Baltic Pitching Forum
The Baltic Pitching Forum is a unique short film industry event dedicated to bringing the latest short film projects from the Baltics into the spotlight. The main goal of the Forum is to facilitate interaction, cooperation, and co-production between short filmmakers from the Baltics and the rest of Europe.
The Baltic Pitching Forum consists of an online script consultation and a four-day training and pitching event. Individual consultations with an experienced scriptwriting expert will take place the first weeks of September and the Forum event – on 10–13 October 2023 in Vilnius. The Forum will be held on-site with pitching sessions streamed virtually.
During the Forum, filmmakers gather to network, get feedback and learn to promote their newest short film projects on the international level. Selected projects are evaluated by the BPF Panel – film industry professionals from the fields of festivals, TV, distribution, production and film commissioning, and Baltic Producers Jury.
More information: www.bpf.lt
Eligible participants – Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Guest country film directors and/or producers who have finished at least one short film project and are now developing a new project which is fiction/animation short film up to 30 minutes and aimed for an international audience.
12 short film projects (3 from each country) are selected to participate at the Baltic Pitching Forum.
The BPF Panel will award two Short Film Projects* with participant rights at the following events:
European Short Film Co-production Forum EURO CONNECTION which is a part of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market (co-funded by Europe Creative MEDIA Programme). The producer and director of the winner-project will be invited to attend EURO CONNECTION in February 2024 in order to pitch their project to a new international audience of industry professionals again.
Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM) and its new initiative YOU ONLY PITCH TWICE. It is a pitch session for short film projects that have been previously presented at another pitching event prior to TSFM vol. 8. The director or the producer of the winner-project will be invited to attend TSFM vol. 8 in November 2023 in order to pitch their project to a new audience of industry professionals.
Baltic Producers Jury, consisting of three experienced producers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will select the Best Short Film Project and award it with a Baltic Producers MEDIA Award – 1000 EUR cash prize.
The Baltic Pitching Forum is organised by Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts” in partnership with Riga International Film Festival, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, PÖFF Shorts (Tallinn International Film Festival Black Nights). “Lithuanian Shorts” is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture. Sponsors of the event: Lithuanian Film Centre, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, Audiovisual Works Copyright Association “AVAKA”, Vilnius City Municipality. Partners – Creative Europe Desk MEDIA Offices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Vilnius Film Office.
More information here.