East European Forum
This year we are introducing Doc Presentations, followed by Feedback Round Tables. A major change is that the project presentations (pitches) in a big forum are not immediately followed by discussion. Instead, a series of discussions will take place at round tables within a smaller group of CE’s at each table. Read more details on the new format and its implications for our participants and experts.
EAST EUROPEAN FORUM
October 21 - 28, 2010
Jihlava / Czech Republic
Please read through an overview of features in this year's Doc Presentations and Feedback Round Tables. Comments and remarks on the benefits and drawbacks of the new model have been kindly provided by our head tutors Marijke Rawie and Mikael Opstrup.
- Each project will have up to 10 minutes to present trailer + pitch
- There will be no discussion right after the presentations
- The moderator can ask a few additional questions after the presentation in case something in the pitch could potentially be misleading or unclear
FEEDBACK ROUND TABLES
- Access to Feedback Round Tables is granted only to accredited observers
- There will be 5 round tables with several commissioning editors
- Projects will rotate every 15 minutes
- Each project will have 15 minutes at each table, i.e., a total of 5 x 15 minutes for in-depth project discussion
- Each table will have its own moderator
- At the beginning of each discussion, the participants will deliver an up to 1-minute pitch reminder summary
- Each table will have its own notetaker so that the participants can later read the transcript of the discussion
- After the Feedback Round Tables, individual meetings will be arranged for selected projects
Benefits and Drawbacks of the New Format:
+ Commissioning editors will have more time to get to know the projects + director/producer teams
+ With more time left for discussion, questions from CE's can be more in-depth
+ Teams will have more time and opportunities to talk about their current project, as well as about their past projects, etc.
+ Teams present their project in a more relaxed setting
- Commissioning editors can be more straightforward and direct in the round-table setting, asking perhaps more unpleasant questions than they would have in the open pitch format (hence the brief project summary, see above in Feedback Round Tables)
- Quite a lot of time passes before the first project in the Doc Presentations gets to sit down with the CE's
- Q&A immediately after each presentation often generates a lively debate that can draw in the CE's
- CE's will not be able to keep good track of each other's opinions and preferences regarding the projects; this may be important in joint presale or co-production decisions.
Marijke Rawie adds some words of advice for the participants: "As always, be honest, be passionate, be prepared to answer questions; do not be shy or aggressive, but assertive and friendly; ask questions yourself if you do not understand a question of the commissioners. Prepare yourself for the commissioners that are at your table, know their names, know their slots, know if they can decide for themselves or if they have to 're-pitch' your project to their colleagues at their station, know how much they might be able to invest in your story, etc."