Master's Pitch 2021

Through the Lockdown Looking Glass: Visions of new Documentary Horizons

Already Pre-Pandemic, with digital platforms and new financial opportunities on the rise, conventional financing strategies were being challenged – and thus distribution strategies as well. When the world came to a standstill, the necessity of radical readjustment and creative reinvention of how we work individually and as a global community could no longer be ignored. It was the nick of time to get out of our respective Rabbit Holes.

What have we learned, what kind of perspective have we gained, not just from readjusting and reinventing, but also from standing still and having a moment to take stock of what is important and what maybe not? Are we maybe now better equipped to navigate the entangled landscape of platforms, rights and audiences without leaving our values, visions and voices behind? 

No filmmaker is an island, no distributor, exhibitor or spectator either – especially amidst these seismic shifts, reasserting ourselves and our ways of working together is more important than ever to ensure the height, depth & breadth of the documentary art form in a Post-Pandemic world. 

In the unique, interactive setting of the Masters’ Pitch, 9 new documentary projects heading into this transitioning market, were presented to international commissioners and experts. Feedback was also sought from the audience, including producers, directors, distributors and representatives of major broadcasters. Our jury members were in the spotlight as well to share their visions of the future potentials – and pitfalls – of this New Normal.

The event was moderated by renowned documentary consultant Karolina Lidin (Nordisk Film & TV Fund).

The Master’s Pitch is a unique format for training and collaboration, initiated by Documentary Campus and DOK.fest München.

 


Master's Pitch Jury

Thomas Beyer, Commissioning Editor, MDR, Germany
Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville, UK
Estelle De Araujo, Head of TV Sales, The Party Film Sales, France
Mark Edwards, Commissioning Editor, ARTE France, France
Timo Großpietsch, Commissioning Editor, NDR, Germany
Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA, USA
Grazyna Krupa, Executive in Charge of ARTS Programming | Unscripted Programming, CBC, Canada
Kelsey Koenig, Senior Director of Development, Impact Partners, USA
Jake Wiafe, Senior Content Editor, Little Dot Studios / Real Stories, UK

 

Master's Pitch Projects 2021

A PICTURE TO REMEMBER

Director Olga Chernykh, Producer Regina Maryanovska Davidzon 

BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY

Director Alison Duke, Producer Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George

BIG OIL VS. THE LAW (WT)

Director Mette Reitzel, Producer Naja Smith

DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO

Director Cyril Aris, Producer Katharina Weser

BROTHERHOOD

Director Hanka Maciag, Composer Marcel Vaid, Producer Esther van Messel

HAYFLICK LIMIT

Director Thomas Licata, Producer Christine Pireaux

SCHOOL FOR PEACE

Directors Guy Wasserman, Nir Dvortchin, Producers Elad Peleg, Moritz Bundschuh

SILVER'S UPRISING

Director Dan Shadur, Producers Dan Shadur, Ido Mizrahy

THE ULTIMATE JOKER

Director Krzysztof Dzieciolowski, Producer Agata Jujeczka

 

Impulse Talks at Master's Pitch 2021

Kick-off keynote by Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA, US

Impulse talk with Q&A by Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville, UK

Impulse talk with Q&A by Volker Neuenhoff, Head of German Amazon Original Unscripted TV, Amazon Studios, Germany

Impulse talk with Q&A by Estelle de Araujo, The Party Film Sales, France

 

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