SITGES FANPITCH Feature Films
SITGES FILM FESTIVAL
For the eighth year in a row, the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is organizing its feature film and series project pitch competition. Starting this 2022, Sitges Pitchbox will be renamed Sitges FanPitch, broadening the contents of the call for entries with training and the preparation of the competing projects.
Consequently, Sitges FanPitch is the international pitch competition event focused on horror, science fiction or fantastic feature films and series in development and is adding a training laboratory on sustainability and leadership of audiovisual projects.
This initiative still maintains its goal of discovering the very best genre projects and matching them with leading companies in the industry. The event will take place in hybrid format on October 10th and 13th as part of the Sitges Film Festival.
A total of five series and five feature films from around the world will be selected. The people responsible for each of the selected projects will have the opportunity to make a sales pitch and meet with each of the participating companies. In addition, the 3 winning feature film projects will be eligible for travel grants for their international circulation. In the series category, 1 winning project will be selected, which will receive a cash prize for ongoing development.
For the second consecutive year, this edition will be complemented with the Showrunners LAB, an introductory and mentoring seminar on the role of the showrunner. The selected projects will be able to carry out individual mentoring sessions with each of the showrunners participating in this year’s edition.
Training for the winning projects will be provided at THE SITGES SUSTAINABLE PITCH LAB. Social Perspectives, Resource Awareness & Pitch as a Tool for Change and Success, a two-day laboratory (October 11 and 12) within the framework of the festival, presented by Helene Granqvist and Valeria Richter.
All the selected projects will have the option of acquiring a free Industry accreditation of this edition of the festival to be able to attend all the Industry sessions (except the private ones), be part of the Sitges Industry Online-Catalan Films platform, and the viewings of films included in the accreditation.
The projects selected at Sitges FanPitch will be eligible for the following awards:
FEATURE FILM CATEGORY
Three travel grants for 1 representative of each project (includes travel and living expenses at the destination):
Cash award of 2,500 euros (VAT included) for the project’s development*
* The representative of the winning series project must submit a proposal for expenses as part of the production development plan, which will be approved and paid for directly by the Sitges Film Festival of Catalonia Foundation.
The Sitges FanPitch programming is divided into the following blocks: Scripted Series, Feature Films and Showrunners Lab, an introductory seminar and advice on the figure of the showrunner through the presentation and analysis of two models: South American and Spanish.
SITGES FANPITCH – FEATURE FILMS
In this session, the chosen series present their pitch online.
Monday, October 10th
- Javier Fernández: Director of Blood Window
- Annick Mahnert: Director of Programming at Fantastic Fest in Austin and Executive Director of the Frontières Co-Production Market
- Jongsuk Thomas Nam: NAFF Managing Director at Bucheon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN)
* Private event.
Monday, October 10th
Online and Onsite
FANPITCH LIVE PITCH SESSION
Sitges FanPitch is the international pitch competition event focused on feature films and series in horror, science fiction or fantastic development and adds a training laboratory in sustainability and leadership of audiovisual projects.
Five series and sixteen feature films from around the world will have the opportunity to make a sales pitch in front of participating companies, festivals and other accredited ones in the industry.
Monday, 10th / 10:00h - 12:30h
Industry Marquee - Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)
GREEN FILM LAB SITGES
Green Film Lab keeps on training European cinema professionals on green practices with the third call for applications of 2022. The programme – promoted by TorinoFilmLab and GREEN FILM in collaboration with EAVE – will unfold with a new workshop in Sitges (Spain) from 14th to 16th October thanks to the collaboration of Government of Catalonia, Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies, Catalunya Film Commission and Servei de Desenvolupament Empresarial.
Overall, Green Film Lab includes a number of intensive 3-day workshops, held in English, that take place along the year in different European countries and regions, in collaboration with various film institutions and funds, proposing a comparable structure.