Pitching du Réel Terms & Conditions – Edition 2020

Pitching du Réel 

The Pitching du Réel is Visions du Réel’s international co-production forum for creative documentaries. 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 find financial support for 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 Pitching du Réel will take place during Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon (24 April –2 May 2020). It is open to selected projects’ holders, registered participants and invited professionals only. 

The first afternoon, 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 sessions and are experienced professionals.<s></s>

The teams of the 15 selected projects will then present their projects to tailored potential co-production and co-financing partners: TV commissioning editors, producers, distributors, funds, foundations, contemporary art curators, digital platforms, etc. The structure is articulated around three phases: each team will have a time slot of around 10 minutes, including the screening of visual material (preferably teaser or excerpts). In parallel to the public presentation there will be discussions of each project at round tables together with several potential partners. The decision makers may request an additional 15’ individual meeting with the project teams, organised on site by the Industry team.

Besides the arranged sessions, there will be many opportunities for informal meetings alongside the Pitching du Réel, during the coffee breaks, meals and evening receptions. The Pitching du Réel will end with a reception and an award ceremony on the last day. 

The selected projects will be published in the Industry catalogue. The Industry 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 Industry participants. 

A list of the invited decision makers and potential partners in attendance as well as the individual timetable for each participant will be available before the Festival. 

How to Apply?

Project submission is open to anyone.

For the details of the application please check the online form. Please fill it in English (you may add additional material like treatment, dossier, etc., in French or Spanish). The director’s note and visual concept as well as the producer’s note are essential elements in our decision. The global budget and financing plan are also expected.

For the selection we would also like to review:

- previous works by the director/s
- visual material of the project as result of the research (promo teaser, character studies, etc.)
Please, send us a protected link to review these visual materials online.

Participation Fee

Producers with a project to be pitched:

Application/registration is free of charge.

A participation fee of 388 CHF (VAT included) will be charged for each selected project including:

Travel, hotel and additional meals have to be covered by the project teams. We are glad to assist you on the logistics.

We will send an invoice to the selected project teams. The participation fee has to be transferred before 16 March 2020. 

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

Application deadline

For producers with a project: the online registration form must be completed and the visual material uploaded by the:

Deadline no. 1: 15 November 2019
Deadline no. 2: 15 December 2019

The first deadline will lead to the selection of a first group of projects. We encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready in order to have more chance of a selection.

The last selected projects will be notified in February 2020.

Visions du Réel requires the VdR logo 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 2020 of Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon”.

Contact & Information

Gudula Meinzolt, Co-Head of Industry, gmeinzolt@visionsdureel.ch, Tel.: +41 22 365 44 55

Application and participation in the Pitching du Réel implies acceptance of these regulations.

The organisers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations or processes at any time and without notification.

Nyon, 12.09.2019