“Blindness,” “Rebels!” tapped for Good Pitch Europe

Peter Middleton and James Spinney's Notes on Blindness (pictured) and Kari Anne Moe's Rebels! are among seven documentaries that have been selected to participate at Good Pitch Europe in March.
January 20, 2015

Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness (pictured) and Kari Anne Moe’s Rebels! are among seven documentaries that have been selected to participate at Good Pitch Europe in March.

The invitation-only event – a partnership between non-profit organization Britdoc, the Ford Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program – focuses on films with social justice platforms, and connects filmmakers with European foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists and policy makers.

Good Pitch Europe – which is hosted by Nordic countries for the first time – is to take place at the Opera House in Oslo, Norway, on March 25.

Among the projects being pitched are Middleton and Spinney’s Notes, which details writer John Hull’s transition into blindness; Moe’s Rebels!, on a group of high school drop-outs given an opportunity to change their situation, which was also a Central Pitch project at the IDFA Forum in Amsterdam; Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s A Haunting History, on a lawyer who returns to his native South Sudan; and Burcu Melekoglu and Vuslat Karan’s Blue ID, about a transgender man in Turkey struggling with his identity.

Additional projects being pitched include Dylan Williams and Erik Pauser’s The Borneo Case, on the destruction of the Borneo rainforest; Mike Day’s The Island and the Whales, about pilot whale hunting off the Faroe Islands; and Rob Miller and Henry Singer’s The Trial of Ratko Mladic, on the former Bosnian Serb army leader accused of war crimes.

The latter doc was also pitched at the IDFA Forum’s Central Pitch, though it was placed under a publication ban at the time due to the sensitive nature of the project.

Good Pitch Europe is the first of five such events throughout the year. Forthcoming sessions will take place in Argentina (April 13), Chicago (May 5), Australia (September 16) and New York (October 20).

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.