European Short Pitch co-production forum, Luxembourg
26 March 2013
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Luxembourg for the first time, to attend this year’s edition of the European Short Pitch co-production forum. Hosted in partnership with Discovery Zone, The Luxembourg City Film Festival, the programme is run by NISI MASA. by Emily Kyriakides
One of 30 industry guests from across Europe, I was invited to take part as a voting member at the European Short Pitch. This excellent script development initiative is run by NISI MASA, a European network spanning 26 countries, which aims to discover and nurture new and emerging film talent, and create a collaborative platform for European filmmakers. Encounters film festival is a UK member of the network.
During the event we were introduced to 25 short film projects spanning a range of genres, presented by filmmakers from countries including UK, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Finland, Kosovo and Germany. This was followed by a series of one-to-one meetings with the filmmakers to discuss relevant funding and production opportunities, we attended a drinks reception at which the three winning projects were awarded €1000 each.
Aimed at emerging filmmakers, the European Short Pitch is an excellent opportunity for writers, directors and producers to make useful contacts and to explore the possibility of accessing funding outside of their own country. I first attended last year when it was held in Maribor, Slovenia, then the European City of Culture. As well as presenting an invaluable networking opportunity, the scheme is also a chance to learn more about other national film industries, and to get a better sense of film culture more broadly in Europe.
The connections I made in Slovenia led to a series of trips to Eastern Europe last year, where I was invited to talk about the work Lighthouse does, and to give a UK perspective on short film production. This included Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi, Russia’s largest national film festival, and Kratkofil International Film Festival, held in beautiful Banja Luka, Bosnia.
For more information about the European Short Pitch, and to find out about other projects and schemes run by NISI MASA see here
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