Civil Society Pitch 2017 – One World Romania 10th Edition | Information and Registration Form for Civil Society Members

Why should you apply?

Nongovernmental organizations are constantly trying to raise awareness about violations of human rights and to make their work as visible as possible. This is why audiovisual materials are among the strongest advocacy tools available. CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH encourages the production of new documentaries and quality artistic research projects with a high social impact, which can bring before a wide audience the very issues, and stories that you are trying to promote and which rarely reach the media. Furthermore, in Romania, as well as in the rest of Eastern Europe, there are a scarce number of quality documentaries that deal with diverse topics from the field of human rights.


It is worth mentioning that we are not encouraging civil society members to become film producers and to restrict filmmakers’ artistic freedom. Nevertheless, activists have the best understanding of the local socio-political context and issues, as well as of the human stories that underlie them. We hope that this unusually structured event, which brings professionals from both fields (cinematography and human rights) face to face, will prove to be a source of inspiration for new and influential documentary films. We encourage you to exchange know-how with filmmakers and establish long-term collaborations.


How does it work?

The festival’s team, together with the workshop tutors: Mikael Opstrup, Head of Studies- European Documentary Network (EDN); Hanka Kastelicova, Executive Producer of Documentaries- HBO Europe and Ana Alexieva, Balkan Documentary Center Project Manager, will select participants from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary based on the registration forms submitted until 24th of February 2017. They will take into account the importance and relevance of the topics proposed (both at a local level and within a wider European context) and their potential to inspire filmmakers to create documentary films. They will also base their decision on the applicants’ (be it NGOs or individuals) experience in the field of human rights, as well as the access to information and people related to the topic they present. Before the workshop, participants will benefit from individual online tutoring sessions to help them prepare for pitching their ideas.


The event will take place between 18th and 19th of March 2017 in Bucharest, as part of the 10th edition of One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. During the two days workshop, human rights activists will have a chance to present to local and foreign film directors, producers, artists and experts, ideas that can be transformed into documentary films from their field of work. The pitches will be based on familiar topics to which civil society members have direct access and which they have documented over time. In the second part of the workshop, the presentations will be followed by discussions between civil society representatives and filmmakers, in the form of speed dating sessions and, at the end, the filmmakers themselves will have the opportunity to present their artistic perspective of the documentary ideas proposed by the activists. Throughout the workshop, there will also be special sessions held by the tutors, as well as a case study of the film The Invisibles with the winning team of the Civil Society Pitch 2016 pilot edition.


Who can apply?

Nongovernmental organizations, associations, foundations or individuals engaged in the fight to defend human rights in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. They can propose diverse local topics to which they have access and which they have documented over time.


How do you apply?

To register for CIVIL SOCIETY PITCH 2017, please fill out this ONLINE FORM. The form must be filled out in English. The entire workshop will be conducted in English. If you wish to apply with several ideas or topics, please fill out a form for each separately. Each organization or individual may submit a maximum of three ideas. The registration deadline is Friday, 24th of February 2017.


For participants outside of Bucharest, One World Romania will offer up to 3 nights of accommodation and subsistence. Participants will have to cover the transport costs.


We may contact you during the selection process in order to request more information about the topic(s) you have submitted.


Contact: Laura Orlescu/ +40 722 488 128/


The Civil Society Pitch 2017 programme partners are the Balkan Documentary Center and The VERZIO International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest.

 Civil Society Pitch 2017 is carried out with the support of HBO Romania and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in Romania.

The support offered by the Royal Danish Embassy reinforces the country’s candidature for a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2019-2021 and promotes the priorities set by the candidature: dignity, dialogue and development in the fight for human rights.