Just pitch it!

‘Dying Dreams’ by Sudath Abeysiriwardena  which won the Best International Short Film at the recently concluded Bodhisatva International film Festival in Patna, India
‘Dying Dreams’ by Sudath Abeysiriwardena which won the Best International Short Film at the recently concluded Bodhisatva International film Festival in Patna, India

For the first time in Sri Lanka award winning German filmmaker and trainer

Till Passow, will conduct a workshop for young Sri Lankan filmmakers on making trailers for film production pitching.

This workshop will be useful for young Sri Lankan filmmakers with a film project in hand, looking for international film production funding.

During the workshop young filmmakers will be trained to pitch at international film festivals and forums. All filmmakers will be trained to make a trailer of the proposed production for pitching as well. All aspects of pitching will be covered during the 11 day training to be held at Goethe institute, Colombo.

18 young filmmakers with new film projects will be selected to participate. At the end of the workshop filmmakers will be invited to present their trailers and practice in a practice pitching session.

Goethe Institut is the main partner of Agenda 14 Short Film Festival in Sri Lanka.

Agenda 14 held the first ever pitching session in Sri Lanka in collaboration with Goethe Institut three years ago for short filmmakers in Sri Lanka and produced 8 short films on ‘Reimagining Development’ with Centre for Poverty Analysis. There after they produced 42 short films after several training and pitching sessions across the country.

“It’s time to support the young filmmakers to realize their dreams in full length feature and documentary filmmaking and this is the first step.“Pitch & Trailer” workshop was initiated at Berlinale 2016. Dr. Petra Raymond, Director of Goethe Institute introduce me to Till Passow and we develop the workshop plan in berlin last year. We spent last 12 months developing a workshop programme suitable for Sri Lanka. Till has worked in Asia before and worked on similar progarmmes in the region. I hope this workshop will open doors for some young Sri Lankan filmmakers. We have many stories to tell and the world is interesting to partner with us to present those stories. But we don’t have the knowhow. We have know proper training in presenting our work to interested film producers and funders out side. This workshop will be a first of it’s kind to bridge gaps” says Anomaa Rajakaruna, Festival Director of Agenda 14 Short Film Festival.

The duration of the project is 11 days from April 28 April to May 8. It will be held at the Goethe Institut, Colombo 7.

If you are young filmmaker with a feature or a documentary film project in hand please send your CV with Synopsis of the film (750- 1000 words) and Director’s intent (500-750 words) to [email protected] The closing date for application is April 10.

For all your enquiries and further info please contact Anomaa Rajakaruna, Coordinator of the Programme [email protected]


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