Monday, October 6, 2014

Below ZERO 2015 is calling all filmmakers

Projects selected for Below ZERO will pitch to a panel of international decision makers as well as compete for The Arctic Documentary Award and The Below Zero Award.

Below ZERO is an international pitching session for documentary projects focusing on life above the Arctic Circle. It takes place on January 14-17, 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. At the session a wide range of documentary projects on all subjects related to this matter will be pitched. These can be projects focusing on culture, environment, resources, politics, climate changes and indigenous peoples as well as general human stories.

In addition to pitching to international financiers the projects selected for Below ZERO will be competing for two awards. The Arctic Documentary Award, NOK 40000, is granted to the project, which has the best political, environmental or cultural relevance to the Arctic and has an international potential for financing and distribution. The Below Zero Award, NOK 10.000, is given for the most innovative project.

Filmmakers from all over the world are welcome to submit projects for Below ZERO. Stories with a broad international market appeal are preferred. From the submitted project proposals a maximum of 12 projects will be selected for participation. The working language will be English.

For Below ZERO a number of observer seats are available. When participating as an observer you will take part in all sessions on equal terms with the pitching participants. Only exception is not having a concrete project developed and pitched.

Further details on Below ZERO and how to submit your Arctic documentary project are available at the EDN web site here:

Background on Below ZERO
The Below ZERO event was initiated in 2009 in order to bring together filmmakers, producers, financiers and organizations whose common interest is documentaries thematically rooted in the Northern Polar region. Building on the success of the first six editions of Below ZERO, this seventh edition will further strengthen and develop the international network for documentaries made around or focusing on the Arctic region. Below ZERO is set in Tromsø, Northern Norway, during the last days of the polar night. Below ZERO is organised by EDN – European Documentary Network. The event takes place in the framework of Tromso International Film Festival.

About EDN

EDN - European Documentary Networkis a member-based organisation for professionals working with documentary film and television. The organization has about 1000 members from more than 60 countries and is involved in over 50 documentary events every year. More about EDN

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