Smack my PITCH up! The Pitch Sessions
Smack my PITCH up! The Pitch Sessions is the last part of the Industry Meetings programme. IN-EDIT invites young makers to pitch their music documentary projects in front of selected advisors, IN-EDIT ambassadors and audience. After a feedback round, there will be a winning pitch. Finalists will receive a workshop on their pitches with Koen Suidgeest, the award-winning Dutch documentary filmmaker. The winning pitch earns €500 in rental equipment, courtesy of Budgetcam AND a place in next year’s IN-EDIT festival!
From the applicants, a few projects will be selected to attend the IN-EDIT Pitch Session, which consists of a pitching workshop and the final pitch to the audience and advisors. During the workshop, the participants get to further develop their ideas through both group and one-on-one coaching, feedback rounds, and discussions with their peers. They then have a short time to describe these ideas to the advisors. After this short presentation, the advisors ask questions to help the makers better shape their idea into something more tangible and gives feedback on the strong and weak points of their pitch. This way, the participants get the advisors’ insight on their project while competing for the win: a secured place in our IN-EDIT 2022 programme.
Smack my PITCH up! is the newest addition to our IN-EDIT Industry Meetings programme. It’s an excellent way to promote young talent, network, and provide a space for new ideas to flourish. Through pitching one can communicate one’s plans to a relevant public, something that opens up the possibility of having other people joining in on the creative journey. As the event is open to the public, it’s the perfect opportunity to have the audience express their interest in a project and become part of the creator’s team.
Be aware that all applicants must agree with the terms and conditions. Due to the circumstances, the final presentations will be live-streamed, opening up to an even wider audience.
Smack my PITCH up! is part of our Industry Meetings programme, following the Panel Discussion.
Submissions close on 1 May 2021
Koen Suidgeest is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and teacher. His projects deal with human rights issues with a recurring focus on the rights of women in the developing world. Koen teaches filmmaking at a variety of universities, among which the Institute of Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University and is currently the president of the board of Leiden Shorts, a film festival in his hometown of Leiden.
Meet the Advisors
Jan Doense is a producer, director, festival director, and film distributor. He studied law at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, the New York Film Academy, and the Binger Filmlab and is a graduate of the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs Producers’ Workshop. He has been the director of the International Film Festival Film by the Sea since 2019.
The head of programming of In-Edit International Music Documentary Film Festival at its Barcelona headquarters, overseeing the International programme of the different In-Edit Festival in the world. He is also Senior Festival Booking Manager at The Festival Agency in Paris, providing filmmakers and sales agents full consultancy services on International festival strategies and managing bookings from submissions to logistics and servicing.
Eight years of experience in documentary film distribution and sales manager Benelux at Piece of Magic Entertainment, a worldwide theatrical distribution company. Always with a keen eye for music documentaries, the slate includes Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Nick Broomfield’s Marianne & Leonard, Alex Winter’s Zappa, and in the summer of 2021: Aznavour, Le Regard de Charles.
Oscar van der Kroon
Employed in journalism for a daily newspaper since 1974. Switched to television in 1983. Made many documentaries with an investigative journalistic mission. Head of the Documentaries Department NTR since 2010.