Last year, we were delighted to host Good Pitch Europe. The event took place at the Black Diamond on Copenhagen’s beautiful waterfront on the 24th of March 2017.

The Good Pitch programme is made by BRITDOC. The event brought together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues to forge coalitions and campaigns that can lead to positive change. For further information on what the programme provides, take a look here

This edition marked the climax of a three year programme of investment and commitment to the filmmaker and changemaker community across the Nordic region. At CPH:DOX we were happy to host Good Pitch Europe 2017, but moreover we are actively building a sustainable network of funds and organizations in the Nordic region with a committed belief in the potential of art to create personal, social and political change.

After undergoing a tough round of applications the following six films were presented at Good Pitch Europe 2017:

Even When I Fall (UK; director: Sky Neal)
When the War Comes (Czech Republic; director: Jan Gebert)
Last Men in Aleppo (Syria/Denmark; directors: Feras Fayyad & Steen Johannessen)
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas (Sweden; director: Joakim Demmer)
Femimam (Denmark; director: Marie Skovgaard)
Thank You For the Rain (Norway/Kenya; directors: Julia Dahr & Kisilu Musya)

These urgent stories from around the globe include the exploration of the rise of an ultra nationalist youth movement in Slovakia, two years spent with the band of friends and neighbours as they try to survive the siege of Aleppo, a Kenyan farmer’s moving account of resistance from the frontline of climate change, inside the creation of the first mosque in Europe run by female Imams, the remarkable journey of a group of artists and child trafficking survivors from Nepal, and a cautionary tale of international development policy gone awry with an expose of land-grabbing in Ethiopia.

For more information on the projects and the teams behind them, check them out here.

The European edition was made possible by the generous support of Creative Europe, Culture Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Democracy & Media Foundation, Fritt Ord Foundation, Kone Foundation, Nordisk Film & TV Fund, Finnish Film Foundation, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, AVEK Foundation.