4 - 6 JUNE




International Pitching Forum


Celtic Media Festival is delighted to announce the launch of the international pitching forum for 2019, introducing a development prize of £10,000 for the winning pitch. The CMF International Pitching Forum, in association with XPO North and the Canada Media Fund takes place at Celtic Media Festival in Aviemore, Scotland, from the 4th-6th of June. 

Celtic Media Festival is delighted to announce that following on from its success since its launch in 2016, they are bringing back their International Pitching Forum, in association with XPO North and the Canada Media Fund for the Festival in 2019 which will take place in the historic setting of Aviemore, Scotland.

In 2019, the festival will strengthen its International links, this year working with the Canada Media Fund and hosting delegates from Canada. Canadian producers and broadcasters will attend Celtic Media Festival to take part in the International Pitching Forum, providing Celtic delegates with opportunities to do business on an international stage.    

The International Pitching Forum in 2019 will host delegates from Canada for the opportunity of international co-productions and for the first time this year the panellists will pick a ‘winning’ pitch. This pitch will receive development money of £10,000 and does not preclude any other productions from gaining commissions and funding from broadcasters. 

This year focussing on Factual Programming, Producers are invited to submit their proposals to pitch@celticmediafestival.co.uk from the 28th of September 2018.

A Proposal Pitching Round will be announced which will close on the 31st of March 2019 at midnight and a short list of submissions will be selected for the presentation of live pitches.  The live pitches will be held at the CMF in Aviemore in closed session with only the Forum moderators, the Forum decision makers and the selected producer/team present at each pitch.


The CMF International Pitching Forum FAQ

What is the Forum?   

The Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum, in association with XPO North, is an exciting initiative from Celtic Media Festival, designed to widen the scale of commissioning opportunities for independent production companies.


To encourage a culture of international commissioning amongst producers in the Celtic countries, between the countries, but also globally.

Who can enter?                     

Any independent production company or individual can enter the first round to be in with a chance of pitching to an international panel of commissioner/decision makers.

How do you enter?    

Entries to Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum will open on the 15th of September. Companies/Individuals are invited to enter all relevent materials to pitch@celticmediafestival.co.uk

What kind of programmes?  

This year the Pitching Forum to Factual Programmes. Duration and amount of episodes should be suggested by the producer.

Who chooses who pitches?    

A neutral panel including Festival Director of the Celtic Media Festival will choose the final 6.

Do I have to buy a ticket?

Yes. Due to space issues, if you are successful in getting through to the pitching stage, we request that you register as a full delegate in order to attend the pitching forum. 

What do I need to submit?

We would like to see a synopsis of the project you want to submit, as well as any other details you might have at this stage, for example confirmed contributors, budgets, funding already in place, production partners etc. We would also like to hear about you, your production company, previous projects etc. This can all be emailed to pitch@celticmediafestival.co.uk

What about the prize?

For the 2019 Festival, Celtic Media Festival is delighted to be able to offer up to £10,000 in development money to the "winning" pitch. We're delighted to be able to offer this prize to the winning pitch. 

If I don't win, can I still get a commission?

Yes! Even if you don't win the main prize, you will still be pitching to broadcasters who are not precluded from commissioning your project, even if you don't win the prize money. 

And that’s it?                          

Yes, but we are happy to listen to your queries!


For any other queries, or if you’d like to get more detail, please email pitch@celticmediafestival.co.uk, or call the CMF office on 0044(0)1415535409


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