Sep 22 2011

“European Short Pitch 2012” to take place in Luxembourg

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Filmreakter is proud to announce that the first part of the Nisi Masa European Short Pitch 2012 will take place in Luxembourg from January 2nd to 8th! The project is supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg, MEDIA, Maribor 2012 Capital of Culture and the Abbaye Neumünster.

European Short Pitch (ESP) is an initiative aimed at promoting the European coproduction of short films. It combines a scriptwriting workshop in residency, an on-line session and a coproduction forum bringing together scriptwriters and industry professionals from all over Europe.

The call for short film scripts has been launched! The deadline for submissions is the 10th October. The call is open to writers, directors and producers.

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About the European Short Pitch

Selected on the basis of their short film projects, 25 European talents gather to discuss, rewrite, and learn to promote their stories on a European level with the support of 5 tutors. They eventually pitch their projects in front of a panel of 35 producers, financers, buyers, and distributors.
European Short Pitch aims to bring young European talents into the spotlight, give them a high-end promotion opportunity, and develop short film coproduction in Europe. This initiative is about enhanced economic viability and European visibility for short film projects.
From the previous editions (2007-2011), around 100 projects were presented that have resulted so far in the making of 20 short films – many of them having a very successful international career.

Who can apply?

European Short Pitch is open to creative teams developing international short film projects. It is therefore open to writers, directors, and producers.
Writer-directors developing a project on their own are very welcome to participate in the programme. Yet it is strongly advised to already have nationally a production company interested or attached to the project, especially at the time of the coproduction forum (2nd – 4th March 2012).
The author(s) of the script has to be between 18 and 35 years of age on the closing date of the call for projects (10th October 2011).
His/her nationality or country of residence should be one of the member countries of the MEDIA Programme (European Union + Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). European Short Pitch will also select up to 3 projects from non-member countries of the MEDIA Programme where NISI MASA has a member organisation: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Applicants must confirm their availability for the different sessions. The working language of European Short Pitch is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.

Scriptwriting workshop, coproduction forum & on-line session

European Short Pitch is composed of a scriptwriting workshop in residency, a coproduction forum, and an on-line session in between.
The scriptwriting workshop in residency will take place from the 3rd to the 8th of January 2012 at the Neumünster Abbey (www.ccrn.lu) in Luxembourg City.
Participants will be in groups of five projects, with a tutor heading the process. For four days, they will work intensively on their projects, also giving feedback on other participants’ projects, alternating collective & group sessions, one-to-one sessions with the tutor, and a lecture on an initiation to pitching. One session with a guest producer will introduce participants to European short film coproduction.
The aim of this first session is to enhance the quality of the script and to prepare participants to promote their projects in an international context.
The on-line session (from 9th of January to 15th of February 2012) represents an opportunity for participants to rewrite their scripts following the scriptwriting workshop, and to get up to two feedbacks from their tutors. In parallel, participants will prepare materials for the Book of Projects, and suggest names of professionals they would like European Short Pitch to invite for the coproduction forum.
The aim of this second session is to have a final script ready for the coproduction forum.
On the 15th of February 2012 at the latest, participants have to submit their final script, so that it can be made available – along with the Book of Projects – to invited professionals two weeks prior to the coproduction forum.
The coproduction forum will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2012 in Maribor (Slovenia), in the framework of the European Capital of Culture.
Participants will have one day to prepare and rehearse their pitching with their tutors. The pitching, in the presence of invited professionals, will take place on the 3rd of March, in two sessions of two hours each, each project having 7 minutes – questions included. One-to-one meetings (25 minutes long) with professionals will start in the afternoon of the 3rd, and will continue the morning after.
On the evening of the 3rd an award ceremony will take place, with three prizes of 1 000 Euros each for the Best Pitchings (based on the votes of invited professionals).
The aim of this third session is to create a platform of promotion for the projects selected, to encourage encounters and collaborations between film professionals and to initiate short film coproductions.

Participation fees & scholarships

The participation fee for each project is 500 Euros. For Luxembourg participants FILMREAKTER will grand a scholarship to projects submitted without a production company.
The participation fee covers the tutorship costs, travel costs, accommodation and subsistence for one person for both on-location sessions. However, upon prior agreement, an extra person per project may be admitted – he/she will have to cover his/her own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

How to apply?

Before the application deadline (10th of October 2011, midnight C.E.T.), applicants have to send a zip file (named after the title of the project) to europeanshortpitch@nisimasa.com, containing:
– The completed application form;
– The script in English (there’s no word-count limitation – however European Short Pitch is
designed for short film projects of an estimated length inferior to 30 minutes);
– The script in the original language (many languages being read and understood by our
preselecting reading committee & jury, we may consider the original version as well);
– CVs of the people involved creatively in the project (author/writer, director & producer);
– A presentation of the production company attached (if applicable).
Applicants may present audiovisual works for consideration (either previous ones of the creative team or preparatory work made for the project presented). Only works available online will be considered (link to be provided in the application form).
NISI MASA recommends applicants use the short film platform ‘Daazo’ (www.daazo.com) to upload their works.
The scripts must be entirely original; borrowing, in any way whatsoever, of any pre-existing work protected by copyright or any other legal protection, or violating the rights of third parties is not permitted.

Selection process

The projects will be selected in two steps.
From the 10th to the 31st of October 2011, a preselecting reading committee composed of 20 readers (NISI MASA members, scriptwriters, producers, participants of previous European Short Pitch editions, etc.) will consider all the applications.
Each application will be processed by a minimum of two different readers. 40 projects will be preselected for the consideration of the jury.
From the 1st to 15th of November 2011, the jury will review the 40 projects preselected. The jury is composed of 9 people: Gaia Adducchio, Matthieu Darras, Selim Gungor, Jerneja Rebernak, Tereza Semotamova, Leonardo Stagliano, Maya Vitkova, Rich Warren & Edward Windus.

The jury will gather on the 16th of November 2011 in Bristol (UK), in parallel to the Bristol Encounters Film Festival, and will decide upon the projects selected for European Short Pitch 2012. The jury reserves the right to select less than 25 projects – depending on the quality and the international potential of the projects submitted.
Participants will be informed of their selection / non-selection on the 17th of November 2011, either via the NISI MASA website (www.nisimasa.com) or by email.

The tutors

The tutors are experienced and well-connected film professionals, and have all regularly been working for European Short Pitch for several years – among other activities.
There will be 5 tutors in charge of the script development and pitching trainings:
Fabienne Aguado (France) is manager of the Céci-Moulin d’Andé, a residency for scriptwriters, and a story-editor. Orsolya Benkö (Hungary) is a script consultant. Antoine Le Bos (France) is a scriptwriter, script consultant and artistic director of Le Groupe Ouest, a European centre for film creation. Savina Neirotti (Italy) is director of the Torino Film Lab. Razvan Radulescu (Romania) is a scriptwriter.
A guest producer (name to be confirmed) introducing participants to European short film coproduction will also be present during the first session.
Detailed biographies of the tutors are available on www.nisimasa.com

The invited professionals

35 film professionals will be invited for the coproduction forum, chosen for their experience of European short film coproduction and according to the profiles of the selected projects. In some specific cases, participants will be offered to propose names of professionals to invite. They will be mostly film producers (25 of them), the remaining 10 being either distributors/sales agents, financers (representatives of film funds), or buyers (TV commissioning editors).
In partnership with Maribor – European Capital of Culture, Slovenian film professionals will also be invited to attend the coproduction forum.
The list of professionals invited for the previous editions are available on www.nisimasa.com (cf. ‘Book of Producers’).

The organising team & NISI MASA

European Short Pitch is organised by NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema. Present in 26 countries, NISI MASA has been organising dozens of international film projects since 2001.
The 2012 edition of European Short Pitch will be managed by Matthieu Darras, founder and director of NISI MASA, while Wim Vanacker will be the coordinator of the project. Maartje Alders and Jude Lister will respectively be in charge of the visual identity and the communication of the project.
Whereas all NISI MASA member organisations are actively involved in the promotion of European Short Pitch, the Luxembourg-based organisation FilmReakter, under the monitoring of Govinda van Maele, will be directly involved in hosting the first session of European Short Pitch 2012 in Luxembourg.

Booklet on European Short Film Coproduction

For more information on European Short Film Coproduction, NISI MASA published in May 2011 a booklet on the issue available at: www.nisimasa.com/?q=node/409

Funders

MEDIA Programme of the European Union

Film Fund Luxembourg

Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture Partners

Bristol Encounters Film Festival
The Bristol Encounters Film Festival hosts the European Short Pitch jury meeting.

Cannes – Semaine de la Critique
Semaine de la Critique invites NISI MASA each year to screen its new productions – including European Short Pitch short films.

Cannes – Short Film Corner
The Short Film Corner provides a platform of promotion for European Short Pitch – including the launch of our coproduction booklet in May 2011.

Cineuropa
The cinema web portal Cineuropa.org is the media partner of European Short Pitch.

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market
European Short Pitch and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market team up to promote the coproduction of European short films.

Daazo
Daazo provides an online platform of promotion for European short films – including European Short Pitch films.

EAVE
EAVE offers some producer members of its network to attend the coproduction forum of European Short Pitch.

Torino Film Lab
Torino Film Lab shares with European Short Pitch content-based resources, such as working methods and/or film experts.

European Short Pitch 2012 – by NISI MASA
NISI MASA
99 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
75010 Paris – France
Phone: +33 960 396 338 europeanshortpitch@nisimasa.com / www.nisimasa.com

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Filmreakter is proud to announce that the first part of the Nisi Masa European Short Pitch 2012 will take place in Luxembourg from January 2nd to 8th! The project is supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg, MEDIA, Maribor 2012 Capital of Culture and the Abbaye Neumünster.

European Short Pitch (ESP) is an initiative aimed at promoting the European coproduction of short films. It combines a scriptwriting workshop in residency, an on-line session and a coproduction forum bringing together scriptwriters and industry professionals from all over Europe.

The call for short film scripts has been launched! The deadline for submissions is the 10th October. The call is open to writers, directors and producers.

esp 2012 nm

About the European Short Pitch

Selected on the basis of their short film projects, 25 European talents gather to discuss, rewrite, and learn to promote their stories on a European level with the support of 5 tutors. They eventually pitch their projects in front of a panel of 35 producers, financers, buyers, and distributors.
European Short Pitch aims to bring young European talents into the spotlight, give them a high-end promotion opportunity, and develop short film coproduction in Europe. This initiative is about enhanced economic viability and European visibility for short film projects.
From the previous editions (2007-2011), around 100 projects were presented that have resulted so far in the making of 20 short films – many of them having a very successful international career.

Who can apply?

European Short Pitch is open to creative teams developing international short film projects. It is therefore open to writers, directors, and producers.
Writer-directors developing a project on their own are very welcome to participate in the programme. Yet it is strongly advised to already have nationally a production company interested or attached to the project, especially at the time of the coproduction forum (2nd – 4th March 2012).
The author(s) of the script has to be between 18 and 35 years of age on the closing date of the call for projects (10th October 2011).
His/her nationality or country of residence should be one of the member countries of the MEDIA Programme (European Union + Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). European Short Pitch will also select up to 3 projects from non-member countries of the MEDIA Programme where NISI MASA has a member organisation: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Applicants must confirm their availability for the different sessions. The working language of European Short Pitch is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.

Scriptwriting workshop, coproduction forum & on-line session

European Short Pitch is composed of a scriptwriting workshop in residency, a coproduction forum, and an on-line session in between.
The scriptwriting workshop in residency will take place from the 3rd to the 8th of January 2012 at the Neumünster Abbey (www.ccrn.lu) in Luxembourg City.
Participants will be in groups of five projects, with a tutor heading the process. For four days, they will work intensively on their projects, also giving feedback on other participants’ projects, alternating collective & group sessions, one-to-one sessions with the tutor, and a lecture on an initiation to pitching. One session with a guest producer will introduce participants to European short film coproduction.
The aim of this first session is to enhance the quality of the script and to prepare participants to promote their projects in an international context.
The on-line session (from 9th of January to 15th of February 2012) represents an opportunity for participants to rewrite their scripts following the scriptwriting workshop, and to get up to two feedbacks from their tutors. In parallel, participants will prepare materials for the Book of Projects, and suggest names of professionals they would like European Short Pitch to invite for the coproduction forum.
The aim of this second session is to have a final script ready for the coproduction forum.
On the 15th of February 2012 at the latest, participants have to submit their final script, so that it can be made available – along with the Book of Projects – to invited professionals two weeks prior to the coproduction forum.
The coproduction forum will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2012 in Maribor (Slovenia), in the framework of the European Capital of Culture.
Participants will have one day to prepare and rehearse their pitching with their tutors. The pitching, in the presence of invited professionals, will take place on the 3rd of March, in two sessions of two hours each, each project having 7 minutes – questions included. One-to-one meetings (25 minutes long) with professionals will start in the afternoon of the 3rd, and will continue the morning after.
On the evening of the 3rd an award ceremony will take place, with three prizes of 1 000 Euros each for the Best Pitchings (based on the votes of invited professionals).
The aim of this third session is to create a platform of promotion for the projects selected, to encourage encounters and collaborations between film professionals and to initiate short film coproductions.

Participation fees & scholarships

The participation fee for each project is 500 Euros. For Luxembourg participants FILMREAKTER will grand a scholarship to projects submitted without a production company.
The participation fee covers the tutorship costs, travel costs, accommodation and subsistence for one person for both on-location sessions. However, upon prior agreement, an extra person per project may be admitted – he/she will have to cover his/her own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

How to apply?

Before the application deadline (10th of October 2011, midnight C.E.T.), applicants have to send a zip file (named after the title of the project) to europeanshortpitch@nisimasa.com, containing:
– The completed application form;
– The script in English (there’s no word-count limitation – however European Short Pitch is
designed for short film projects of an estimated length inferior to 30 minutes);
– The script in the original language (many languages being read and understood by our
preselecting reading committee & jury, we may consider the original version as well);
– CVs of the people involved creatively in the project (author/writer, director & producer);
– A presentation of the production company attached (if applicable).
Applicants may present audiovisual works for consideration (either previous ones of the creative team or preparatory work made for the project presented). Only works available online will be considered (link to be provided in the application form).
NISI MASA recommends applicants use the short film platform ‘Daazo’ (www.daazo.com) to upload their works.
The scripts must be entirely original; borrowing, in any way whatsoever, of any pre-existing work protected by copyright or any other legal protection, or violating the rights of third parties is not permitted.

Selection process

The projects will be selected in two steps.
From the 10th to the 31st of October 2011, a preselecting reading committee composed of 20 readers (NISI MASA members, scriptwriters, producers, participants of previous European Short Pitch editions, etc.) will consider all the applications.
Each application will be processed by a minimum of two different readers. 40 projects will be preselected for the consideration of the jury.
From the 1st to 15th of November 2011, the jury will review the 40 projects preselected. The jury is composed of 9 people: Gaia Adducchio, Matthieu Darras, Selim Gungor, Jerneja Rebernak, Tereza Semotamova, Leonardo Stagliano, Maya Vitkova, Rich Warren & Edward Windus.

The jury will gather on the 16th of November 2011 in Bristol (UK), in parallel to the Bristol Encounters Film Festival, and will decide upon the projects selected for European Short Pitch 2012. The jury reserves the right to select less than 25 projects – depending on the quality and the international potential of the projects submitted.
Participants will be informed of their selection / non-selection on the 17th of November 2011, either via the NISI MASA website (www.nisimasa.com) or by email.

The tutors

The tutors are experienced and well-connected film professionals, and have all regularly been working for European Short Pitch for several years – among other activities.
There will be 5 tutors in charge of the script development and pitching trainings:
Fabienne Aguado (France) is manager of the Céci-Moulin d’Andé, a residency for scriptwriters, and a story-editor. Orsolya Benkö (Hungary) is a script consultant. Antoine Le Bos (France) is a scriptwriter, script consultant and artistic director of Le Groupe Ouest, a European centre for film creation. Savina Neirotti (Italy) is director of the Torino Film Lab. Razvan Radulescu (Romania) is a scriptwriter.
A guest producer (name to be confirmed) introducing participants to European short film coproduction will also be present during the first session.
Detailed biographies of the tutors are available on www.nisimasa.com

The invited professionals

35 film professionals will be invited for the coproduction forum, chosen for their experience of European short film coproduction and according to the profiles of the selected projects. In some specific cases, participants will be offered to propose names of professionals to invite. They will be mostly film producers (25 of them), the remaining 10 being either distributors/sales agents, financers (representatives of film funds), or buyers (TV commissioning editors).
In partnership with Maribor – European Capital of Culture, Slovenian film professionals will also be invited to attend the coproduction forum.
The list of professionals invited for the previous editions are available on www.nisimasa.com (cf. ‘Book of Producers’).

The organising team & NISI MASA

European Short Pitch is organised by NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema. Present in 26 countries, NISI MASA has been organising dozens of international film projects since 2001.
The 2012 edition of European Short Pitch will be managed by Matthieu Darras, founder and director of NISI MASA, while Wim Vanacker will be the coordinator of the project. Maartje Alders and Jude Lister will respectively be in charge of the visual identity and the communication of the project.
Whereas all NISI MASA member organisations are actively involved in the promotion of European Short Pitch, the Luxembourg-based organisation FilmReakter, under the monitoring of Govinda van Maele, will be directly involved in hosting the first session of European Short Pitch 2012 in Luxembourg.

Booklet on European Short Film Coproduction

For more information on European Short Film Coproduction, NISI MASA published in May 2011 a booklet on the issue available at: www.nisimasa.com/?q=node/409

Funders

MEDIA Programme of the European Union

Film Fund Luxembourg

Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture Partners

Bristol Encounters Film Festival
The Bristol Encounters Film Festival hosts the European Short Pitch jury meeting.

Cannes – Semaine de la Critique
Semaine de la Critique invites NISI MASA each year to screen its new productions – including European Short Pitch short films.

Cannes – Short Film Corner
The Short Film Corner provides a platform of promotion for European Short Pitch – including the launch of our coproduction booklet in May 2011.

Cineuropa
The cinema web portal Cineuropa.org is the media partner of European Short Pitch.

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market
European Short Pitch and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market team up to promote the coproduction of European short films.

Daazo
Daazo provides an online platform of promotion for European short films – including European Short Pitch films.

EAVE
EAVE offers some producer members of its network to attend the coproduction forum of European Short Pitch.

Torino Film Lab
Torino Film Lab shares with European Short Pitch content-based resources, such as working methods and/or film experts.

European Short Pitch 2012 – by NISI MASA
NISI MASA
99 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
75010 Paris – France
Phone: +33 960 396 338 europeanshortpitch@nisimasa.com / www.nisimasa.com

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