Sun 12 Feb 2006
michael, there are a few events each year that present good
opportunities to meet commissioning editors. one is the ifp market in
ny. another is sunny side of the doc, in marseille.
a better one is the toronto documentary forum on may 3 & 4, which is
part of hot docs. it's a two-day pitching forum, and you still have
time to apply as an observer. all the top ce's are there and there's
ample opportunity to meet with them briefly and introduce yourself
during the breaks and lunches. if you have your sample with you on
dvd, they may just take it back with them. or, if you mail it to them
later, presumably it's already on their radar.
there's also the original pitching forum in amsterdam, as part of
idfa. these events are expensive, of course, but kind of the price of
doing business when it comes to raising gobs of funding for your doc.