Pitching du Réel Terms & Conditions – Edition 2017

Pitching du Réel

The Pitching du Réel at the Doc Outlook – International Market (DOCM) / Visions du Réel is one of the most renowned co-production forums for feature-length creative documentaries. It offers the participants the opportunity to discuss the content and form of their project and to find out whether the project stands a chance on the market and what market that would be. It encourages international co-productions and helps to finance outstanding documentary projects addressing an international audience. 

Selection criteria

We are looking for 15 individual, fresh and unique high-quality documentary projects, that combine artistic ambition with passion for the subject and commitment to the protagonists. We are interested in presenting projects within the great diversity of the cinéma du réel. The project should be intended as a creative feature-length documentary with theatrical potential with a director and producer attached.

The main criteria for selection are the creative and artistic quality of the project as well as the viability and the track record of the directors and/or producers. We are interested in projects by experienced as well as by new directors, who should have at least directed short films. The producer may have successfully worked in her/his national market and now want to work with European and international partners. Experience in international co-production is appreciated but not a pre-condition.


The Pitching du Réel will take place during the Visions du Réel Festival International du cinéma Nyon and the DOCM (21–29 April 2017), from Tuesday 25 April to Thursday 27 April 2017.

On Tuesday afternoon (2 pm – 6 pm), we expect the project teams to participate in a training workshop (monitoring and pitch preparation on a collective and individual basis). The tutors are the moderators of the pitching session and experienced professionals. In the evening, there will be a welcome reception, providing a great networking opportunity. 

On Wednesday 26 April, the whole day and Thursday 27 April until 4 pm, the teams of the 15 selected projects  will present their projects to highly qualified and carefully selected potential co-production and co-financing partners: TV commissioning editors, producers, distributors, funds, foundations, contemporary art curators etc. There is a three moment structure: Each team will have a time slot of 7 minutes, including the visual material (trailer, teaser). This public presentation will be followed by discussions (20 min.) of each project at five round tables together with about 10 potential partners and financiers – so, in total, the projects will be commented by at least 50 professionals approximately. The decision makers may request additional 15 min. individual meetings with the project teams, prearranged or organised at site by the DOCM team. There will be an exclusive Pitching du Réel reception on Wednesday evening.

Over the two days of Pitching du Reel those project teams who are not yet running or have already passed their round table presentation will have time to observe the discussion of the other projects. Besides the arranged meetings, there will be many opportunities for informal acknowledgements alongside the Pitching, during the coffee breaks, meals and evening receptions.

The Pitching du Réel will end with a reception on Thursday 27 April at 4 pm.

The selected projects will be published in the Pitching du Réel catalogue. The catalogue will be sent by e-mail to the potential partners registered for the event before the Festival. During the Festival, it will be available in printed form for the Pitching du Réel participants.

A list of the invited co-production/co-financing partners in attendance as well as the individual timetable for each participant will be available two weeks before the Festival. The producers send us a secured link to a previous work by the director which will be made accessible to the potential cooperation partners only.

How to Apply?

Projet submission is open to anyone but the attendance in the event is for registered participants and invited professionals only. 

For the requested details of the application please check the online form. Please fill it in English. Additional material as treatment, dossier etc., you may add in French, German, Italian, Spanish if you like. Describe the subject and how you want to tell the story. Who are the protagonists, what is your motivation, how will the film look like? We will pay special attention to the director’s note and visual concept as well as to the producer’s note. Don’t forget to send us the global budget and financing plan.

For the selection we would also like to view
- visual material of the project as result of the research (promo teaser, character studies etc.)
- previous works by the director/s
Please send us a protected link to view these visual materials online (preferable) or send us a DVD.

Participation Fee

Producers with a project to be pitched:

Application/registration is free of charge.

A participation fee of 360 CHF (plus VAT 8%) will be charged for each selected project including:

Travel, hotel and additional food has to be covered by the project teams. We are happy to assist you on the logistics.

We will send an invoice to the selected project teams. The participation fee has to be transferred before 20 March 2017. 

There will be a limited number of observer seats (100 CHF) for filmmakers and producers without (a selected) project. Please contact us directly.

Application deadline

For producers with a project: the online registration form must be completed and the visual material uploaded by the 15 December 2016. The selected projects will be notified in February 2017.

Visions du Réel / DOCM requires the VdR logo (sent on request) to be taken up in the credits of the film once finalized. The following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “(film title) has been presented at the Pitching du Réel 2017 of Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon”.

Contact & Information

Gudula Meinzolt, Head of Doc Outlook – International Market, [email protected], Tel.: +41 22 365 44 55

Participation in the Pitching du Réel implies acceptance of these regulations.

Nyon, 13.10.2016