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Updates of 19 Pitches at FreshPitch 2016

Overview of Pitches (part)

  Name

  Genre

  Film Festivals Selected & Submitted to

  Status of broadcasting/headway

Escaping the Temple

 Feature-length

  2017 Sundance Film Festival.

   To be televised in February, 2017 on ARTE

Singing in the Wilderness

Feature-length

   N/A

To be completed at the end of 2017

Dear My Genius

Feature-length, TV Documentary Series 

  shortlisted for IDFA 2017

To be televised in the National Geographic Channel of ROK in July and August, 2017.

 Madame Ching

docu-drama cinemagraph

1) Documentary Seed Grant in HK 2017

2) Doc Edge NZ short film  pitching session

  In discussions with a central German public TV station and ARTE

  Arks of Confucius

Feature-length 

shortlisted to ASD 2017, venture capital investment conference of Docs Port Inchon.  

To be distributed by Cat& Docs in 2017 

The Last Wild Rivers

TV Documentary Series

  Excellent Chinese Story Pitch, 2016 Guangzhou International Documentary Festival.  

  TBC

  The Last Wild Rivers

  TV Documentary Series

Excellent Chinese Story Pitch, 2016 Guangzhou International Documentary Festival.  

  TBC

  Wild Rush

  Feature-length, TV Documentary Series

Attending Hot Docs 2017, Houston International Film Festival

  In discussion with IFENG.COM and Youku

  Encounter

  Online short videos series / VR project / Humanities Social documentary

  N/A

Potential cooperation with Discovery Channel of U.S.A, Oculus Studio, miaopai.com. The books of same name will be published.

  Home Sweet Home

  Feature-length

  N/A

  The production and distribution are made jointly with Youku.

  Beijing Night

  Online short video series

  N/A

Landed at Phoenix Satellite TV Station of Chinese version.

  The Daughter of Shanghai

  Feature length, Humanities Social documentary

  N/A

The discussions related to the investment are being held with SMG Pictures.

  Peony Flowers

  Feature length, Humanities Social documentary

  N/A

  Peony Flowers has made its premiere at Tencent upon delivery.


Details of pitches

1

Pitch of golden award: Escaping the Temple

Escaping the Temple is a feature-length documentary and VR project. Its 55-minute version was broadcasted in February, 2017 on ARTE, a public TV station cofounded by Germany and France. IIts 70-minute version will be completed in March, 2017. Besides Fresh Pitch, the documentary was also submitted to 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 

2

Pitch of silver award: Encounter 

Encounter is an online short video series, a VR project and a humanity social documentary. It has entered the final cut stage and will be completed in April, 2017. An intention of cooperation has been established with the Discovery Channel in the U.S.A. and discussions have been held with Oculus Studio. The short video of the same name is made jointly with Miaopai.com. The books of the same name will be published. 

3

Pitch of silver award: Singing in the Wildness

Singing in the Wildness is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. The shooting will be completed at the end of 2017. Thanks to the bonus of Fresh Pitch, the shooting of the documentary will be constantly moved forward. It is prepared to be submitted to other international pitch conferences at present. 

4

Pitch of bronze award: Dear My Genius 

Dear My Genius(ROK) is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. It is recognized by Gunny, the general director of the Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) at Fresh Pitch and has secured abundant support in the broadcasting channels of ROK. Its 45-minute version, as one of the themed documentary series, will be broadcast by the National Geographic Channel of ROK in July and August, 2017. After the Fresh Pitch, contact has been maintained with the mainstream media and video websites as well as the production teams in China such as Yunji, LeTV, Ergeng Media Platform, Caixin.com and V.QQ.COM regarding its production in an international version. Meanwhile it was shortlisted to attend the pitch conference of the 2017 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). 

5

Pitch of bronze award: Madame Ching

Madame Ching (Vietnam) is a cinemagraph as well as a documentary about the arts. After Fresh Pitch, its shooting program has been adjusted. A more feasible director script and a shooting outline have been produced at present. It is in the continued search for broadcasting platforms and a joint producer. It has been submitted to the 2017 Hong Kong Seed Fund Plan, the pitch conference of marginal documentaries at the New Zealand Short Film Festival, the European Documentary Network (EDN) - 2017 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Film Producer Fund, Ejection Film Fund and 2017 Cross-border. The pitch has been made known to a public TV station of public broadcast in central Germany and ARTE, a public TV station cofounded by Germany and France through the decision-makers of Fresh Pitch and Owen, the film and media consultant of EDN. The director, Morgan, is currently negotiating the broadcasting rights with the above two TV stations. 

6

Pitch of bronze award: Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. It is at the shooting stage. After the Fresh Pitch, Youku is interested with the documentary and may join in the project as a joint producer and distributor.

7

Special pitch: Beijing Night

Beijing Night, an online short videos series, is the first series of a program entitled Must See launched by v.ifeng.com and has been released by websites such as v.ifeng.com, Youku, qq.com, Miaopai, Iqiyi.com and pptv. Recently, it has landed at Phoenix Satellite TV station in the Chinese version. The program Must See has completed three series: Beijing Night, Everyone Performs Amazing Job and The Wind of Pacific Ocean is welcoming cooperative funding at present. 

8

Shortlisted pitch: A Noodle Player in New York

A Noodle Player in New York is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. It is in the process of further refinement of the story script and structure. Its overall shooting has been completed. It will enter the post-production stage in May 2017 and will be delivered at the end of 2017. The director plans to submit the completed work to international film festivals for exhibition, to broadcast it on TV, and expects to produce a short video series for broadcast on network media.

9

Shortlisted pitch: Arks of Confucius

Arks of Confucius is a feature-length documentary, a documentary (TV) series and a humanity social documentary. It is at the post-production stage of editing and expected to be delivered in September 2017 and will be distributed by Cat& Docs, a French company. After Fresh Pitch, Arks of Confucius has been shortlisted to attend the pitch conference of 2017 Asian Side of the Documentary (ASD) and the venture capital investment conference of the Docs Port Inchon. It will also attend the pitch conferences of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. 

10

Shortlisted pitch: The Last Wild Rivers

The Last Wild Rivers is a natural geography documentary. It has established contacts with numerous media platforms at Fresh Pitch. At present, the shooting has not yet commenced. It was one of the Ten Excellent Chinese Story Pitches at the 2016 Guangzhou International Documentary Festival.

11

Shortlisted pitch: Jun and his children 

Jun and his children is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. It has secured partial funding for shooting from the Nanjing Radio and Broadcasting Group for sustained shooting work. It is expected to be completed at the end of 2017. Currently, the confirmed broadcasting platforms are Nanjing TV Station. Youku and LeTV have expressed the intention to broadcast it and are under discussions. 

12

Shortlisted pitch: Five Generations

Five Generations is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. Shooting has been completed and has entered the rough cut stage. It is still on the hunt for broadcasting platforms and a distribution agency.

13

Shortlisted pitch: The Daughter of Shanghai

The Daughter of Shanghai is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. One third of the shooting work has been completed. All shooting is expected to be done in March, 2018 and will be broadcast in early 2019. After Fresh Pitch, the discussions related to investment and cooperation with SMG Pictures will be held. At present, no broadcasting platforms are confirmed. Plans including the application for the license of films, distribution via cinemas of limited release and crowd funding as well as overseas distribution have been made.  

14

Shortlisted pitch: Peony Flowers

Peony Flowers is a feature-length documentary of the society & culture. Shooting is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. The discussions for broadcasting at Tencent are being held at present. It will make its premier at Tencent upon the delivery, with an unknown broadcasting time. 

15

Shortlisted pitch: Rebirth

Rebirth, documentary of the society & culture and the nature & geography, is at the stage of preliminary planning. The production and delivery are scheduled to be completed within a year.

16

Shortlisted pitch: Moving to Australia

Moving to Australia is a TV documentary series, a reality show and a documentary of the social investigation. It is currently at the stage of updating its form of program, conducting research for the characters, content polishing and shooting a trailer. The editing of the post-production stage will be carried out in May. It will be broadcasted in June. During the process it is open to any negotiations of high-quality cooperation.

17

Shortlisted pitch: Journey East with Archie Kao

Journey East with Archie Kao is a documentary (TV) series and a documentary about the arts. It is making headway with the shooting and production simultaneously. During the process the negotiations for cooperation with Suzhou TV Station are being held.

18

Shortlisted pitch: The Real Planet of the Apes

The Real Planet of the Apes is a CGI project and a documentary of the nature & geography and science & knowledge. It has not attended any pitch conferences for international documentaries after Fresh Pitch Dongshan. It is now moving ahead with shooting and editing while hunting for investment sources from the U.K. and is planning for overseas sales. 

19

Shortlisted pitch: Wild Rush

Wild Rush is a length-feature documentary, a documentary (TV) series and a documentary of the society & culture and arts. The character shooting is currently being carried out. The shooting plan for the next stage is scheduled to formally commence during the latter half of 2017. Its team is planning to make videos using extreme off-road content into a short video series and to launch and broadcast them at the proprietary platform and video websites. The negotiations of cooperation with IFENG.COM and Youku are currently being carried out. It has attended the Toronto International Documentary Film Festival in Canada for public exhibition. At the same time the team is considering attending the Huston Film Festival and other events, in order to carry out communication and exchanges with more international producers and distributors of documentaries, and is also searching for opportunities of cooperation to facilitate marketing activities. Fresh Pitch provides a platform of the voicing for Wild Rush, shows values of real image content, attracts social attention, paves the way and builds bridges for high-quality image content. Thus, a sound mechanism of exchanges may be developed and more possibilities of cooperation can be created. 

A majority of pitches attending the first Fresh Pitch have secured the support of on-the-spot decision-makers. Their production will be completed and will be broadcasted soon. The organizing committee will regularly call proposers of pitches and decision-makers to offer more professional services related to production and delivery.