PITCH_IT@Berlinale is a workshop programme for emerging filmmakers from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany and aims to support your first steps in the film industry. The project is organized by the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and the Goethe-Institut.
The art of pitching is the professional oral presentation of a project idea or story. A task that even brilliant filmmakers and producers often fail at. A successful pitch of a film project can decide whether a project is realized or not.
PITCH_IT@Berlinale offers intensive workshops in the fields of production, directing, distribution and film-marketing. All Mentors are highly experienced and decorated members of the current film industry and will guide your project throughout this programme. Furthermore, the pitching training by communication trainer Sibylle Kurz is intended to help the participants to prepare their projects in line with the actual film market requirements and offer skills for networking in the international film industry.
At the end of the trainings, the participants can present their film projects to employees of international film festivals (e.g. Sundance, IDFA, Dok.Fest München etc.) and film funding agencies alongside Berlinale 2023.
We look forward to applications from filmmakers in the fields of animation, documentary, feature film and experimental film.
The language of the training and the workshop is English.
The conditions of participation and details can be found in the call for entries. The application deadline is April 19th, 2022.
A jury made up of internationally renowned film experts from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany decides on the participation of the applicants.
The Hungarian film director was a member of the International Jury for the main competition of the Berlinale 2021. Her film Testről és lélekről (On Body and Soul) won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2017 and was nominated not only for an Oscar but also for several European Film Awards. Enyedi's debut film My 20th Century (1989) was awarded the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Enyedi has already been a jury member at festivals in Venice, Moscow or San Sebastián. Her internationally cast film The Story of My Wife had its premiere in Cannes in 2021.
Producer, director and mentor at Prague’s FAMU. He released 20 feature films, half fictional and got many Czech and international awards. Focusing on films by debut-making directors (e.g. Schmitke, Best Debut at Cottbus IFF 2015) as well as the filmmaker of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Karel Vachek, whose last film Communism and the Net premiered at IFFR 2020. His recent productions include the wildlife film Wild Prague, a sequel of the successful Wilder than Wilderness, which got 100.000 audience in Czech cinemas and Czech-Portuguese co-production of Lawrence of Moravia, a puppet anidok about the famous discoverer of the Arab world.
Dr Evelin Hust
was born in Mainz. She studied Political Science, Indology and Economics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, at the University of Sussex, UK and at the University of Heidelberg. Her doctorate was in South Asian political science. She wrote her dissertation on the women's quota in local parliaments introduced in India in 1991. From 2001–2004 she headed the branch of the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University in New Delhi, India. She then took over as director of the Goethe-Institut in Bangalore, after which she worked as an overall strategy officer at the Goethe Head Office in Munich and finally as director of the Goethe-Institut Bucharest. Since September 2019, she has been the director of the Goethe-Institut in Budapest.