Master's Pitch 2021

Diese Veranstaltung wird auf englisch durchgeführt.

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, will be presented to international commissioners and experts. Feedback is also sought from the audience, including producers, directors, distributors and representatives of major broadcasters. Our jury members will be in the spotlight as well to share their visions of the future potentials – and pitfalls – of this New Normal.

The event will be 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.

Friday, 7th May 2021


Programme and Projects

13.00–13.15 Welcome & introduction

13.20–13.30 Kick-off keynote by Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA, US


13.30–14.15 Pitching block 1 (Pitch: 5 min. / Feedback: 10 min.)

13.30–13.45 Pitch 1 and Feedback: DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO, Germany/Lebanon
Pitching Team: Cyril Aris and Katharina Weser

13.45–14.00 Pitch 2 and Feedback: HAYFLICK LIMIT, Belgium
Pitching Team: Thomas Licata and Florence Saâdi

14.00–14.15 Pitch 3 and Feedback: BROTHERHOOD, Switzerland
Pitching Team: Hanka Maciag and Esther van Messel


14.20–14.30 Impulse talk with Q&A by Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville, UK

14.30–15.00 Coffee Break (Spatial Chat)

15.00-15.15 Impulse talk with Q&A by Thomas Beyer, Commissioning Editor, MDR, Germany


15.15–16.00 Pitching block 2 (Pitch: 5 min. / Feedback: 10 min.)

15.15–15.30 Pitch 4 and Feedback: SCHOOL FOR PEACE, Germany/Israel
Pitching Team: Guy Wasserman, Nir Dvortchin & Moritz Bundschuh

15.30–15.45 Pitch 5 and Feedback: A PICTURE TO REMEMBER, Ukraine
Pitching Team: Olga Chernykh & Regina Maryanovska Davidzon

15.45–16.00 Pitch 6 and Feedback: SILVER’S UPRISING, Israel
Pitching Team: Dan Shadur & Ido Mizrahy


16.00–16.15 Impulse talk with Q&A by Volker Neuenhoff, Head of German Amazon Original Unscripted TV, Amazon Studios, Germany

16.15–16.45 Coffee Break (Spatial Chat)


16.45–17.30 Pitching block 3 (Pitch: 5 min. / Feedback: 10 min.)

16.45–17.00 Pitch 7 and Feedback: BIG OIL VS. THE LAW, Germany
Pitching Team: Mette Reitzel & Nadja Smith

17.00–17.15 Pitch 8 and Feedback: THE ULTIMATE JOKER, Poland
Pitching Team: Krzysztof Dzięciołowski & Agata Jujeczka

17.15–17.30 Pitch 9 and Feedback: BAM, BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY, Canada
Pitching Team: Ngardy Conteh George & Alison Duke


17.30–17.45 Impulse talk with Q&A by Estelle de Araujo, The Party Film Sales, France

17.45–17.50 Closing Words Karolina Lidin & Thank yous

17.50–18.30 Virutal After-Pitch Cocktail (Spatial Chat)

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

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

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme.

In Kooperation mit


Rückblick: Master's Pitch goes Master's Vision beim 2020 @home

Da der Master's Pitch leider nicht als Vor-Ort-Veranstaltung realisiert werden und das Format nicht in die digitale Welt übertragen werden konnte, ohne die fruchtbare Atmosphäre der Zusammenarbeit zu verlieren, entschieden sich Documentary Campus und München für eine modifizierte Version für die Festivalausgabe 2020:

Master's Pitch goes Master's Vision. Der Corona-Virus bringt derzeit auch die Filmbranche in Aufruhr. Ausgewählte Jurymitglieder und Projektteams für den diesjährigen Master's Pitch goes Master's Vision wurden eingeladen, Einblicke und Visionen über ihre aktuelle Arbeitsrealität und die Auswirkungen von Covid-19 auf die Zukunft der Dokumentarfilmindustrie zu teilen. Wie verändert die Krise unsere Realität? Welche Folgen wird sie für Filmemacher weltweit haben? Mit welchen Strategien können wir ihr begegnen? In Videostatements geben 10 internationale Fachleute Antworten – und exklusive Einblicke in ihr Leben und ihre Arbeit mit Covid-19.

Moderiert wurde die Veranstaltung von der Dokumentarfilmberaterin Karolina Lidin vom Nordisk Film & TV Fund.

Die 10 Video-Interviews wurden während des vom 7. bis 16. Mai täglich auf Youtube, unserer Website und Facebook veröffentlicht.


Axel Arnö, SVT

Documentary filmmakers are a strong bunch.

Christopher King & Maia Lekow, Circle & Square Productions

Nathalie Windhorst, VPRO

Birgit Schulz, BILDERSTURM

Jane Mote, The Whickers

Mathieu Dolenc & Andrea Schütte, TAMTAM FILM

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Maelle Guénégues, Cat&Docs

Marianne Mäkelä, napafilms

Mark Edwards, ARTE

Die Projekte des MASTER'S PITCH 2020

ANNE SEXTON – TELL ME YOUR ANSWER TRUE Freya Hattenberger, Marita Loosen-Fox Birgit Schulz Peter Simon

GAME OF MINDS Jesse Jokinen & Petri Luukkainen Marianne Mäkelä & Liisa Karpo

HOW TO BUILD A LIBRARY Maia Lekow & Christopher King Maia Lekow & Christopher King

I DREAMT OF A NATION Bigna Tomschin Andrea Schütte, Mathieu Dolenc, Sarah Born Roman Lerch

QUEEN OF CHESS Bernadett Tuza-Ritter Peter Stern, Laszlo Józsa TBD




Axel Arnö (Commissioning editor, SVT)
Mark Edwards (Auftragsredakteur, ARTE France)
Maëlle Guenegues (Festivals & Acquisitions, CAT&Docs)
Jane Mote (Consultant Editor, The Whickers)
Nathalie Windhorst (Factual Acquisition, VPRO)


Präsentiert von in Partnerschaft mit Documentary Campus.


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