Pitch Your Project at Aesthetica Film Festival

Deadline: Friday 15 October 2021

Developing a feature project? Looking for advice and pointers on developing your big idea? Pitching Sessions are a chance to get your project in front of key decision makers from the UK’s leading production companies. This year, we offered filmmakers the opportunity to meet one-to-one with Development Executives from the likes of Film4, Goldfinch First Flights, BBC Films, Guardian Documentaries and Doc Society.

Pitching Sessions are a key opportunity to receive invaluable feedback on your work and learn how to develop your voice. Successful applicants were invited to a 15-minute, 1-on-1, Pitching Session with a representative from one of our guest organisations.

Pitching Organisations

Guardian Documentaries

With Charlie Phillips
NCEM | Tuesday 2 November

Guardian Documentaries is a home for independent filmmaking talent, commissioning and supporting creatives to tell the untold stories of real people from all over the world. Projects include Ed Perkins’ Oscar-Nominated Black Sheep and Roxy Rezvany’s Little Pyongyang. The commission looks for filmmakers with bold, daring and innovative ideas for access driven stories.

Fully Booked

BBC Film

With Sammy Wong & Dionne Farrell
NCEM | Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 November

BBC Film is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing feature-length productions. Committed to developing new talent, it collaborates with the foremost writers and directors, with new releases including Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir. BBC Film was awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Fully Booked

Goldfinch First Flights

Narrative Shorts
With Nick Sadler
Hilton | Wednesday 3 – Thursday 4 November

First Flights is an incubator for first time feature film directors and producers, supporting individuals to create financially successful films and launch their international profiles. The First Flights team is adept at spotting emerging creative talent, working with individuals to produce first features. Goldfinch has worked with Gary Oldman, Anjelica Houston, Bill Nighy & Sam Riley.

Fully Booked


With Max Park
Hilton | Thursday 4 November

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, developing and co-financing projects from distinctive talents in UK and international filmmaking. Academy Award-winners include Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. Recent releases include Andrea Arnold’s American Honey.

Fully Booked

The Talent Decade

VR & 360 Projects
With Sheffield Hallam University
NCEM | Thursday 4 November

The Talent Decade is a joint pitching opportunity devised between Sheffield Hallam University and Aesthetica Short Film Festival and is launching for the first time at this year’s 2021 festival! This initiative will involve young people (16-25) who are eligible to apply for a grant of £500 towards a VR project. There will be live pitch sessions that will take place in order to choose the best project.

Fully Booked

Scottish Documentary Institute

Documentary Features
With Noé Mendelle, Scottish Documentary Institute
NCEM | Friday 5 November

Scottish Documentary Institute specialises in documentary training, production and distribution, supporting filmmakers through its diverse programme of high quality training. It has produced over 100 films, screening in 60 countries, garnering recognition as being at the cutting edge of the documentary sector. Bridging art and industry, it is committed to film driven by emotion.

Fully Booked


Scripted Television Drama
With Jessica Loveland
NCEM | Friday 5 November

Jessica Loveland is Head of New Writing at BBC, overseeing all talent writing initiatives. As an experienced development executive and project manager, she has an interest in finding and nurturing exciting new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Loveland has great deal of experience working with writers, developing short and feature projects and delivering training.

Fully Booked


Narrative Feature
With Anna Hintzen, Studiocanal
NCEM | Friday 5 – Saturday 6 November

STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Upcoming films include Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, and A Boy called Christmas

Fully Booked

Doc Society

With Hannah Bailey, Doc Society
Hilton | Friday 5 November

The BFI Doc Society Fund works to support and develop UK storytellers, backing feature and short creative documentaries with bold cultural and social ambitions. Founded in 2005, it is committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Hannah Bush Bailey works across the funds feature slate and Made of Truth Short Scheme.

Fully Booked

Ffilm Cymru Wales

With Jude Lister
Virtual | Saturday 6 November

Ffilm Cymru Wales is the development agency for Welsh film, dedicated to advancing and sustaining a strong film industry for Wales. It does this by providing funding and training to emerging and established Welsh filmmakers, offering exciting cinematic experiences to audiences across Wales, engaging people of all ages and abilities in creative learning and developing new skills and careers.

Fully Booked

Submit Your Pitch

Applications are now closed.