Third Seminar – January 8-14  2013, Marrakech, Morocco

The Greenhouse Third Seminar & Pitching Forum event ended successfully last week in Marrakech, at ESAV, the School of Visual Arts in Morocco.

2013-01-12 11.44.55The six intensive seminar days accumulated into a pitching forum event. In attendance were key leaders in the international documentary market.
• Alex Szalat- Deputy Director of the Society and Culture department, Arte, France.
• Sophie Chegaray-
Commissioning Editor for Documentaries, France 5
Charlie Phillips- Marketplace Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
Dominique Young- Senior Producer, Al Jazeera English, UK
• Dr. Gudrun- El Ghomri- Commissioning Editor, Documentary Unit, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Germany
Dr. Katja Wildermuth- Commissioning Editor, MDR Germany , Germany
 Gitte Hansen- Deputy Director- First Hand Films, Switzerland
Isabel Arrate- Manager of the IDFA BERTHA Fund , The Netherlands
Margie de Koning-Responsible for the Television Department of IKON , The Netherlands
• Ryan Harrington- Director, Documentary Programming; Tribeca Film Institute, USA
Neil Tabatznik- BLUE ICE– HOT DOCS Documentary Fund, Canada

2013-01-11 12.08.18In preparation for the pitching forum, a pitching workshop was held by Lucinda Broadbent, an international award winning producer.  During this session, the filmmakers learned different techniques in pitching a project. The participants simulated their pitch in front of Lucinda and special expert Paul Pauwels, who was also the moderator of the pitching forum.

During the first days of the seminar, the 20 participants worked on fine tuning their trailers with professional editors: Obbe Verwer(The Netherlands), Thijs Nusmeijer  (The Netherlands) Catherine Rascon (France) and  Cathie Dambel(France) -  joined by their mentors & special experts Hans Robert EisenhauerJohn AppelBruni BurresNenad Puhovskiand  Steven Seidenberg.

On the final day of the seminar 14 Awards were given to the Greenhouse participants by Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Blue Ice-Hot Docs Documentary Fund, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Sumayoko Ltd.

DSC 0106Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute, awarded a $10,000 development grant to the project 'The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev' by Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas from Israel. The filmmakers will be invited to the Tribeca Film Festival heldin April 2013 and will take part in the TFI Filmmaker/ Industry Meetings, a market initiative between TFI grantees and decision makers during the Festival.

Chicken & Egg Pictures, a New York/San Francisco-based film fund dedicated to supporting women documentary filmmakers in the US and Internationally, awarded a $5,000 grant to the project 'The Factory & Me' by Sarra Abidi & Amel Bouzid from Tunisia. The award is part of Chicken & Egg Pictures' mission-driven fund, THE MOTHER WIT HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FUND. 

Udi Segal, Funder of Sumayoko Ltd, Awarded a 5,000$ grant to H20 by Ohad Milstein from Israel.

Neil Tabatznik from Blue Ice-Hot Docs Documentary Fund selected 5 projects to participate in the upcoming Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival to be held in May 2013.

The five selected projects are: 'Temporal Joy' by Tamer Al Jamal & Mohamed Abu Sido from Gaza, Palestine, 'Where the Deserts Meets Mountains' by Said Saad Eddine from Morocco, 'Archive Fever' by Karnit Mandel from Israel, Searching for Janitou by Amine Hattou from Algeria and 'Women of the Pseudo Spring' by Khdeija Lemkecher & Moslah Kraiem from Tunisia.

allThe selected filmmakers will meet with decision makers at Hot Docs Deal Maker and other marketplace initiatives at the Festival. They will also receive a delegate pass allowing access to all the main events at the Festival, and will join the Blue Ice Grantees for a program of workshops and sessions. Blue Ice Group will contribute toward the selected participants' expenses for the festival.

Charlie Phillips, Sheffield's Marketplace Director selected six projects to participate in Sheffield Marketplace, June 12-16 2013, the selected filmmakers will be offered meetings with Decision Makers at the MeetMarket and other marketplace initiatives. 

The selected projects are: 'I She We…' by Rim Majidi from Morocco, 'Scarabee School' by Hajar Setta from Morocco, 'Archive Fever' by Karnit Mandel from Israel, 'Searching for Janitou' by Amine Hattou from Algeria and 'Women of the Pseudo Spring' by Khdeija Lemkecher & Moslah Kraiem from Tunisia and 'The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev' by Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas from Israel.