Friday, September 27
Pitching Your Documentary Idea
Documentaries French Translation
Friday, September 27
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Lecture Hall 150, HafenCity Universit├Ąt (HCU)



Selling your investigation is hard work. It gets even worse, if your aim is making a good film out of it. Commissioning editors must to be sure that your story is solid, of course, but will also ask you many inconvenient questions around narrative arc, characters that will push the story forward, and production.

Pitching a documentary idea is a complex act that shall convey the drive for getting it done, a stubborn attitude, and a bunch of soft skills including a flair for performance, without forgetting all possible hands-on issues around journalism, filming and editing. You normally have just minutes to convince an editor that your idea is worth a documentary. How do you get there without losing your mind?

Three experienced professionals in the field will tell in this session which mistakes to avoid, and which buttons you want to push when pitching.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

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