IN-EDIT International Music Documentary Film Festival of the Netherlands invites filmmakers, industry professionals and visitors to the  Smack My PITCH Up! The Pitch SessionsThe space where we gather a selection of music documentary film projects that will be pitched in front of industry professionals of diverse expertises in the field of music documentary to receive feedback. 


Do you want to attend The Pitch Sessions? Are you intrigued about which music documentary films are in the making? Who are the future directors? Do you want to be inspired with new ideas? Do you want to connect with professionals of the film industry?
The Pitch Sessions are your place to be!

Save the date: Sunday, 14 April 11:00 – 13:00 (Cineville pass holder? You can come for free!).

Industry professional

Are you a professional in the film industry such as a funder, sales agent, festival programmer, broadcaster, distributor, financier, digital platform, exhibitor or film institute? You are welcome to attend and participate at The Pitch Sessions. We will be delighted to welcome you on Sunday, 14th of April from 11:00 to 13:00.

We expect from the industry professionals to actively comment, give advice and provide feedback to the pitching project teams.

After The Pitch Sessions the pitching teams will choose to meet one-on-one with one industry representative. However, in case you would like to meet several pitching teams, this is also possible and we will facilitate space to do so.

Do you want to participate? Contact us:


Selected projects will enroll in a full programme consisting of two workshops (project development and pitch training with Dutch filmmaker, journalist, and professor, Stefan Egberts) and a spot to pitch in front of an audience and a selected panel of experts.

On top of that, one project will cash in €500 worth of rental equipment courtesy of BudgetCam as well as a spot to premiere the film at IN-EDIT!


Participating at The Pitch Sessions means you get two workshops and a spot at the final pitch during the IN-EDIT Festival.

  • Workshop 1 – Project development (Thursday, 11th April): you will further develop your idea and form it into a solid project plan.
  • Workshop 2 – Pitch training (Saturday, 13th April): get to prepare your pitch through feedback rounds and discussions as well as both group and one-on-one coaching.
  • Final Pitch (Sunday, 14th April 11:00 – 13:00): you will give a short presentation to an audience and a panel of industry professionals in different fields. After your presentation, the panel will give you advise and feedback.

after the event, we provide a space for all participants, panel members and audience to mingle, discuss and get to know each other better over coffee and snacks.

One-on-one meeting: after the event, you will be able to opt to a meeting with one of the advisors to help you take the next step.

The panel will select one project they want to see screened at IN-EDIT in the future. The maker of that project will also receive rental equipment credit to help them get one step closer to realising their documentary.


Because you can communicate your plans to a relevant public, further develop your ideas, gain insight from experts and potentially get more people to join your team! The Pitch Sessions are an excellent way to promote young and new talent, network, and provide a space for new ideas to flourish.


Both workshops will take place at A Lab (Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS Amsterdam) and the final pitching event at Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234a 1017 PH Amsterdam).


Applying is free of charge. If your project is selected, you will be able to accept it and enrol by paying a participation fee of €50. This fee includes all the above.

In some cases, we grant participation fee waivers, contact us to request it:

The deadline to apply in the text for the 17th March at 23:59h. By submitting, teams and projects agree to all terms & conditions.


Smack My PITCH Up! The Pitch Sessions
Sunday, 14 April 11:00 – 13:00


€ 5: Free for Cineville Holders

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Selected Projects

Journey Towards Visceral Noise
Journey Towards Visceral Noise

A painter starts a new artistic project involving music and video with very little prior experience. Between optimism and introversion, it is a journey about the beauty of daring, seen through the eyes of his partner. The film will be represented by Director Sapho Warin

Locked in a A drugstore
Locked in a Drugstore

Shortly after his death, radio host Pieterjan Braet and musician Elko Blijweert bring honor to Fré de Vos, the legendary owner of Antwerp's most notorious record store Morbus Gravis Music Space. The film will be represented by Director Pieterjan Braet

Ons Ruby
Ons Ruby

In the ten months of rehearsals leading to their final performance, a group of senior women reflects on the crucial role Ruby Tuesday, the theatrical choir they’ve sung in for over 30 years, has played in their lives as a tight female social network, for better and for worse. The film will be represented by Directors Sophie Conin & Wieke Cornelissen.

Route de la Rêverie
Route de la Rêverie

A single woman's roadtrip towards renewed freedom, independence and healing from a broken heart. Living by herself in her campervan in France she learns how music is a way to survive in a foreign area where she doesn't speak the language, whilst discovering the simple life off-grid, freed from the city’s rat race and consumerism. This film will be represented by Director Hedwig van Leuven

The Palatca Tapes
The Palatca Tapes

As violinist and impressario, Crispijn (77) looks back on his life as a legend of folk music, he comes across VHS tapes, with material he filmed with a Roma musician family in the 1990s. He decides to drive to Romania one more time to visit his old friends and make music together again. This film will be represented by Director Chris Frieswijk

Pitch Trainer

Stefan Egberts
Stefan Egberts

Stefan Egberts is a versatile Dutch filmmaker and journalist, renowned for his documentary Chasing a Million, which traced his journey from a single rabbit to a house on a ski slope. The film gained international acclaim, including a feature at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. With a background in Political Science and Journalism, Stefan is also a dedicated educator, teaching Creative Business at Breda University. His investigative journalism roots from RTL Nieuws evolved into impactful filmmaking, evident in his award-winning work for Rambam and documentaries on varied human interest subjects. Beyond his professional pursuits, Stefan is committed to community service, notably through Oorlog in mijn Buurt, and enjoys soccer and cooking in his leisure time.


Dennis Alink
Dennis Alink

Dennis Alink is a passionate filmmaker based in Amsterdam who works in both documentary and fiction. His films are driven by artistic motivations and an interest in exploring the possibilities and boundaries between fiction and documentary, always with a broad audience in mind.

Pitch Advisors

Absaline Hehakaya
Absaline Hehakaya

Absaline Hehakaya works for The Netherlands Filmfund as projectmanager Selective Funding. She is responsible for grant schemes concerning emerging filmmakers and new forms of cinema, including Caleidoscope, Filmfonds Shorts, Teledoc Campus and Immerse\Interact. At the Filmfund, she focuses on encouraging innovation in film and the (continued) development of new talent, short film, and projects that explore the boundaries between film and other disciplines.

Koen de Rooij
Koen de Rooij

Koen de Rooij is a Rotterdam-based film programmer. His main interests lie in the continuing influences of national borders, migration and the (colonial) past on the lives of humans and how this is reflected in and explored through film. He has been part of the IFFR Short Film selection committee since 2017 and works as a curator for the Rotterdam-based art collective Mint Podium.

Marina Burić
Marina Burić

Marina Burić is a documentary film industry expert, currently working as a Senior Producer Markets at IDFA. Before that she managed the industry section at ZagrebDox IFF and she co-founded GoCritic!, a training program for emerging film critics and journalists, organized by Cineuropa. She has also worked as a distribution and exhibition manager and a cinema programmer for Restart, a Zagreb based education, production and distribution company.

Petra Letteboer
Petra Letteboer

Petra Letteboer is Senior Project Manager in Marketing & Publicity at Film Incompany. In addition to that she is specifically involved in film festivals and (live) concert registrations. She first started working as a publicity employee in the film industry, but her love for music brought her to the record company Coast to Coast before starting her own record label. Since 2016 she and Petra van Horssen have been working together on special films and film festivals.