The Catalan Audio-visual Cluster and several Catalan universities have agreed to launch the first University-Industry Audio-visual Pitching, a platform conceived to give university students an opportunity to present their best projects in development to the audio-visual industry. This was the first time that a global agreement has been signed between the communication faculties of Catalonia and the industry, represented by the Audio-visual Cluster.
On October 21st and 22nd, after a pre-selection of projects (selected first by the universities and second by the industry), 27 fiction films, documentary films and new media formats will be pitched to some of the sixty companies from the Catalan audio-visual world.
A pitch session consists of a short presentation of an audio-visual project to potential donors. The pitch is aimed at capturing their attention and thus starting negotiations for a possible funding or collaboration agreement. The aim of this pioneering initiative is to facilitate the professionalization of the students in the final phase of Audio-visual Communication and/or Filmmaking undergraduate or master’s degrees. It also aims to build bridges in order to facilitate the incorporation of the new university class into the industry and to spot emerging talent.
The 12 participating universities will be the Autonomous University of Barcelona-UAB, Barcelona University-UB, Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University, Pompeu Fabra-UPF, Rovira i Virgili University-URV, University of Lleida-UDL, University of Vic-UVic, International University of Catalonia- UIC, La Salle Campus-Ramon Llull University, Abad Oliba University, ERAM University School (University of Girona) and Polytechnic University of Mataro-Tecnocampus. Other universities are expected to join the project soon.
The first edition of the University-Industry Audio-visual Pitching Session will be held at the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) on the 21st and 22nd of October.