Screen Training Ireland is excited to partner with Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival to present ‘Perfect Pitch’, a pitching workshop with a difference for documentary filmmakers, who have a project they are working on, and who are looking for ’the perfect pitch’, or who just wish to explore the many ways to achieve that ‘perfect pitch’. While the traditional ‘pitching forums’ and ‘pitching markets’ have a strong reputation and an important place on the documentary circuit, they are highly competitive, and their numbers are restricted – for example, MeetMarket at Sheffield DocFest this year had over 500 submissions for 65 pitch slots.
At the Guth Gafa ‘Perfect Pitch’ workshop, a new online platform, Pitch The Doc, will be presented. This platform proposes to change the playing field, as it will allow filmmakers to present, and decision-makers to view, a broad range of doc projects without the need for competing for a forum place, and without the challenge of pitching in the ‘gladiator arena’ scenario, like HotDocs Forum or IDFA Forum.
The format of the workshop will be a presentation by the Pitch The Doc team, followed by two established international filmmakers, who have both pitched at the big international forums and/or markets, who will talk about their experiences, and consider the merits and values of the pitching forums/markets versus the online platform.
Participants in the workshop will be involved in the discussions, and will have the opportunity to talk about their own individual pitches, and pitch strategies, with our experts.
The workshop will take place at Guth Gafa Doc Festival, Headfort House, Kells, County Meath on Sunday 22nd July at 12.30pm
Admission to the workshop is free, but tickets must be booked online by following the link below.