10 UP-AND-COMING FILMMAKERS
10 ESTABLISHED PRODUCERS
2 DAYS: TRAINING SESSION + PITCHES
The First Pitch activity, formerly known as the On-on-One for Up-and-Comers, is aimed at helping and training emerging Quebec filmmakers (with less than three years of experience) in crafting winning documentary-project pitches. The activity includes a training session with acclaimed producer Mila Aung-Thwin of EyeSteelFilm, and the opportunity to pitch documentary projects in one-on-one meetings with 10 successful producers.
Participating directors will be selected based on the quality of their application.
One-on-one pitch meetings with 10 producers.
Acquire knowledge and tools to thrive in the documentary industry.
Networking and discussion opportunities.
Ease entry into professional circles.
This year, we are also accepting proposals for documentary series in order to broaden the scope of the activity and open doors in the broadcasting world for new directors. Also, one position in the First Pitch activity will be reserved for a filmmaker from a remote area.
Participation fee in 2017
35.00$ - First Pitch only
150.00$ - First Pitch + Doc Circuit Montréal's professional market (including the One-on-One Pitches)
The two previous editions of First Pitch were resounding successes, helping filmmakers find producers who guided and advised them throughout their projects. Several of the proposals presented are now in development or production thanks to the pitch sessions and meetings, including:
SI CE FILM ÉTAIT TRADUIT EN CHINOIS, IL SIGNIFIERAIT TOUT AUTRE CHOSE
2017 - Participant : Corinne Beaumier
Talent Lab 2016 | First pitch 2017 | Pitch Cuban Hat 2017 | One-on-One 2017
Corinne Beaumier won Pitch Cuban Hat 1 2017 and is now finishing her project with Bob Moore from EyeSteelFilm, whom she met during the First Pitch.
They were selected for Vision du Réel Festival's pitch session Pitching du Réel 2018.
L’HIVER DES COASTERS
2016 - Participant: Stéphane Trottier
Producer: Tortuga Films
Winner of the Canal D development grant
SYRIAN EYES OF THE WORLD
2015 - Participants: Youssef Shoufan and Madonna Adib
Producer: Parabola Films
Status: In development
L’AMOUR POUR TOUS
2014 - Participant: Raphaëlle Mercier
Producer: Isabelle Couture
Broadcaster: AMI-TÉLÉ, June 5, 2016
2014 - Participant: Claudia Gama
Producer: MC2 Communication Média
Broadcasters: Documentary Channel, RDI
THE DEVIL’S TRAP
2013 - Participant: Mitchell Staffiej
Producer: Parabola Films
CONFIRMED PRODUCERS FOR 2017:
EyesSteelFilm – Mila Aung Thwin and Bob Moore
Catbird Productions - Isabelle Couture and Katarina Soukup
ONF/NFB – Nathalie Cloutier
Périphéria Productions – Leslie Dabit
MC2 – Jean-Simon Chartier
Les Productions Flow - Stéphanie Verrier
Intuitive Pictures - Ina Fichman
Kngfu - Ghassan Fayad
Pimiento - Raphaël Martin
Prospector Films - John Christou
IN THE DARK WITH CITÉ MÉMOIRE - Janice Zolf | SUR LA GAMME DES ÎLES - Jannie Potvin | THE WESTOXICATEDS - Gilda Pourjabar | RETOUR AUX SOURCES - Esteban-Orlando Fleurant P. | AKADYÈN - Mélisandre Gibbs | BRAVES - Anne Castelain | NOIR COMMENT? - Justice Rutikara | SI CE FILM ÉTAIT TRADUIT EN CHINOIS, IL SIGNIFIERAIT TOUT AUTRE CHOSE - Corinne Beaumier | LE PONT QUI MÈNE LÀ - Raoul Lebon Tonye | CARREFOUR - Sarah Baril-Gaudet | THE BIG SISSY PROJECT - Valérie Bah
Presented with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada in collaboration with the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ).