Master’s Pitch

Through the Lockdown Looking Glass: Visions of new Documentary Horizons

Already Pre-Pandemic, with digital platforms and new financial opportunities on the rise, conventional financing strategies were being challenged – and thus distribution strategies as well. When the world came to a standstill, the necessity of radical readjustment and creative reinvention of how we work individually and as a global community could no longer be ignored. It was the nick of time to get out of our respective Rabbit Holes.

What have we learned, what kind of perspective have we gained, not just from readjusting and reinventing, but also from standing still and having a moment to take stock of what is important and what maybe not? Are we maybe now better equipped to navigate the entangled landscape of platforms, rights and audiences without leaving our values, visions and voices behind?

No filmmaker is an island, no distributor, exhibitor or spectator either – especially amidst these seismic shifts, reasserting ourselves and our ways of working together is more important than ever to ensure the height, depth & breadth of the documentary art form in a Post-Pandemic world.

In the unique, interactive setting of the Masters’ Pitch, 9 new documentary projects heading into this transitioning market, will be presented to international commissioners and experts. Feedback is also sought from the audience, including producers, directors, distributors and representatives of major broadcasters. Our jury members will be in the spotlight as well to share their visions of the future potentials – and pitfalls – of this New Normal.

The event will be moderated by renowned documentary consultant Karolina Lidin (Nordisk Film & TV Fund).



13:20-13:30 KICK-OFF KEYNOTE by Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA, US

13:32-14:20 PITCHING BLOCK 1 (Pitch: 5min / Feedback: 10min)

13:32-13:47 Pitch 1 & Feedback: DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO, Germany/Lebanon
Pitching Team: Cyril Aris & Katharina Weser

13:49-14:04 Pitch 2 & Feedback: HAYFLICK LIMIT, Belgium
Pitching Team: Thomas Licata & Florence Saâdi

14:03-14:19 Pitch 3 & Feedback: BROTHERHOOD, Switzerland
Pitch Team: Hanka Maciag & Esther van Messel

14:20-14:30 IMPULSE TALK with Q&A by Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville, UK

14:30-15:00 Coffee Break (Spatial Chat)

15:00-15:50 PITCHING BLOCK 2 (Pitch: 5min / Feedback: 10min)

15:00-15:15 Pitch 4 & Feedback: SCHOOL FOR PEACE, Germany/Israel
Pitch Team: Guy Wasserman, Nir Dvortchin & Moritz Bundschuh

15:17-15:32 Pitch 5 & Feedback: A PICTURE TO REMEMBER, Ukraine
Pitch Team: Olga Chernykh & Regina Maryanovska Davidzon

15:34-15:49 Pitch 6 & Feedback: SILVER’S UPRISING, Israel
Pitch Team: Dan Shadur & Ido Mizrahy

15:50-16:00 IMPULSE TALK with Q&A to be announced shortly

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break (Spatial Chat)

16:30-17:20 PITCHING BLOCK 3 (Pitch: 5min / Feedback: 10min)

16:30-16:45 Pitch 7 & Feedback: BIG OIL VS. THE LAW, Germany
Pitch Team: Mette Reitzel & Nadja Smith

16:47-17:02 Pitch 8 & Feedback: THE ULTIMATE JOKER, Poland
Pitch Team: Krzysztof Dzięciołowski & Agata Jujeczka

17:04-17:19 Pitch 9 & Feedback: BAM, BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY, Canada
Pitch Team: Ngardy Conteh George & Alison Duke

17:20-17:30 IMPULSE TALK with Q&A by Estelle de Araujo, The Party Film Sales, France

17:30-17:45 Closing Words Karolina Lidin & Thank yous

17:45-18:15 Virutal After-Pitch Cocktail (Spatial Chat)

We reserve the right to make changes to the program.

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May 7, 2021
DC Initiative
Masterschool 2021
In Virtual Munich, Germany