Documentary Pitch Competition

During JIFFEST, one of my duties was to judge a documentary pitch competition. The winner gets 5000 Euro to finish her project given out by the Jan Vrijman Fund. Seven very earnest directors presented their project to a committee of three. Each director had 20 minutes. In the end we chose 2 projects that we felt had the best chance of being finished: the director had passion, the research was deep, plus he had access to his subject matter. Two teams received 2500 Euros each. Its not much, but some. The pre pitch workshop was conducted by Leonard Helmrich. I hope those documentaries will be made

One of the teams showing us a short clip of their intended subject