The submissions are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied!
The 4th edition of Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS), the successful initiative focused, until recently, only on development and pitching of local feature film projects, extends internationally as of this year. TPS aims to discover a strong selection of projects from Romania and the countries around Romania destined for European co-production such as: Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Greece, Turkey and Georgia. TPS aims to foster cross-border cooperation especially between the Black Sea countries and other countries invited to be part of the initiative.
TPS presents a selection of approximate 12 projects, coming from 1st and 2nd time directors, currently in development and financing to international film professionals (producers, distributors, sales agents, representatives from films funds etc.), facilitating their international visibility and establishing the right connections to ensure financing for their projects.
Directors and producers of the selected projects will be invited to the industry event organized by Transilvania IFF on June 9th & 10th, to publicly present their project in front of film professionals, followed by one-to-one meetings and discussions.
Additionally, first and second time filmmakers from Romania and Moldova are eligible for the TPS development workshop, providing guidance on script development, as well as training and a platform for pitching the projects in front of prospective partners. Up to five projects will take part in a four-day workshop (between June 5th– 8th) that will focus on improving story structure of the selected projects and pitch preparations.
All Romanian and Moldavian projects participating in the TPS development workshop will be presented in front of film professionals, but just two of them will compete, along with the international ones, for the TPS awards.
The jury will award the following prizes:
- Eurimages Co-production Development Award amounting to €20,000
- Post-production services offered by Chainsaw Europe, valued at €30,000
- Romanian Film Centre and Dacin Sara Award, amounting €5,000.
The projects participating in the TPS workshop are eligible for: the CoCo Award, which means that one of the projects will be invited to a public pitch during the Connecting Cottbus East West Co-production Market taking place in November, and Villa Kult Cultural Residency Award, a 5 day residency in Berlin and a tailor-made cultural programme designed with the aim to stimulate the development process of the film project.
Who can apply for TPS?
The program is open to feature-length fiction film projects of first and second time filmmakers coming from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Greece, Turkey and Georgia.
The project can be in different stages of development, but a first draft of the script should be available during the industry event in Transilvania IFF on June 9th.
The project must have at least 15% of the budget secured.
To be eligible, projects must be designed from the outset as a European co-production, other than in purely financial terms, between at least two member states of the Eurimages Fund (ideally, but not mandatory, between states from the countries mentioned eligible).
How does TPS work?
An international selection committee will be nominated and up to 12-feature film projects will be invited for TPS. From these 12, up to 2 are Romanian and Moldavian projects participating in the TPS development workshop.
Once a project is selected, the director and producer are invited for the TIFF industry events on June 9th & 10th. The festival offers 3 nights accommodation and a stipend for travel expenses up to 250 euro for each participant, for a maximum of 2 representatives per project.
Attending the public presentations, one-to-one meetings and discussions is mandatory.
All participating projects will be showcased in a projects' booklet.
All awarded projects must mention in their ending credits: “presented in the Transilvania Pitch Stop program” together with official logo. The logo will be sent upon request.
Who can apply for TPS development workshop?
The workshop is dedicated to feature-length fiction film projects of first and second time Romanian and Moldavian directors.
The projects must have a producer attached.
How is TPS development workshop structured?
A board of selection will be appointed and up to five-feature film projects will be selected.
When selected, director and producer are invited to participate in the Transilvania Pitch Stop custom made hands-on workshop during the Transilvania IFF.
Attending the workshop, public presentations, one-to-one meetings and discussions is mandatory.
Working groups will be established - project team and trainers. The group work will focus on ways of packaging the project in order for the team to be prepared for the public pitch, as well as on script doctoring feedback. In addition, special attention will be given to the interaction between groups and to a better acquaintance with all the projects, the free exchange of ideas and opinions being heavily encouraged.
All teams will have the opportunity to finalize their experience in a public presentation in front of a number of potential international partners. The organizers will nominate the one or two projects to compete for the Eurimages Co-production Development Award and other awards. The Eurimages Co-production Development Award, which takes the form of a non-reimbursable subsidy, must be used by the producers to cover development expenses of the project.
All participating projects will be showcased in a projects' booklet.
It is mandatory for all selected projects to mention in their ending credits: “developed with the support of Transilvania Pitch Stop” together with official logo.
Transilvania International Film Festival reserves the right of first domestic screening of each project selected in the TPS development workshop.
Submit a project
Deadline to submit a project: 27th of April, 2017
Selected projects to be announced by May 8th, 2017.
The application process takes place online - NO hard copies.
All materials should be in English.
In order to submit your project and the required material, you need to create an account on eventival.eu, following THIS LINK: https://vp.eventival.eu/tiff/2017
Application form filled with:
Project title (original and English version)
Contact details director and producer
Synopsis (max 1 page)
Treatment (max 12 pages)
Director’s biography and filmography
Producer’s biography and filmography
Link for director’s previous work (e.g vimeo link with password)
All applicants of TPS co-production market should submit, via email, the following additional materials:
Budget top sheet
Financial plan and secured financing
For inquiries, please contact: [email protected].