Tuesday 16 September 2014

How do you attract producers and investors and convince them to fund your feature project? This tough question will be addressed in two Film Pitching Workshops, due to take place both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this September. This is a joint initiative by the British Council, Yxine Film Fest, and Redbridge, aiming to support emerging film makers.

The workshops are 100% free. The deadline for applications is 5 September with results to be announced on 15 September. 30 applicants in each city with best applications will be selected. 

To apply, please email your application to nganvu@redbridge.vn if you wish to attend the workshops in Hanoi and to pitchingworkshop2014@gmail.com if you want to attend the workshops in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Further information and application guidance are available on the website of the British Council www.britishcouncil.vn; YXineFF https://www.facebook.com/yxineff/ (HCMC) and Red Bridge www.redbridgevn.com. (Hanoi). 

In Ho Chi Minh City, the workshops will be launched on 22 September at Saigon International Film School, 15 Hoang Hoa Tham. In Hanoi, the workshops will start on 26 September at The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD), 51 Tran Hung Dao. 

British Council has invited Paul Welsh, a British film producer and expert on pitching to deliver some key sessions of the workshops. Paul is the founder of Digicult, an independent film company specialising in developing emerging film talent. 

Paul is also the producer of Skeletons(2010), a nominee for the Outstanding Debut Feature by a British Director at the 64th British Film Academy Film Awards. In 2013, Lore, a film which he was a co-producer, received the Feature Film Production of the Year Award at the 2013 Screen Producers Australia Awards.

One highlight of the event in Ho Chi Minh City will be “Pitch Fest,” a small competition that features Vietnam’s well-known film director Victor Vu among the judges. Pitch Fest will enable ten participants with best projects to pitch their ideas to established producers, directors from local studios. The three best projects will receive a cash award of 20 million Vietnam Dong each, given by CJ E&M, BHD, and SIFS. 

In Hanoi, the 10 best students will continue to join an intensive course. The best project will be facilitated with film making equipment support from Redbridge Vietnam.

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