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 artists who work with film? 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 produce new one- or multi-channel works that transcend the limits of traditional narrative film by using new storytelling methods. Endowed by ARRI Media GmbH, the prize consists of postproduction services worth € 10,000. We asked major art academies and film schools across Europe to partner with us, requesting that they nominate two alumni not over 35 whose former teachers rate as exceptionally talented. The institutions we addressed included the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Universität der Künste Berlin, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, École européenne supérieure de l’image Angoulême, École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, The Glasgow School of Art, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten Gent, HEAD Genéve, HFF München, Le Fresnoy Tourcoing, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, Royal College of Art London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London, Goldsmiths University of London, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler København, Kuvataideakatemia/Sibelius-Akatemia Helsinki, Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu, Akademia Sztuk Pieknych w Warszawie, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Amsterdam, Vilniaus dailés akademija, Rodchenko Art School Moscow, ICA Moscow, St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Stavrakos Athens, FDU Beograd, Akademija umetnosti Beograd, Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Istanbul Kültür Üniversitesi, FAMU Praha, SZFE Budapest, MOME Budapest, Colegiul National I.L. Caragiale Bucuresti, NATFA Sofia, Sarajevo Film Academy, ADU Zagrebu, VSMU Bratislava.
Of the candidates proposed, eight were invited to a pitch session in Munich, where they will present their projects to an audience and international jury led by Doryun Chong, chief-curator of the future museum M+ in Hong Kong. The other jury members are Eva Kraus, director of Neues Museum Nürnberg and member of the KINO DER KUNST board, artist Julian Rosefeldt, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Jacob Dwyer, winner of the 2015 Project Award, and Heiner Stadler, professor at the HFF Munich.
To prepare for the pitch, the artists will receive professional pitch training in Munich, and will subsequently have the opportunity to present a previously completed film. These screenings will take place on Saturday, 04/22, in the Kino 2 at the University of Television and Film (HFF) from 2.30 pm - 8.30 pm. Free entry.
The Project Pitch takes places on Sunday, 04/23 at 11.00 pm in the Kino 2 at the University of Television and Film (HFF). Free entry.
The following artist have been selected for the project pitch:
Berrak Colak, born in 1986, lives in Istanbul. Until 2014 she studied at the Film and TV Department of Istanbul Bilgi University. She is the Winner of the SIYAD Award (presented by the Turkish Film Critics Association) in the category Best Short Film 2012.
Clément Cogitore , born in 1983, lives in Paris and Strasbourg. He studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Strasbourg and at Le Fresnoy - National Studio of Contemporary Arts. International exhibition activities as filmmaker and artist, a.o. at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Emilija Skarnulyte, born 1987 in Vilnius, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano. Her work has been shown internationally, including in the Baltic Pavilion of the Biennale Architettura, Venice, 2016.
Katarzyna Hertz, born in 1986, lives in Lodz and Berlin. She studied at the Intermedia department of the University of the Arts in Poznan, Poland and the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Frankfurt am Main. In 2017 one of her works will be shown at the Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art.
Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann, both born in 1988, live in Cologne. They studied at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Cologne. International exhibition activities and awards, including the German Short Film Prize in Gold 2016 in the category Experimental film.
Callum Hill, born in Montreal in 1987, lives in London. She studied Sculpture and Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, London. She is the winner of the Artist Film Award at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York 2016.
Selini Halvadaki, born in 1985, lives in Copenhagen. Until 2014 she studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Her work has been shown internationally, including the Images Festival, Toronto 2016.
Stefan Maleševic, born in Belgrade in 1989, obtained his PhD of the film.factory program of the Sarajevo Film Academy in 2016. He held workshops together with Bela Tarr and recently founded the production company Slovofilm in Bosnia.