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Project Pitch

Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Academy of Fine Arts Auditorium [Neubau]
Akademiestr. 4, 80799 Munich


For many, a pitch is a distasteful affair. Could anything be worse than standing in front of an audience, aggressively soliciting funds to implement a project? This is why one so often hears that artists do not hold pitches. But is this also true of film artists? Film production has a price tag, and the money for it must be found.

The KINO DER KUNST Project Award helps young European artists and filmmakers to produce a new one- or multi-channel work that transcends the limits of traditional narrative film by experimenting with new storytelling methods. It is endowed by ARRI Film & TV Services GmbH, consisting of postproduction services in the amount of 10.000 Euro.

We asked major art academies and film schools across Europe to partner with us and nominate two alumni up to the age of 35 whose former teachers consider to be exceptionally talented. The institutions we addressed included the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Academy of Fine Arts Brera-Milan, the ENSBA Paris, the Glasgow School of Arts, the HISK Gent, HEAD Geneva, the HFF Munich, the ICA Moscow, Le Fresnoy Tourcoing, the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the Royal College of Art London, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, the Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw, the UdK Berlin, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Of all the candidates proposed, eight were invited to a pitch session in Munich, where they will present their projects to an audience and an international jury led by Danish artist Jesper Just, who currently lives in New York. Other jury members are the artist Julian Rosefeldt, Katarina Stankovic, winner of the 2013 KINO DER KUNST Project Award, Heiner Stadler, professor at the HFF Munich as well as Stephanie Weber, curator for contemporary art at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich.

To be prepared for the pitch the artists will receive a professional pitch training in Munich, and subsequently have the opportunity to present a previously completed film. These screenings will take place on Saturday, 25.04., in the Blaues Kino at the HFF Munich from 3 p.m. till 9 p.m., each run lasting two hours.

—> Screening Overview

26.04.2015 at 10 a.m. in the Academy of Fine Arts (Auditorium/Neubau, Akademiestr. 4, 80799 Munich). Free Admission.

The following candidates have been selected for the project pitch:

Léandre Bernard-Brunel 
(born 1985, Paris, FRA)

Francesco Bertocco (born 1983, Mailand, ITA)

Jacob Dwyer (born 1988, London, GBR)

Aslan Gaisumov (born. 1991, Grozny, RUS)

Louis Henderson (born 1983, Norwich, GBR)

Graham Kelly (born 1982, Ayr, GBR)

Evangelia Kranioti (born 1979, Athen, GRC)

Claudia Larcher (born 1979, Bregenz, AUT) 


Léandre Bernard-Brunelborn in 1985, lives in Paris. Proposed by the ENSBA, Paris. Group exhibitions Palais de Tokyo Paris, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, et al. 2015 Winner of the Lumière Institut Français program. His pitch project “Vetala, cadavre exquis” is a docufiction about the oral tradition of ghost stories in Indian society, staged on the streets of Nizampura. 

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10.40 a.m.



Francesco Bertoccoborn in 1983, lives in Milan. Proposed by the Academy of Fine Arts Brera, Milan. Group exhibitions and screenings Lo Schermo dell’Arte Florence, PAC Milan, Fondazione Merz Turin et al. In his pitch project “Zenith”, scientific phenomena such as phase transitions are cinematically represented based on the transformation of the narrator’s voice, which is heard as an inner monolog.

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11:20 a.m. 

Friendly supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Munich.



Jacob Dwyer, born in 1988, lives in Amsterdam. Proposed by De Ateliers Amsterdam. Screenings Lo Schermo dell’Arte Florence, MODE Istanbul, IDFA Amsterdam et al. His pitch project, a constellation of images and sounds all gleaned within a table tennis club in Amsterdam warp together to open up the complex physical vocabulary of a sport played by the clubs motley of members. One of whom is an expert on the motor speech disorder, Dysarthia."

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:15 p.m. 



Aslan Gaisumovborn in 1991, lives in Grozny and Moscow. Proposed by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Moscow. Won the 2014 Future Generation Art Prize awarded by the PinchukArtCenter in Kiev. Group exhibitions Hayward Gallery London, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf et al. His pitch project is an outline on the current crisis in Chechnya, compared to the situation during the first Chechen war 1994 - 1996. The starting point is the plight of 21 people fleeing in a single car.

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3.35 p.m. 



Louis Hendersonborn in 1983, lives in Paris. Proposed by the European School of Visual Arts, Angouleme and Poitiers. Group exhibitions Whitechapel Gallery London, Reina Sofia Madrid, FRAC Toulouse, Centre Pompidou Paris et al. His docufiction pitch project transplants the spirit of Toussaint Louverture, leader of the slaves in the Haitian revolution of 1791, into Haiti’s neo-colonial present. 

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:55 p.m. 



Graham Kelly, born in 1982, lives in Rotterdam. Proposed by the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Group exhibitions LIA Leipzig, Tent Rotterdam, Intermedia Glasgow et al. In 2012 he received a grant by the Arts Trust of Scotland. His pitch project focuses on the relationship between the viewer and the computer-generated image. Separate found footage and 3-D effects overlap on a single screen. 

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 12 a.m. 



Evangelia Kraniotiborn in 1979, lives in Paris. Proposed by Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing. Her last film “Exotica, Erotica, Etc.” was presented at the 2015 Berlinale Forum. The pitch project “Anywhere Out The World” tells the tale of a young couple’s romance and reflects on the eternal search for the line between dream and reality. She vividly plays with the boundaries and transitions between the intimate and the public. 

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10 a.m. 



Claudia Larcher, born in 1979, lives in Vienna. Proposed by the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. 2015 she was awarded the state grant for video and media art in Austria. Group exhibitions and screenings Kunsthaus Graz, das weisse haus Wien, BIEFF Bucharest, Dokumentarfilmfest Kassel et al. Her pitch project “Self” is a video collage that examines the human skin for its potential to design one’s representation.

Presentation: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:15 p.m.