Pitching Process Seeking to Discover Next Hit Documentary

The Edinburgh-based event that helped propel a documentary onto the world stage takes place later this month.

You’ve Been Trumped – which tells the story of American tycoon, Donald Trump’s efforts to build a luxury golf course on environmentally-sensitive Scottish land – premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs festival in Toronto, Canada; but prior to that, it started out as an entrant in the Edinburgh Pitch.

This annual event, an initiative of the Scottish Documentary Institute, sees independent filmmakers and companies, who are looking to develop feature documentaries, come together to pitch their projects in front of an international panel of commissioning editors, sales agents and producers.

Although there is no physical prize on offer, the hope for the filmmakers is that the profile of their projects will be raised through participating.

Flore Cosquer, project coordinator for the Scottish Documentary Institute, told allmediascotland.com: “We’re really looking for creative projects with international potential.

“You’ve Been Trumped was shown and it’s having a really good life.

“Anyone can enter, as long as they have a feature project.”

Observer passes can be purchased from the Edinburgh Pitch’s website, with standard passes available for £20 plus VAT and a reduced price of £10 plus VAT for students.

In addition to attending the Pitch, passholders will also have the opportunity to go to Docs in Progress, where entrants will get the chance to show a 20-minute excerpt of their rough cut documentaries, before getting feedback from professionals and observers focusing on creative decision making and editing.

The Edinburgh Pitch takes place a week on Tuesday from 9:30 to 17:00 at the Teviot on Bristo Square, Edinburgh, while Docs in Progress takes place over the following two days; from 14:30 to 16:30 on the first day and 10:00 to 12:00 on the second.

The deadline for applicants wishing to enter the Edinburgh Pitch expires on Wednesday.