Documentary Pitching Calendar
We present below a preview of the training program for the participating projects of the DocMontevideo 2013 Documentary Pitching. Further information will be provided as it is confirmed.
June: Distance tutorials with ITVS
The 12 selected project participants will take part in distance tutoring. The mentors from POV and TIF will receive the project proposals in English and will give a written response that will serve as a basis for the tutoring, which will take place afterwards by video-conference. The tutoring will be in English.
Simon Kilmurry (Scotland). Executive Director of POV in United States. He served as chief operating officer of American Documentary for six years before assuming as executive director in 2006. He has played a key role in setting strategic direction for the organization and implementing new initiatives, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV’s co-production initiative in support of emerging filmmakers; POV’s Borders, PBS’ Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives, a second-run series for independent documentaries on public TV. He worked to secure partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers.
Ryan Harrington (United States). Director of Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute, where he oversees year-round documentary funding and filmmaker support initiatives. Previously, he managed production at A&E IndieFilms, where he championed the films Murderball, Jesus Camp, American Teen and My Kid Could Paint That, among others. With Participant Media, he recently produced the feature documentary A Place at the Table, which will be released in theaters in early 2013.
José Rodríguez (Puerto Rico). He is the Manager for Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute. A native of Puerto Rico, he grew up with a passion for movies that led him to Syracuse University (NY), where he wrote a feature script and directed two shorts. After interning as an assistant to producer Amy Hobby, he settled in New York City and became a script/book reader for Overture Films while also working on Tze Chun’s Children of Invention and the documentary Poor Consuelo Conquers the World. He also maintains a blog about daily NYC life & film.
17, 18 and 19 July: Writing Workshop
With Marta Andreu and Emma Davie
The aim of this workshop is to scrutinize and revise the proposals so each one will emerge in its best possible version. In these three days of immersion in writing there will be 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.
Marta Andreu (Spain) is the academic coordinator of DocMontevideo. She is the academic coordinator of the master’s in creation documentary course at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She teaches port-graduate documentary film courses at the Universidad Rovira y Virgili in Tarragona. In 2004-2005 she coordinated a Spanish documentary cinema retrospective for Cinéma du Réel. She analyses documentary scripts for the Centre de Desenvolupament Audiovisual. In 2004 she founded Estudi Playtime in order to devote her time to producing creation documentaries. She has a degree in audiovisual communication and a master’s in creation documentary from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Emma Davie (Scotland). Documentary filmmaker. She runs the Film Department at Edinburgh College of Art. She has co-directed a feature documentary I am Breathing for Film 4 which is travelling to festivals all over the world. Previous work includes many documentaries for BBC, Ch 4 and various international broadcasters. She was on the board of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and writes for DOX magazine. She taught at the European Film College and has worked as tutor or consultant with EDN, European Film College, Storydoc, Discovery Campus, East European Forum, Docs Barcelona, IDFA Summer School, Norwegian Film School and many others.
22 and 23 July: Training for Pitching
Prior to the Pitching, the participants will train for 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.
24 July: Documentary Pitching
Each of the 12 participants will have seven minutes to present his project to a panel of representatives from television channels and decision makers. The panel will have seven minutes to give a response, raise doubts and ask questions. Other subsequent meetings may be arranged.
25 July: Meetings with representatives from TV channels and decision makers
Based on the Pitching, market meetings between the participants and the decision makers will be arranged.
27 July: Award ceremony
During the closing ceremony, the prizes for the projects in the Documentary Pitching will be awarded.