9th Baltic Pitching Forum calls for short film projects and welcomes Sweden as guest country for 2021


Applications for the latest edition of the Baltic event for short film pitches now being accepted until 30th July

Launched in 2013, the Baltic Pitching Forum (BPF) has continued to empower filmmakers and give them unparalleled access to intensive pitch training alongside up close and personal advice given by leading film industry professionals.

The 2021 edition of the BPF will continue these traditions with 12 short film projects – with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and guest country Sweden presenting three projects each – selected to take part in an online script consultation with script expert and consultant Wim Vanacker and a three-day training and pitching event which will take place on October 7-9th in Vilnius, Lithuania. During the event filmmakers will gather to network, get feedback and learn how to present and promote their newest short film projects.

Participants will be tutored by pitching trainer and artistic adviser Gabriele Brunnenmeyer (Germany). Selected projects will then be evaluated by an international panel of professionals from the fields of festivals, TV acquisitions, distribution, production and film commissioning.  This panel will be on hand to choose the winning projects as well as giving live feedback to all participants.

One project (originating from the Baltic regions) will be awarded with participant rights at the Torino Short Film Market and its new initiative “You Only Pitch Twice” and another (originating from the Baltic regions) will be awarded with participant rights at the European Short Film Co-production Forum EURO CONNECTION which is a part of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Also on hand will be the Baltic Producers Jury who will select one more project from all the participants to be given the Baltic Producers MEDIA Award (1000 €), initiated by the Creative Europe MEDIA Desks in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Eligible applicants are Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Swedish film directors and/or producers who have finished at least one short film project and are developing a new project which is fiction, animation or hybrid genre, are in the development stage, up to 30 minutes and aimed at an international audience.

The event is organized by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts” in association with the Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, Riga International Film Festival, Estonian Short Film Center and PÖFF Shorts (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival).

You can find out more about, and apply to, the Baltic Pitching Forum here