Documentary Pitching

Documentary Pitching

Documentary Pitching involves a training path for 12 participants with projects from Latin America. The aim is to boost their creative possibilities and provide opportunities for obtaining finance and positioning their products in the international market.

Mentor: Marta Andreu

Marta Andreu

Marta Andreu (Spain) is the academic coordinator of DocMontevideo. In 2004 she founded Estudi Playtime in order to devote her time to producing creation documentaries. Her last production “Amanecer” was awarded as best Colombian film at FICCI. In 2017 she founded Walden a documentary training residence. In 2004-2005 she coordinated a Spanish documentary cinema retrospective for Cinéma du Réel. She analyses documentary scripts for the Centre de Desenvolupament Audiovisual.  She has a degree in audiovisual communication and a master’s in creation documentary from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Co-Mentors: Paula Gomes and Marcos Bautista

Marcos Bautista

Marcos Bautista (Brasil) is member of Plano 3 Filmes, he produced “Jonas and the Backyard Circus”, which premiered on cinemas and TVs in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico and South Korea. “Son of Ox” (first feature film) participated in the workinprogress session of the FICG and Málaga and received the support of Film4Climate for the project most connected to the development goals of the ONU. His next film “Sam” is an award-winning project in DocMontevideo.

Paula Gomes

Paula Gomes (Brasil) is director and producer in the brazilian collective Plano 3 Filmes. Among his films, is the documentary “Jonas and the Backyard Circus”, which premiered at IDFA, was exhibited in more than 25 countries and awarded prizes at festivals such as CinélatinoToulouse, MiradasDoc, DocsMx, among others. Paula is part of DiásporaLab and, currently, she is working on her new documentary “Sam” and in the feature film “Son of Ox”.

31 July to 3 August: Writing Workshop

Hours: 10:00 to 18:30 | Venue: CRA, Cultural Center of Spain

The aim of this workshop is to scrutinize and revise the proposals so each one will emerge in its best possible version. In these five days of immersion in writing there will ben an analysis of the narrative construction of each project and in-depth work on the relation between the materials that make them up and the impulse that determines what the writer wants to say.

4, 5 and 6 August: Training for Pitching

22 and 23 July | Hours: 10:00 to 18:30 | Venue: CRA, Cultural Center of Spain
24 July | Hours: 10:00 to 13:00 | Venue: CRA, Cultural Center of Spain
24 July | Hours: 14:30 to 18:00 | Venue: Zavala Muniz Room, Solís Theater

Prior to the Pitching, the participants will train their presentations under the guidance of the writing tutors so as to identify the key points of their projects and the best ways of putting them forward.

7 August: Documentary Pitching

Hours: 9:30 to 13:00 | Venue: Zavala Muniz Room, Solís Theater

Each of the 10 participants will have seven minutes to present his project to a panel of representatives from television channels and decision makers. The panel has seven minutes to give a response, raise doubts and ask questions.

8 August: Meetings with representatives from TV channels and decision makers

Hours: 9:30 to 13:00 | Venue: Delmira Agustini Room, Solís Theater

Based on the Pitching, market meetings between the participants and the decision makers will be arranged.

9 August: Award ceremony

Hours: 20:00 | Venue: Delmira Agustini Room, Solís Theater

During the closing ceremony, the prizes for the projects in the Documentary Pitching will be awarded.

2019 Documentary Pitching selected projects


About Memory and Forgetfulness

by Ricardo Martensen


Creative Documentary, Human Rights, Current Affairs


What’s left of us after death? Bones? Belongings? Memories? How long do these traces of existence remain on Earth? Presenting three different stories, this film reflects on memory and forgetfulness. These narratives, however, force us to face issues that Brazil in 2019 insists on forgetting.

Director: Ricardo Martensen / Producer: Ricardo Martensen / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Ricardo Martensen / Production company: Trilha Mídia / Country: Brazil / Genre: Creative Documentary, Human Rights, Current Affairs / Duration: 80` / Format: 4K / Language: Portuguese

Desert Space

by Yerko Ravlich


Creative Documentary


In the north of Chile, Leonel dedicates his life to unveil mysteries about the extraterrestrial existence. Together with the members of his UFO organization, Leonel organizes a UFO vigil. Under the starry mantle of the night sky and before the immensity of the desert, they try to make contact.

Director: Yerko Ravlich / Producer: Michel Toledo / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Michel Toledo / Production companies: Totem Producciones / Dinamo Films / Country: Chile / Genre: Creative Documentary / Duration: 75' / Format: 4K / Language: Spanish

Earthless Juan

by Juan Grattarola


Creative Documentary, Social Issues


The impossibility of depicting my father as I see him, builds a way to create a distorted reflex based on experimentation. Almost poetic, a though, refugeed in the country character will break through the dilemma of being a father and main character of the film at the same time.

Director: Juan Grattarola / Producer: Sebastián Gil / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Sebastián Gil / Production company: Arándano / Country: Uruguay / Genre: Creative Documentary, Social Issues / Duration: 60` / Format: HD / Language: Spanish

Lost time

by María Alvarez


Creative Documentary, Culture, Biographies


The portrayal of a group of old people who have been meeting for 18 years, at a bar in Buenos Aires, to read Marcel Proust´s novel “In search of lost time”, giving it a new and personal meaning.

Director: María Alvarez / Producer: María Alvarez / Tirso Díaz Jares Rueda / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: María Álvarez / Production company: Álvarez - Díaz / Country: Argentina / Genre: Creative Documentary, Culture, Biographies / Duration: 90` / Format: Full HD / Language: Spanish


by Gastón Sahajdacny


Creative Documentary, Human Rights, Social Issues


From the periphery to the center of the city, Mariano runs through Córdoba on Motorbike, working as a peddler. He pass by the nights with Constance between riding and prowling, inquiring into Mariano’s limited routes through the city. A recent law allows people to be arrested for face carrying. Between mobilizations and fairs, they bind together emotionally, till the point of arising a love of one to the another.

Director: Gastón Sahajdacny / Producer: Ana Apontes / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Ana Apontes / Production company: Ana Apontes / Country: Argentina / Genre: Creative Documentary, Human Rights, Social Issues / Duration: 75` / Format: HD / Language: Spanish. Italian


by Brunna Laboissière


Creative Documentary, Current Affairs, Social Issues


Through the streets of a European capital, people rush to carry out their daily tasks. Under these same streets, underground galleries reflect the city like a mirror. To take a break from the European world, Samir and Jafar, friends from Sudan, descend regularly to the underground and, under the flickering light of candles, they evoke their dreams which bring with them what they have left behind and the restlessness with the life on surface.

Director: Brunna Laboissière / Producer: Brunna Laboissière / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Brunna Laboissière / Production company: Artemísia Filmes / Country: Brazil / Genre: Creative Documentary, Current Affairs, Social Issues / Duration: 70` / Language: French / Arabic

Roaring Lambs

by Andrés Ramírez Pulido


Social Issues, Youth, Kids


In the middle of the dense jungle, a group of kids and teenagers are found in treatment for their addiction to psychoactive substances. Immersed in a process of hostile training, they manage to maintain themselves genuine and free. Some of them try to wander through their complex present, others just want to run away.

Director: Andrés Ramírez Pulido / Producer: Johana Agudelo Susa / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Johana Agudelo Susa / Production company: Valiente Gracia / Country: Colombia / Genre: Social Issues, Youth, Kids / Duration: 75' / Format: HD / Language: Spanish

The black box. A story about Daniel Chavarría

by Elisa Barbosa Riva


Biographies, Culture


On the 28th of october in 1969 Daniel hijacks an Avianca’s plane at gunpoint and arrives in Cuba where years later he becomes the cuban bestselling thriller writer of all times. That plane’s black box will tell us the fascinating story of his life. During a journey with his fictional characters and his relatives, friends and colleagues, we will inhabit his dear Cuba and his natal Uruguay.

Director: Elisa Barbosa Riva / Producer: Isabel García / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Isabel García / Production company: Montelona Cine / Country: Uruguay / Genre: Biographies, Culture / Duration: 80` / Format: 4K / Language: Spanish

The inventory

by Ilana Coleman Tapia


Creative Documentary, Human Rights, Politics


The inventory is a film that seeks to weave, skirt, traverse and shape the stories of families who seek justice for their forcibly disappeared relatives in México, while a fictionalized committee of linguists perform an inventory of the dictionary.

Director: Ilana Coleman Tapia / Producer: James Gonçalves Dolnick / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Ilana Coleman Tapia / Production company: Sin Sitio Cine / Country: Mexico / Genre: Creative Documentary, Human Rights, Politics / Duration: 75` / Format: 16mm, 2K / Language: Spanish

The Tormentors

by Felipe Rugeles


Human Rights, History, Creative Documentary


In 1913 the London trial against the Peruvian Amazon Rubber Company accused of the extermination of more than fifty thousand indigenous people in the Amazon at the beginning of the twentieth century began. Despite the evidence revealed by the British cónsul, the Irish Roger Casement in his report called The Blue Book of Putumayo, the trial had no convicts. In an attempt to reconstruct the Holocaust in the Amazon we submerge ourselves in this failed judicial process searching for witnesses, defendants and their victims.

Director: Felipe Rugeles / Producer: Soledad Torres Aguero / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Felipe Rugeles / Production company: Saki Cine / Country: Colombia / Genre: Human Rights, History, Creative Documentary / Duration: 80` / Format: HD / Language: Spanish, English, Murui


IDFA award for the most promising project: For the Director of the project. Support for the flight ticket up to € 900, 5 night of hotel, IDFA Forum pass (to assist the pitchings), IDFA Festival pass (to acces the film program), support of the festival for the activity schedule and meetings with decision makers. In the case that the producer attends IDFA, he or she will be offered with the IDFA Festival pass.
Winner: Lost Time, by María Álvarez.

DokLeipzig Award: Selection of one project for DokLeipzig’s Co-production Meetings. Includes: Support of € 1.000 for travel expenses for the invited team, 4 hotel nights and acreditation.
Winner: Roaring Lambs, by Andrés Ramírez.

DOCSMX Award: Selection of one project for the DOCSMX 2018 Pitching  (includes hotel and acreditation).
Winner: The Black Box, by Elisa Barbosa.

MiradasDoc Award: Selection of one project for the MiradasDoc Pitching at Canary Islands (includes hotel, acreditation and 500 € support for the flight ticket).
Winner: Quarries, by Brunna Laboissiere.

WEMW Award: When East Meets West will offer to one project representative industry accreditation and 4 night accommodation in Trieste. The invited producer or director will have the chance to attend the full WEMW programme, meet key European decision makers and network with more than 450 film professionals from more than 40 different countries.
Winner: Moto, by Gastón Sahajdacny.

ChileDoc Conecta Award: Accreditation for the third international documentary industry meeting ChileDoc Conecta; selection in the industry activities of the event; and a grant of USD 400 to support the purchase of tickets, accommodation or food for the representative.
Winner: The inventory, by Ilana Coleman.

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