NORTH Pitch

NORTH Pitch is a financing forum for documentary films focusing on life in Polar regions.

From the film SEALERS - ONE LAST HUNT by directors Trude Berge Ottersen and Gry Elisabeth Mortensen.
Photo: Koko Film

The forum allows filmmakers to present their documentary projects to investors from several countries, in order to provide funding for the selected films. Participating films can be focusing on culture, environment, resources, politics, climate changes as well as general human stories. The only absolute requirement is that the film is about life above the Arctic Circle or below the Antarctic.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the 2021 edition of NORTH Pitch will take place as an online workshop, where the projects will be sent to a selection of decision makers after the workshop. We will be back with a full version in 2022.

NORTH Pitch 2020
NORTH Pitch session at TIFF 2020. Photo: Jøran Lynum.

Background

Initiated by the regional North Norwegian Film Center, NORTH Pitch aims to develop more great stories from the Arctic, and to allow filmmakers to reach a larger audience. Held annually during Tromsø International Film Festival, the forum brings together filmmakers, producers, film organizations and investors.

The following financiers/commissioning editors ar confirmed for the 2021 edition:

• Anna Weitz, Swedish Film Institute
• Katja Härkönen, Filmpool Nord, Sweden
• Frank Piasecki Poulsen, Danish Film Institute
• Freja Johanne Nørgaard Sørensen, DR Sales, Denmark
• Eirin Gjørv & Klara Nilsson Grunning, Norwegian Film Institute
• Fredrik Færden, NRK, Norway
• Liisa Holmberg, International Sámi Film Institute, Norway
• Iris Olsson, Finnish Film Foundation
• Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, USA
• Andrea Hock, Autlook Filmsales, Austria
• Rudy Buttignol. Knowledge Network, Canada
• Sabine Bubeck-paaz, ZDF-ARTE, Germany
• Name TBC, BBC
• Anna Svensson – NNFS, Norway

NORTH Pitch is made possible with support from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sparebank1 Nord-Norge.