Nisi Masa – the european Network of Young Cinema organises annually the european Short pitch, bringing together 25 young european talents to rewrite, discuss and pitch their short film projects.

The European Short Pitch is an initiative aimed at promoting the European coproduction of short films. It combines a scriptwriting workshop in residency, an online session and a coproduction forum bringing together scriptwriters and industry professionals from all over Europe.

Selected on the basis of their short film projects, 25 European talents gather to discuss, rewrite, and learn to promote their stories on a European level with the support of 5 tutors. They eventually pitch their projects in front of a panel of 35 producers, financers, buyers, and distributors.

The European Short Pitch aims to bring young European talents into the spotlight, to give them a high-end promotion opportunity, and to develop short film co-production in Europe.

This initiative is about enhanced economic viability and European visibility for short film projects. From the previous editions (2007-2011), around 100 projects were presented that have resulted so far in the making of 20 short films – many of them having a very successful international career.

Illustration by Cristina Grosan

The Programme

During the scriptwriting workshop in residency (2012 edition: 3rd – 8th January in Luxembourg City), participants are divided into groups, with a tutor heading the process. For four days, they work intensively on their projects, also giving feedback for other participants, alternating collective & group sessions, one-to-one sessions with the tutor and a lecture on an initiation to pitching. This first session enhances the quality of the script and prepares participants to promote their projects in an international context.

Then over a period of one month, an online session represents an opportunity to rewrite the scripts following the workshop, and get feedbacks from the tutors. Participants submit their final script, which is made available – along with the Book of Projects – to invited professionals two weeks prior to the coproduction forum.

Within the coproduction forum (2012 edition: 2nd – 4th March in Maribor, Slovenia – European Capital of Culture), participants first have one day to prepare and rehearse their pitching with their tutors. For the pitching in the presence of invited professionals, each project has 7 minutes – questions included. Following this, there are one-to-one meetings. As of this year, an annual award ceremony will also take place, with three prizes of 1 000 Euros each for the Best Pitchings. This third session creates a platform of promotion for the projects selected, to encourage encounters and collaborations between film professionals and to initiate short film coproductions.

For more information on European Short Film Coproduction, read our booklet available at: www.nisimasa.com/?q=node/409

The Call for Projects for the 2013 edition of European Short Pitch will be launched during the summer of 2012.

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About NISI MASA

NISI MASA is a European network of associations, currently present in 26 countries. These associations consist of young professionals, students and enthusiasts with a common cause – European cinema.

Our main aims:
– to discover new film talents – to develop cross-cultural audiovisual projects
– to foster European awareness through cinema
– to create a platform of discussion and collaboration for young European filmmakers

Our main activities:
– organising filmmaking & scriptwriting workshops, conferences & seminars on cinema
– promoting short films via screenings & DVDs
– editing books & festival magazines

NISI MASA European Office
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