Pitch Award sponsored by Haus des Dokumentarfilms 2020

A pitch award for emerging filmmakers

The pitch competition offers students from our partner universities the opportunity to further develop their current projects in exchange with editors, producers and distributors as part of the DOK.forum marketplace and to win new financing partners. The prize for the best student pitch is donated by Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart and is endowed with 2,500 euros in project funding.

 

Ulrike Becker, Haus des Dokumentarfilms: It is gorgeous to see how easily DOK.fest Munich managed the shift to digital of the whole film festival. Chapeau! Personally, I am delighted that the competition for the best young talent project has found a form of presentation that might be trendsetting. The nine finalists of 2020 will pitch for the first time in digital rooms, and the jury is also meeting via Zoom. And, of course the Pitch Award, sponsored by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms (Documentary Film Institut), will be handed over in an online ceremony. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all nine finalists and look forward to a captivating discussion of the jury and the announcement of the award in May.

 

 


Prizewinner: AFTER THE GODS of Jasmine Alakari




What happens when young people start to build their own society and have to figure out what’s right and wrong all over again? The eleven-years-old Taranom is growing up in a landscape of total chaos, an occupied square “Exarcheia”, in Athens Greece, which remains the battleground of the anarchist and the police. She tries to force her mother Mariam, a radical feminist fighter, who is not afraid to use violence for her battle, to stop her political activities. Believing she can solve problems in a non-violent way, she picks up the camera and heads out to document how her invented fantasy figure takes on conflicts. One of the people she tries to help is her friend Abtin, leader of the militant anarchists and hunted by the anti terrorist police.

From the jury's statement: "A melancholy, probably sometimes desperate swan song about false promises of happiness and the deep longing of young people who do not want to accept their own hopelessness and powerlessness. AFTER THE GODS promises wild commitment and a tender look at chaos. An essay between social and aesthetic fronts, full of poetry and yet politically wide awake! Driven by all the contradictions in front of and behind the camera, Jasmin Alakari tells a universal story with a slightly aching pinch of humour."

 

Jury 2020

Anne-Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/Arte
Petra Felber, BR (D)
Timo Großpietsch, NDR (D)
Jutta Krug, WDR (D)
Sonia Otto, INDI films (D)
Aline Schmid, Beauvoir Films (CH)
Peter Schernhuber, Diagonale (AT)
Siegfried Steinlechner, ORF (AT)
Esther van Messel, First Hand Films (CH)
Sven Wälti, SRG SSR (CH)
Ralph Wieser, Mischief Films (AT) 
Marcus Vetter, SWR (D)

 

Participating universites

The students of the following universities were invited to submit their projects for the Pitch Award 2019:

DFFB, Berlin
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg
Filmakademie Wien
Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
HEAD Genf
HFBK Hamburg
HFF München
HFG Karlsruhe
IFS Köln
KHM Köln
Kunsthochschule Kassel
Macromedia, München
ZeLIG, Bozen
ZHdK, Zürich

 

Review 2019

 

Winner Nathalie Berger during the Pitch Award 2019

The PITCH AWARD 2019 – sponsered by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart – goes to Nathalie Berger from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHDK) for her Filmproject CHAGRIN VALLEY

"Nathalie Berger treats the socially relevant topic of dementia sensitively and critically in her film project. She has found a surprising place in a small town in Ohio (USA): a nursing home in which a fictitious world from the past of dementia patients is faked in order for them to escape reality, frustration and the pain of forgetting. A service that costs a lot of money. The filmmaker takes a differentiated look at the residents and their carers, asks important questions about identity and its loss, and focuses on the social inequalities between staff and residents. With her cinematic language, the director wants to bring this current topic into a visually stunning experience in a completely new world for us. We congratulate Nathalie Berger and wish her all the best for the future".

 

Jury 2019:

Burkhard Althoff, ZDF, Das kleine Fernsehspiel (D)
Anne­Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/Arte (D)
Antje Böhmert, DOCDAYS Productions (D)
Petra Felber, BR (D)
Timo Großpietsch, NDR (D)
Georg Gruber, Magnet Films (D)
Jutta Krug, WDR (D)
Chatherine Le Goff, ARTE (F)
Aline Schmid, Beauvoir Films (CH)
Siegfried Steinlechner, ORF (AT)
Esther van Messel, First Hand Films (CH)
Marcus Vetter, SWR (D)
Ralph Wieser, Mischief Films (AT) 

Selected Projects 2019

 

Participating universites

The students of the following universities were invited to submit their projects for the Pitch Award 2019:

DFFB, Berlin
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg
Filmakademie Wien
Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
HEAD Genf
HFBK Hamburg
HFF München
HFG Karlsruhe
IFS Köln
KHM Köln
Kunsthochschule Kassel
Macromedia, München
ZeLIG, Bozen
ZHdK, Zürich