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.


Online Writing Workshop 

Duration: From July 12 to 21 – 40 HOURS
Hours: 4 hours a day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Col / 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Uy-Arg / 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bcn (These 4 hours include viewing time and a half-hour break each day).

The aim of this workshop is to scrutinize and revise the proposals so each one will emerge in its best possible version. This workshop will work during 40 hours of immersion in writing where 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.

Each project will work a total of 4 hours in which:
– Viewing and presentation of the project
– Questioning, analysis and reconfiguration of the project
– Preparation for pitch presentation
– Pitch test

The work with each project will be done with the presence of the rest of the participants, so it is essential to have availability throughout the workshop. The pitching script review and correction will be individual via email.

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.

Training for Pitching

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.

Documentary Pitching

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.

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.

July 31st: Award ceremony

The prizes for the projects in the Documentary Pitching will be awarded.

Application is now closed. Good luck!

2020 Documentary Pitching selected projects



by Nicolas Van Hemelryck / Clare Weiskopf


Derechos humanos, Temas sociales, Documental de creación


How do you build a “new life” when your first years were spent on the street? Through a creative act, eight teenage girls who lived on the streets give life to a fictional classmate. As reality prevails and fiction fades, the innocent game becomes a descent into hell where their luminous faces guide us to the depths of the dark world they once inhabited. How to imagine a different life, break the cycle of abandonment and embrace the future?

Director: Nicolas Van Hemelryck / Clare Weiskopf / Producer: Nicolas Van Hemelryck / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Nicolas Van Hemelryck Claire Weiskopf Alexandra Galvis / Production company: Casatarántula / Country: COLOMBIA, CHILE / Genre: Derechos humanos, Temas sociales, Documental de creación / Duration: 75’ / Language: Español / Spanish

An Oscillating Shadow

by Celeste Rojas Mugica


Documental de creación


The FILMMAKER approaches the archive of negatives of her father, a man that in the past photographed his political activity within the underground resistance against the Chilean dictatorship and his prolonged exile. By Photography as a common language, father and daughter ask themselves for the meaning of images and their ways of seeing the world. This will be also a way of approaching the past that preceded her and determines Chile’s present

Director: Celeste Rojas Mugica / Producer: Florencia de Mugica / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Celeste Rojas Mugica Florencia de Mugica / Production company: Bomba Cine / Country: ARGENTINA, CHILE / Genre: Documental de creación / Duration: 75’ / Language: Español / Spanish

Ida Vitale

by María Inés Arrillaga


Documental de creación, cultura / creative documentary, culture


Storyline en inglés 96-year-old young woman: Vitale. She loses the love of her life, returns home after forty years of exile, receives the most important award in Spanish literature and goes on tour around the world. The poet Ida Vitale travels and travels without moving away from herself, attentive to what no one sees. Jumping from one syllable to another, she travels around the planet in a slow parenthesis: a tour full of unprecedented pauses.

Director: María Inés Arrillaga / Producer: Inés Vazquez / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Inés Vazquez María INés Arrillaga / Production company: Byobu / Country: URUGUAY / Genre: Documental de creación, cultura / creative documentary, culture / Duration: 75’ / Language: Español / Spanish


by Melissa Saavedra Gil


Documental de creación / creative documentary


Several years later I return to the city where I was born. I return to reconstruct a death that altered my destiny and try to remember my childhood. Slowly I fall like Alice through the rabbit hole. Only my encounter with the past will determine my memory and my future.

Director: Melissa Saavedra Gil / Producer: Diana Maria Zuleta / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Melissa Saavedra Gil Diana Maria Zuleta / Production companies: Pachana Producciones / Cinnema Produções de Filmes Eireli / Country: COLOMBIA, BRASIL / Genre: Documental de creación / creative documentary / Duration: 70’ / Language: Español / Spanish

Mais Uma Orquídea

by Karen Gronich


Biographies, Creative documentary, history


Hitler Youth child, Helga recalls her love story with Bruno, a Jewish man who had to end his boxing career and flee to Brazil during Nazi persecution. From the perspective of director Karen Gronich, the documentary explores how Helga can embody contradictory and extreme values as the superiority of a race and true generosity and sweetness towards the other.

Director: Karen Gronich / Producer: Petra Costa / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Karen Gronich / Production company: Busca Vida Filmes / Country: BRASIL / Genre: Biographies, Creative documentary, history / Duration: 70’ / Language: Portugués, Alemán / portuguese, german

The Creator

by Guillermina Chiariglione Daniele


Documental de creación, Medio Ambiente, Temas Sociales


Since the route was built, every December the settlers of Puerto Paraíso prepare to receive tourists who arrive excited looking for jungle and relaxation. During the next three months their lives revolve around tourism. Out of season, they return to the usual rhythm of work on the farm. In rainy season the privacy of the home reaches its highest peak and the hostility of the jungle climate is present

Director: Guillermina Chiariglione Daniele / Producer: Paula Schargorodsky / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Guillermina Chiariglione Daniele Paula Schargorodsky / Production company: Dream big pictures / Country: ARGENTINA / Genre: Documental de creación, Medio Ambiente, Temas Sociales / Duration: 75’ / Language: Español, Portugués / Spanish, Portuguese

The forbidden lives of my three men

by Leticia Simoes


Creative documentary, biographies, history


The forbidden lives of my three men is a feature documentary that, using only family photographs from the director’s personal collection and a text written by her, aligned with a sound landscape work, reconstructs the memory of a society, Brasil’s Northeastern, through almost one hundred years.

Director: Leticia Simoes / Producer: João Vieira Jr. / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Leticia Simoes João Vieira Jr. / Production company: Carnaval Filmes / Country: BRASIL / Genre: Creative documentary, biographies, history / Duration: 80’ / Language: Portugués / portuguese

The Next Battles

by Felipe Egaña


Derechos humanos, Política, Temas sociales


Leopo is frustrated after 50 years of political struggle. He was imprisoned and tortured but the world remains unfair and even his torturer is free. Leopo prepares for his most difficult battle: to confront his torturer and learn from him. He wants to understand the world he was not able to change.

Director: Felipe Egaña / Producer: Daniela Raviola / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Felipe Egaña Daniela Raviola / Production company: Juntos Films / Country: CHILE / Genre: Derechos humanos, Política, Temas sociales / Duration: 70’ / Language: Español / Spanish

The servant ́s nightmares

by Manuel Alejandro Villa Machado


Documental de creación / creative documentary


A feared Monsignor by the name of Builes, imposed ultra-conservative doctrines in Colombia between 1924 and 1971. Liberals, homosexuals, and emancipated women were part of his nightmares. His ideology paved the way for one of the first paramilitary groups in Colombia. We cross the lands where the Bishop reigned and recreate in a sarcastic way his own nightmares, asking ourselves about the origin of the fear that characterizes us as a nation.

Director: Manuel Alejandro Villa Machado / Producer: Laura Mora / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Manuel Villa / Production company: La selva cine / Country: COLOMBIA / Genre: Documental de creación / creative documentary / Duration: 75’ / Language: Español / Spanish


by Agustina Comedi


Documental de creación, Política, Temas Sociales


In a post-pandemic and impoverished Buenos Aires, a group of unionized sex workers is trying to make ends meet. The increasingly police and paranoid normality projects new images of abjection and contagion on them. Can that union’s collective body preserve life, or at least a life worth living? His profession depends on what causes so much trembling: the contact between the bodies.

Director: Agustina Comedi / Producer: Guido Deniro / Commercial contact for DocMontevideo: Agustina Comedi Guido Deniro / Production company: Arde Cine / Country: ARGENTINA / Genre: Documental de creación, Política, Temas Sociales / Duration: 80’ / Language: Español / Spanish


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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