The 2011 Good Pitch Europe has announced the projects selected for its October event dedicated to supporting socially conscious documentaries.
The teams selected will pitch their films to an invited group of foundations, NGOs, brands, advertising and digital agencies, social entrepreneurs and media organisations. Past participants include Amnesty International, Princes Trust, Wellcome Trust, YouTube, The Ford Foundation, HBO and Google.
At the Good Pitch New York last month more than $500,000 of funding was pledged, and three of the eight films there were fully funded after the event.
The seven films being pitched are:
The Curse Of Gold, dir. Christian Trumble
A man fights against the dirty gold industry.
Democrats, dir. Camilla Nielsson
About the fight for modern democracy in Zimbabwe.
Fish Fight Europe, dir. Will Anderson
About campaigning to change European fishing policy and the fight to stop ‘discards’ of wasted fish.
Justice For Sale, dirs. Ilse & Femke van Velzen
A young Congolese human rights lawyer takes on clilents that no one else wants.
Rice Wars, dirs. Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat-Hallade
A farming community struggles against foreign investors in Mali.
The Special Need, dir. Carlo Zoratti
A film about disabled people’s need for sex and love.
What’s Going On?, dir. Penny Woolcock [pictured]
Birmingham gang rivals try to heal wounds of the past.
Good Pitch Europe runs Oct 25 at London’s Royal Institution of Great Britain.
“We are delighted to be able to share the Good Pitch model with the European film community,” said Jess Search, Chief Executive of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation. “Following the huge success of Good Pitch New York in May the potential of this forum is remarkable. We will have a room full of funders and media professionals, social innovators and entrepreneurs, advocates and campaigners - all ready to get engaged with documentary film. We know that creating this ‘flash community’ creates outstanding opportunities for the filmmakers and participants alike.”
Britdoc organises the Good Pitch in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary FIlm Program, in collaboration with Working Films UK.