Pitching du Réel Terms & Conditions – Edition 2019

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 Pitching du Réel will take place during Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon (5–13 April 2019), from Wednesday 10 April to Friday 12 April 2019. 

On Wednesday 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 sessions and experienced professionals. In the evening, there will be a welcome reception, providing a networking opportunity.  

On Thursday 11 April, the whole day and Friday 12 April until 5 pm, the teams of the 15 selected projects will present their projects to tailored potential co-production and co-financing partners: TV commissioning editors, producers, distributors, funds, foundations, contemporary art curators etc. The structure is articulated around three phases: each team will have a time slot of 10 minutes, including the visual material (preferably teaser or excerpts). This public presentation will be followed by discussions (20 min.) of each project at five round tables together with several potential partners. The decision makers may request an additional 15 min. individual meeting with the project teams, organised on site by the Industry team. There will be an exclusive Pitching du Réel reception on Thursday evening. 

Over the two days of Pitching du Réel those project teams who are not yet running or have already passed their round table presentation will have time to make individual meetings with experts and decision makers in the Open Space. 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 and an award ceremony on Friday 12 April at 5 pm. 

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 two weeks before the Festival. 

How to Apply?

Projet submission is open to anyone but the attendance in the event is for selected projects’ holders, registered participants and invited professionals only. 

For the requested 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, German, Italian, 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 view these visual materials online.

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 meals have 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 05 March 2019. 

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:

Deadline no. 1: 15 October 2018
Deadline no. 2: 14 December 2018

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 2019.

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 2019 of Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon”.

Contact & Information

Gudula Meinzolt, Head of Industry, [email protected], 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, 27.08.2018