EDN online pitching session


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.

This EDN Online Pitching Session is presented in close collaboration with:

IMS - International Media Support

EDN Contact Person

Ove Rishøj Jensen