In Leipzig, at the same time as the festival, the final session of the Discovery Campus Masterschool took place with training of the participants for two concluding mornings with the pitching of projects that have been developed during the year with the help of producers and commissioning editors.
From stories about tourism, women in Afghanistan or in Morocco or in Brazil to Eastern European contemporary stories about a Bulgarian town without the women, who have all gone to Italy to work, or about Dimitrovgrad where socialism and capitalism meet, or to a big theatrical epic about the men who started Greenpeace way back, to a sweet story about long play records, to a couple who experience love through pain, to people in LA who get into trouble and store their dearest belongings, many of them to end up on an auction… to a Swedish project about men in their 40’es who join a swimming club to get away from the meaningless of Life! Hopefully these films will be ready within the next couple of years. They deserve it. Some got funding at the pitching, some have to develop further.
Lots of joy, very good visual tasters, losers and winners – losers, not necessarily their fault but because of the market limitations that were obvious during the two mornings where around 40 television people and a few film fund representatives were seated to respond to the pitching. Discovery Campus is an excellent training programme, very much because of the staff and the head of studies, filmmaker Peter Symes from the UK. And the Discovery Campus also is behind the new online meeting point Reelisor. Have a look at that.