This year for the first time, ASFF introduces Pitching Sessions, an invaluable opportunity for filmmakers to gain insight and advice from leading distributors and organisations that represent emerging talent today. Whether you’re developing a punchy idea for a short film, have found the perfect subject for a documentary or have a feature script that needs a professional eye cast over it, these sessions will provide the space in which to take your project to the next level.
For short films, BFI Network will be offering knowledge and tips from years of developing relationships with excellent new writers, directors and producers. A nationwide programme that have sought out and nurtured filmmakers from their early stages, BFI Network will be the sounding board for your short form ideas, and advise on how to take your treatment into development and beyond.
Documentary filmmaking has never been so exciting; lines between fact and fiction have become blurred, stories bolder and visions brighter. Put your project to three established, esteemed names in British factual filmmaking; Dogwoof, who have been at the forefront of domestic doc sales for years and backed award-winning films such as The Act Of Killing and Citizenfour, Docsociety, a non-profit organisation who use their vast network to connect documentaries with audiences, and Scottish Documentary Institute, whose nationwide initiative has international reach.
A new wave of British narrative films have stirred up a great deal of attention over the last few years, from Lady Macbeth to God’s Own Country to Paddington 2, and the companies present at this year’s Pitching Sessions have collectively been responsible for all of them. Altitude Films have distributed a wealth of exciting titles in the UK, including Moonlight, The Florida Project and Amy, and have an ever-keen eye for independent films with big potential to take to the screens. Curzon Artificial Eye have also enjoyed an incredibly busy few years, releasing international features such as 120BPM and The Guardians as well as homegrown triumphs like Apostasy and Lean On Pete to critical and award-winning success. Studiocanal back innovative and inspiring new projects from initial development to production and beyond (think Attack The Block, How To Talk To Parties and Idris Elba’s latest feature Yardie) and will be joining the event along with BBC and BFI partnership scheme iFeatures, which specialises in strengthening onscreen identity across the English regions.
To qualify for the Pitching Sessions you must have at least two film credits and a completed first draft of your script or treatment. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2018, with an entry fee of £24.00. Pitching sessions take place between 8-9 November.
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1. Still from Moonlight. Courtesy of BFI.
2. Still from Notes on Blindness. Courtesy of Docsociety.
3. Still from Rhonna and Donna. Courtesy of iFeatures.