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EDN Pitch Pilot Workshop 2016

May 2-4, 2016 at University for Television & Film Munich, Bernd Eichinger Platz 1, 80333 München, Germany.

Presented by Creative Europe Desk München, DOK.fest and EDN with the support from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern The EDN Pitch Pilot Workshop is a three-day event focusing on the development of pitch pilots for 4-6 selected documentary projects. You can participate with a project in development as well as an observer. You can submit your project for participation until Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Observers can apply up until the workshop starts. The 8-10 observer seats are handled on a “first come – first served” basis.

The pitch pilot workshop is designed to strengthen the visual expression of documentary projects and create a better understanding of editing pilots for funding. With supervision from a leading international editor and an EDN staff member, the participants edit a pilot for their documentary projects and thereby:

  • - Strengthen the potential for financing
  • - Enhance dramaturgical structures
  • - Improve international co-production opportunities
  • - Make crucial decisions about style and filmic constructions.

Tutors of the workshop are:

Jesper Osmund, Editor and Pilot Expert, Denmark

Ove Rishøj Jensen, EDN Film & Media Consultant, Denmark


Why participate in a pitch pilot workshop?

Pitching sessions have become a frequent tool when it comes to financing documentaries in development. It has become a fixed format everywhere in the world and all year round it is possible to take part in a pitching session, where you have around 7 minutes to present you project to a panel of financiers. With the development of the pitching sessions, the visual part of the pitch has become a central element. To meet these demands for pitching documentaries EDN have developed a workshop with focus on the creative development of the visual material that is shown during a pitch.

The workshop format

During the first day we will provide a general introduction on editing pitch pilots and discuss the visual material connected to each project. Every project team will be asked to show draft of a project pilot or a key scene from their material. From this material we will try to find the strengths within the material and expose weaknesses and pitfalls. Hereafter we will look at possible storylines, the psychology of the characters and their relationships in the film, visual style, style of editing, the emotional tone, ethical questions, genre and personal motivation for making the film. This will strengthen the filmmaker in the development of the pilot in particular and of the project in general. The participants will get a more detailed vision about what kind of film they want to make, and with this clarification they are better prepared to edit their pilot.

During the next days the participants will edit the pilot for their project. We will work in four editing suits and we will look at the pilots in plenary and compare the first impressions of each project with the work that has been done. The work with editing the pilot will be done in both individual sessions and in plenary work.

The aim of the workshop is that all four projects will leave with a finished project pilot in their hand. We will end the workshop with a presentation of the participating projects, the goals achieved during the workshop and aims for the next steps of developments needed for the further development of the projects.


The workshop set-up

We recommend that selected project teams take part in the workshop together, and that the director, producer and editor are present during all three days of the workshop.The workshop will consist of a number of plenary sessions and sessions where the project teams work individually with editing pitch pilots. A room will be allocated for each participating team to work in. Each team brings own equipment for the editing.

Selected projects and participants

Projects selected to take part in the workshop:

In The Arms of Morpheus. Director Marc Schmidt. Producer Harmen Jalvingh, KeyDocs, Netherlands

Lost in Face. Editor Simon Blasi. Director Valentin Riedl, Filmstahl, Germany

Sewol. Editor Chris Hutterer. Director Minsu Park. Producer Maximilian Plettau, Nominal Film, Germany.

The Lucky Ones. Directors Efrat Shalom & Gili Danon. Producer Sorin Manu, Evolution Art & Film, Germany.

Film Pioneers. Director Oliver Tataru. Producer Wolfgang Latteyer, Wolfgang Latteyer Filmproduktion, Germany.



Sarah Sandring, Nirgun Films, Germany

Sylvia Mayer, Germany

Hubertus Siegert, S.U.M.O. FILM, Germany

Markus Tischner, Frisbee Medien, Germany

Jochen Gottlöber, Lieblingsfilm, Germany

Mariya Boyanova, Germany

How to participate

The deadline for submitting your project for The EDN Pitch Pilot Workshop is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. You submit your project by sending a written 2-page presentation of your project accompanied by visual material. Your written 2-page presentation has to be in English and should include the following elements:

  • - Title, name of producer, production company, director and editor, length, format & production plan/time of delivery

  • - Short synopsis

  • - Treatment with visual approach & reflections on the narrative

  • - The total budget sum (not the whole budget) & a brief financing plan

  • - Short CV & filmography of company and director

  • - Contact details on producer/production company and/or director

You submit your project by sending your 2-page presentation by email to the Creative Europe Desk München via .

The visual material
Your application should be accompanied by visual material already shot for the submitted project. You submit your visual material by including a link to an online streaming facility, like Vimeo or YouTube, when emailing your 2-page presentation.

Participation fees

Applying for The EDN Pitch Pilot Workshop is free. The project teams selected to take part in The EDN Pitch Pilot Workshop pay the following fees:

1st team member of the project team: 200 Euro

Additional team members: 50 Euro.

Participating as Observer
For The Pitch Pilot Workshop 8-10 observer seats are available. When participating as an observer you will take part in all sessions on equal terms with the project teams. Only exception is not having a concrete project developed and a pitch pilot edited. Observers pay 50 Euro for participating. To apply for an observer seat, please send an email to the Creative Europe Desk München via .

EDN Contact Person

Ove Rishøj Jensen