Last week marked the end of our very first Doc Week in association with Edinburgh International Film Festival! We were delighted with the fantastic range of projects from Scotland and round the world presented at the Edinburgh Pitch, Doc in Progress and Docs 360. A fantastic range of films from USA, China, Italy and the UK were workshopped and pitched during the first three days.
The new addition of the Doc in Progress screenings were very successful where Noe Mendelle (SDI) and Tue Steen Muller amongst others fed back on projects ranging from The Last Hunt (Ganesh Productions) about a traditional 'fox' hunt that still goes on in India to Minefield (Autonomi) about a thrill seeker who uses football to break down barriers in war torn countries. Definitely some films to look out for in the future. The days were peppered with masterclasses from Nicolas Philibert, producer Rachel Wexler (EIFF premiere Out of the Ashes) and director Amy Hardie (EIFF premiere Edge of Dreaming) and sessions with Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket producer Charlie Phillips, Charlotte Gry Madsen (DR Sales) and Peter Jager (Autlook Filmsales).
The weekend was rounded off with the launch of Docs 360 were we heard about some thoroughly inspiring cross platform case studies, including workshops on how to build marketing campaigns and business cases for your interactive project. One of the highlights was listening to Anna Higgs talk about SXSW hit The People V's George Lucas and how the film interacted with the online community long before the film was made. Keep an eye out for Docs 360 scheme which is cross-platform techniques to help you finance, market and distribute your film.
"Highly professional [projects] pitched in an unstressed and inspriring atmosphere." (Doris Hepp, Arte/ZDF)
Charlotte Gry Madsen DR Sales said: "definitely a couple of projects that I hope we can get involved with"
Simon Kilmurry (POV) said: "Doc Week 2010 was an incredibly rewarding experience The breadth of subject matter and approaches to documentary storytelling was inspiring."
"An intimate atmosphere. These things are always scary but worth it – you can meet commissioners that it could take months and many air miles to meet." (Jeanie Finlay, pitch participant, Orion)
We're already planning Doc Week 2011, so watch this space!