At the 13th edition of the Festival One World Romania, we continue to support and promote valuable documentary film projects as we have done every year, through the CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH program.
The One World Romania Association invites any organization or individual involved in the defense of human rights, as well as filmmakers, be they aspiring or experienced, from Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria and Hungary to apply to the CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH workshop. The workshop will be presided by internationally-renowned tutors and will be held between the 20th and the 22nd of March 2020 in Bucharest, during the 13th edition of the festival (20-29 March 2020).
CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH is a unique initiative at local level, which aims to bring in contact on the one hand filmmakers willing to expose a facet of the East-European social, economic or political situation through art and on the other activists immersed in this same reality. The goal of our program is to join these different experiences and sensibilities in view of long-term collaborations.
For the first time in Romania, the integral edition of the CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH international program, with its five phases, will be held during a full year: pitching session, match-making and acceleration phase (March 2020), research and development (April-October 2020), follow-up workshop (November 2020), development and production (December 2020-February 2021), public pitching session and development award (March 2021).
Maximum 15 NGOs and 20 filmmakers from the four aforementioned European countries at the most will be selected for the first workshop in March 2020, so as to have at least five solid teams who have worked together during the past year at the final pitching session in March 2021. The 4000 euro prize for development will be awarded to one of the filmmakers, in order to support the production of the project that was developed with the help of the partner NGO.
51 filmmakers and 36 NGOs participated to the last three editions; the award of the last edition was won by Laurențiu Garofeanu with his project Lost and Found: the story of a young Roma woman who was adopted shortly after birth by a Canadian couple and who, after more than 20 years, comes back to Romania in search of her biological family.
Deadline for applying: 13th of February 2020
The tutors of the March 2020 workshop are:
Andy Glynne - a triple-BAFTA award-winning filmmaker, a producer, and an author. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, he went on to create the UK’s national documentary organisation, DFG - The Documentary Filmmakers Group - and now runs Mosaic Films, a multi-award winning production company. Andy is also the former Chairman of the European Documentary Network, a trainer on many documentary and production courses both in the UK and overseas, and a consultant to numerous organisations and broadcasters around the world. He has produced and directed over 100 films, including both TV and theatrical documentaries, including the recent award-winning "Out of Thin Air" for Netflix and BBC. He is currently writing his second documentary book “The Documentary Producers’ Handbook”.
Guillaume Massart - born in 1983 in the French Ardennes, Guillaume Massart has directed and produced documentary, essay and experimental films and visual art. His first short film, Xenocristal (2008), anticipates his future works situated at the border between documentary and video art. With a real event as its starting point - the invasion of the gardens of the National Library by starlings - Xenocristal invokes Hitchcock and genre cinema in order to present an allegorical view of migration. His next films will prove his sensibility for the most urgent matters of contemporary society, as they tackle the dark side of capitalism, the commodification of art, the validity of social utopias and the prison system. His whole body of work questions the mise en scene of reality and its aesthetic and political consequences upon figurative modernity.
Mona Nicoară - started working as an associate producer on the documentary Children Underground, which was awarded the special prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was then nominated for an Oscar. Her directing debut, Our School, premiered in 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was then presented at over 60 international film festivals. There it won the grand jury prize at AFI SilverDocs and was nominated for the Silver Eye Award for best East-European documentary and for the Gopo award for best Romanian documentary. Her last film to date, Distanța dintre mine și mine, received the audience award at the 2018 edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest and run in cinemas for over 18 weeks. She also taught screenwriting and film at Columbia, Cooper Union, New York University and Rutgers.
Contact person: Tudorița Șoldănescu, program coordinator: 0733.738.202, email@example.com
Civil Society Pitch is initiated and coordinated by the One World Romania Association, and the program partners are Balkan Documentary Center (Bulgaria), the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary) and the MOLDOX Community Association (Republic of Moldova).
The CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH program is part of a cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration.
The project does not necessarily reflect the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. NCFA is not liable for the content of the project or for the way in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the beneficiary’s responsibility.