Wath you’ll find at the TSFM
The Torino Short Film Market is a meeting place for professionals in the world of short films and digital content. It boasts an international flavor (400 accredited participants from 36 countries in 2017), a broad range of profiles, a series of meetings planned and overseen by the TSFM, and a friendly atmosphere. All of the events take place at the elegant venue of the Circolo dei Lettori.
The detailed event schedule will be posted early November. In line with the past two editions, the main focus will be on new developments in the international shorts scene, and on opportunities to implement projects and sell films. In addition to its wide selection of talks, the TSFM is organizing four pitch sessions, which form the backbone of the market.
The pitch sessions
A pitch session for the development of VR and digital series projects. The selected projects will be presented in 7-minute pitches to potential producers and investors. After the pitch sessions, one-on-one meetings will be set up between the pitchers and the participants.
This uniquely effective format grew out of the realization that feature films and TV series often derive from shorts. The pitch session has two phases: a short film is screened, after which the production project (for a feature film or TV series) is presented as deriving from the short. The notion of “deriving from the short” means that there is a direct connection with the short film (characters, setting, plot, etc.). Short films, much more so than teasers, can offer a glimpse of how their future feature film or TV series will look and unfold. The director or screenwriter will have 7 minutes to present the project and, after the pitch session, will participate in one-on-one meetings with the invited producers.
Distributors meet buyers
The first-ever pitch session for shorts distributors. The selected distributors will face an audience of buyers, mainly for TV and VoD, and give 7-minute presentations of their catalogs, including film clips and new items. After the pitch session, they’ll be able to meet each buyer in a forum of one-on-one meetings.
Pitch Your Fest!
Festivals are an essential platform for shorts. That’s why the TSFM has devised a pitch session for short film festivals. In front of an audience made up of producers, distributors and directors, festivals that showcase short films will have 7 minutes to explain why it makes sense to apply and, more importantly, take full part in their event.
Four days of morning-to-evening screenings of international short film programs. The dual goal of screening these shorts programs is to sell the films and to show them in festivals. Only accredited participants can attend the screenings, which take place in a private room with preferential access to buyers and festival programmers.
In collaboration with Proxima, a Milan-based company specializing in virtual reality productions, the TSFM will provide accredited participants with a selection of VR content. Access to the VR programs will be granted onsite, after signing up at the VR desk.
During the TSFM, workstations will be set up where the market’s film database can be consulted. The TSFM’s video library, unlike those of other short film markets, results from a careful and deliberate selection: the films have been classified according to several criteria (topic, style, etc.) in order to facilitate access to the contents. The library will remain online and available to accredited participants for six months after the TSFM ends.
All You Need Is Short
As part of the Torino Film Festival, the TSFM is in charge of All You Need is Short, a space dedicated to screening an international selection of shorts that have not yet been shown in Italy, with a special focus on young and original filmmakers. All You Need is Short is curated by Massimiliano Nardulli and Enrico Vannucci.
Throughout the TSFM, participants in the day’s activities will be invited to a lunch and a cocktail. Due to limited space, the invitation is not extended to all of the professionals present. The different rooms of the Circolo dei Lettori will be at the disposal of the accredited participants for all four days of the market, making it much easier for encounters to happen. In addition, the TSFM will organize various opportunities for people to meet one another, such as evening social gatherings, to be communicated at a later stage.
All accredited participants in the TSFM will be provided access to the market’s network two weeks prior to the event, enabling them set up their appointments beforehand. All you need to do is enter the computer system, and then look for the person you wish to meet, either by category (e.g. ‘buyer’) or simply inserting their name. The individual’s file will appear, with an email address for direct contact.
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