DOCSBARCELONA - International Documentary Film Festival


What is the Pitching Forum?

-  It’s the DocsBarcelona section targeted at documentary professionals, a platform to foster the documentary industry, and a meeting point for professionals from all over the world.

-  The Pitching Forum creates a context where filmmakers and producers can present their documentary projects in development in order to attract finance, co-production, pre-buys and/or distribution from documentary broadcasters, producers or distributors.

-  It’s a space that provides a good opportunity for networking between international professionals.

EDNDocsBarcelona Pitching Forum was created in 1996 by EDN, who currently co-organize the event.


When and where:

Dates: Thursday and Friday 3rd and 4th of February 2011
Times: from 9.00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Language: English
Where: Espai Jove La Fontana, Gracia district of Barcelona (190/192, Gran de Gracia St. - Entrance through C. Santa Rosa)

How it works:

-    Twenty-four projects previously selected by a professional committee will be presented in front of Financing Pitching Panel, and members of the audience that register as observers.

-    In the evening one-to-one meetings will take place between pitchers and Financing Pitching Panel to negotiate.

-    As training for the Pitching Forum, the Pitching Workshop will take place on the 1st and 2nd of February. For two days, the pitchers will work intensively on improving their project presentation with the aid of 4 international tutors with extensive industry experience.

Glossary of terms:

Pitch: Project presentation in front of the Financing Pitching Panel and professional audience  register as observers.
Financing Pitching Panel: potential financier/ broadcasting representative with decision-making power regarding coproduction and sales, TV representatives, distributors and producers.
Pitcher: person who presents a project.
Observer: person who attends as a listener.
One-to-one meetings: meeting between Financing Pitching Panel and the pitcher(s) that presents a Project.
Pitching Workshop: activity taking place prior to the Pitching Forum where a group of tutors helps the pitchers improve their presentations.