Pitching du Réel

The Pitching du Réel is Visions du Réel’s international co-production forum for creative documentaries intended for theatrical distribution and TV broadcasting. It offers the participants the opportunity to discuss the content and form of their project and to find out which contexts and markets might be the most relevant for it. It encourages international co-productions and helps to finance outstanding film projects addressing an international audience. 

Selection criteria
We are looking for about 15 singular and original projects that combine artistic ambition and high visual quality. We are interested in presenting a wide spectrum of practices and approaches.

The main criteria for selection are the artistic quality of the project, its international potential, as well as its financial feasibility and the track record of the directors and/or producers. We are interested in projects by established as well as by emerging directors, who should have at least directed a short film. 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 projects will be reviewed by a selection committee.

2019 Awards

Come and discover our 2019 Industry Awards here.


To see the detail of Pitching du Réel projects selected during previous editions, take a look at our archives >

Submit a project >

Project submissions for Pitching du Réel 2020 is now open!

All projects sent for preselection must be submitted through the online entry form on My VdR.

Terms and Conditions 2020 >

Submission deadlines

Last deadline: 15 December 2019



Gudula Meinzolt

Co-Head of Industry
+41 22 365 44 53

Violeta Bava

Co-Head of Industry
+54 11 6277 2949