DOK Short n’ Sweet
DOK Short n’ Sweet is back with a new live pitch, closing out our DOK Industry Programme in 2020. We are keeping the format: seven projects will have three minutes to pitch to a panel of international experts. Keep it short, keep it sweet, and watch new projects and talents take off from the comfort of your lounge!
Elizabeth Klinck, E Klinck Research, Collingwood
Access: Accredited guests welcome
Anna Henckel-Donnersmark, Berlinale Shorts, Berlin
Opal Hope Bennett, PBS/POV, Brooklyn
Catherine Colas, ZDF, Mainz
Cara Vulpiani, Varicouloured, Tallinn
Lindsay Poulton, The Guardian, London
u [dot] schmidt [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de
+49 (0) 341 30864-1081
“Many people say the long film is the novel and the short film is the short story. For us the short film is a poem.”
Is there a fee for participation?
There is no participation fee involved in pitching your selected project. But each project team member needs to be a holder of a festival accreditation, as DOK Short n’ Sweet is part of the online DOK Industry Programme. The accreditation can be obtained after selection but latest before the preparatory workshop.
Do I need an accreditation?
Whether you want to watch the pitches or are presenting a project yourself, a festival accreditation is required to receive access to DOK Short n’ Sweet, which is part of the online DOK Industry Programme.
When and where does the event take place?
The event takes place as a digital offering as part of the online DOK Industry Programme on Friday, 30 October. Although we’d much rather welcome you in Leipzig, the online format allows filmmakers internationally to participate, independent of travel limitations in a year that is marked by COVID-19.
What does the participation entail for a selected project team?
The representative(s) of the selected projects receive the opportunity to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers. Additionally, they meet the panelists in short individual meetings for more concrete feedback and networking.
This year, selected projects will be invited to participate in a special workshop to help you prepare your pitch and connect with your colleagues. The workshop takes place around 2 weeks before the festival, around mid-October.
If selected, how much time do I have to pitch?
Each presentation consists of 3 minutes pitch, and 4 minutes are reserved for questions from the panelists.
Can I show visual materials as part of my pitch?
Yes, if you have first materials to show, you are welcome to integrate them into your pitch. This can be a still, a mood board or a short teaser or scene. We are happy to advise you on how to make best use of this option, once you’re selected.
Can I come as an observer and listen?
Yes, please do. DOK Short n’ Sweet is open to all holders of a festival accreditation. You can join the live event on Friday, 30 October 2020, or watch the recording at another time.
Who are the panelists?
The panelists are international short film funders, curators, film buyers and distributors and will be announced in good time before the event.