On Monday, March 22, the Audiovisual Cluster of Catalonia held the first International Open Talent Pitching in hybrid format, broadcast in streaming from Barcelona and with the participation of professionals and audiovisual producers from Belgium, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom and France. Among them, there are Kinomada (Québec) or ALIEF Films (United Kingdom), responsible for works of authorship selected at various world-renowned festivals, such as SXSW, the Malaga Film Festival, the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) , or the Sitges Festival. The event was moderated by David Matamoros, a well-known Oscar-winning producer and also a mentor to the show.
The projects presented come from 4 different universities (La Salle, UAB, UPF and Blanquerna) and previously competed in the Pitching Audiovisual University-Industry in the fiction categories (two real image and two animation), non-fiction and television formats . Thus, the young people responsible for the projects Tripple Nipple, El Escudo de Sherwood, 11, Identidad Digital, Ergasía, Part of You and Meet the Star presented them to this panel of international audiovisual producers. The professionals established links with similar projects in their respective countries of origin and agreed to highlight the good level of the presentations and their interest for the international industry in a very positive overall assessment.
Open Talent is a mentoring program for projects participating in the Pitching Audiovisual University – Industry with special potential for the national and international markets. After a training process to improve these projects, the program concludes with the International Pitching, until now held in person on the sets of international correspondents in Brussels, which this year reaches a greater projection thanks to digital technologies.