”Make Docs Happen” is the slogan of the Edinburgh Pitch. If that will be the case for the 2011 pitched projects, that they will be made, will happen, remains to be seen. For sure it is that the positive comment in the auditorium will be followed by meetings one-to-one, broadcaster and filmmaker, and then will follow eventual negociations, rough cut screenings, contracts, delivery etc. etc. It takes time and you have to be committed and have something to say, to be in that business. If you can call it a business!
Many good films will come up, many of the presented film projects were actually close to post-production and wanted funding to be spent on the editing and final finish. So money from the Edinburgh Pitch or not, they will be made.
The winner of the audience prize as the best project, and maybe also the best presentation came from Finland, ”The Punk Syndrom”, producer Sami Jahnukainen, director Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P. Rossi, the team behind the masterpiece ”Living Room of a Nation” (photo). For one year and 4 months they have followed the 5 man band ”Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät” whose members are mentally disabled but play very strong music. There is only high expectations to be connected to this original upcoming film.
Many other presentations were positively received by the panel, more by the non-UK channels than by the representatives from BBC and C4. Uruguyan ”Avant” with former world ballet dancer Julio Roca as the main character, by Juan Alvarez Nema, has a strong supporter in Simon Kilmurry from POV in the US. Brazilian Guy Castor’s ”Matilda, Adolfo and Alicia” tested the courage of the broadcaster with his long silent, ”nothing is happening” shots of the three old people. ”Despite the Gods” by Penelope Vozniak with the charismatic Jennifer Lynch (daughter of David) in the main role as a director caught between Hollywood and Bollywood was entertaining and promising to watch. Irish Chris Kelly presented great material from Cambodia, about people in big trouble because of the new hard economical policy in the country. Titled ”The Cause of Progress” it is a film that is more than promising, as is Eva Weber’s film from Guinea, ”Black Out”, a moving intro to a world where electricity is something you might not have all the time, wherefore the airport of Conakry it the place where students and others go to write and read.