FILMER FORGE is the industry program of IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival which includes: educational modules, industry meetings, short film market, pitching training and pitching sessions, an interdisciplinary conference, and a range of opportunities for formal and informal networking.

The platform brings together emerging and established filmmakers, producers, distributors, agents, broadcasters, exhibitors, festival programmers, representatives of funding bodies, etc. to find collaborators for their current and upcoming projects.

FILMER FORGE PITCH is an international session for public presentation of short film projects in any stage of development. The initiative provides the participants opportunities to find new collaborators and/or compete for financial grant in a support of their projects. FILMER FORGE PITCH programme is running for 3 days and includes pitching training, national and international pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities.

More information about structure, regulations and how to submit a project you can find below. 

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FILMER FORGE PITCH is running in 3 days and consists of the following activities:

FILMER FORGE PITCH is running in 3 days and consists of the following activities:

• Pitching training for selected participants

Pitching trainings are held a day before the pitching sessions. International tutors - active film industry professionals - are invited to share their experience in film projects public presentations and to navigate participants how to improve their pitching skills.

• Pitching session for National and International projects

Bulgarian and foreign filmmakers, writers and producers who seek producing, co-producing, funding, and development opportunities for their current or upcoming short film are invited to apply. The most promising projects will have the opportunity to take part in the International Projects Pitch.

Up to 10 not selected projects` representatives will be invited to continue their experience as FILMER FORGE PITCH`s professional audience. They will be able to take part and benefit from the other networking initiatives of the programme.

The winning Bulgarian, or Bulgarian co-produced short film will be rewarded with: 

●  10 000 BGN in cash provided by LACHEZAR TSOTSORKOV FOUNDATION;

●  10 000 BGN for camera equipment provided by FOUR ELEMENTS Production and Service Company;

● 5 000 BGN for PR services provided by 8 PM PR Studio.

The Pitch

On both pitching panels, each project team/representative will have up to 7 min - to present their project. There will be an additional time for the jury to ask up to 3 questions. The competition focus will be on the originality of the concept, the artistic and production potential of the project, and on how convincing was the pitch itself.

• One-to-one meetings in 2 phases:

1. Speed dating with pitching panelists

To ensure that all projects receive feedback, the programme is initiating “speed dating” meetings between pitched projects` representatives and the panel members (pitching jury members).

2. One-to-one meetings with potentially interested collaborators.



Who can apply:

Film professionals who seek producing, co-producing, funding, and development opportunities for their current or upcoming short film.

Eligible participants must have gained an educational degree in any subject in filmmaking (Film Directing, Producing, Script Writing, etc.) and/or have at least 2 completed short films released to festivals and been programmed in official selection of international film festivals.

Participants from all countries are eligible to submit a short film project.

Only producers or other project rights holders can submit film projects.



Short film projects in any stage of development (incl. concept/idea) are accepted.

Maximum estimated duration of the accepted short film projects must not exceed 30 min.

Short film projects in fiction, documentary, animation, experimental genre and mixture of them are eligible to apply.

Secured funding by third parties is not an obligatory condition to submit a project.

Please, provide us a link to a zipped folder titled by the name of the short film project and containing the following materials:

1. Synopsis, treatment, and script.

2. Short biography, photo of director/writer and contacts (phone number and email).

3. Director's statement of artistic choices (image, sound, music, cast, etc.).

4. Production company: profile and selected filmography (if applicable).

5. Short biography and photo of producer and contacts (phone number and email).

6. Producer's statement and strategy for producing this film.

7. Confirmation of secured funding (letter of intent, positive notice, grant, etc.) - if applicable.

8. Confirmation of educational degree completed and/or official festival selection of 2 previous short films.

9. Any visuals (storyboard, locations, rough cut, animatic, etc.) that will support the application.

The deadline for applying is 17th of March 2022.
Please send the materials requested to



Film projects will be taken into a consideration only if in compliance with the following:

1. Answer to eligible criteria

2. Provided all requested information and materials

 Any applicant submitting a project to FILMER FORGE PITCH commits to attend the event in person in case of selection.

FILMER FORGE PITCH accepts the attendance of up to 2 representatives per a project.