Call for Projects: The Experimenta Pitch 2015

Posted: 24th August 2015

The Experimenta Pitch is a new initiative to support visual artists wanting to develop ambitious moving image projects; it is presented as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

The two day programme introduces artists to the methodologies of film production development, specifically the structures of film co-production / financing markets and development labs, as well as looking at how to pitch film projects effectively to potential partners and financiers in these environments.

The Experimenta Pitch will begin with a training day introducing participants to film development through co-production and financing markets. The training day will explore and discuss a range of topics including: how co-production markets work; what markets are looking for when they select projects; how to navigate these events effectively; how to best prepare yourself and your project; what potential funders and partners are looking for in projects; and what are the potential differences between artists’ and more traditional film projects. Participants will learn about how to prepare and make an effective pitch for a film project. During the day they will have an opportunity to make a short pitch for their project and discuss and get feedback from the course convenors and other participants. On the second day the participants will have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of a small invited audience and get feedback from an expert panel. The panel will then award a new Experimenta Development Award of £5000 to the most promising project. 

The Experimenta Pitch will be limited to 10 projects (each project can have up to two representatives attending the programme - for example artist and producer, collaborating artists, or artist and curator)

To apply you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a visual artist currently based in the UK
  • No longer in full-time education
  • At least 5 years' experience of making and exhibiting moving image work in the visual arts context

Application process: To apply send one PDF document including your name and address, a short treatment, an artist statement and an outline budget for the film project you wish to pitch, along with a short biography of the lead artist and other project collaborators. The document should not be more that 5 pages in total. The organisers are looking for a range of interesting projects and approaches. Selections will be made on the basis of the quality of the proposal, the experience of the applicant, and the potential of the project for success within film co-production markets.  As this is also a training programme it is expected that submitted projects will be in an early stage of development and that applicants may not have had experience of this context before.

Deadline for applications: 7th September 2015.

Dates: You must be available to participate for 2 days on the 12th and 13th October at BFI Southbank in London.

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