Sabah Pitching Training & Awards

Date: 15 – 16 July 2017

What is it?

Sabah Pitching Training & Awards is a platform for filmmakers from the ASEAN region, Korea & Taiwan to launch new feature-length documentary film projects (60 mins plus).

Participants learn how to pitch and then make a pitch to a jury in order to get funding to move on to the next stage in the making of their film.

Who is it for?

Producers/directors from ASEAN countries, Korea and Taiwan.

Participants can pitch directly to potential financiers from the region, raise the visibility and market viability of their projects, look for co-producers, financiers, buyers.

The KKIFF is looking for 12 documentary film projects to be part of the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards 2017. Applications close on 31 May 2017.

What can be won?
  1. RM8,000 – best pitch for feature-length documentary film
  2. RM8,000 – best pitch for a Sabahan project
  3. DMZ Docs – selection of one project to pitch for DMZ Docs Fund in Korea
  4. Goethe-Institut Malaysia – selection of one project to pitch in Leipzig. If a suitable project is pitched, The Goethe-Institut will support flight, hotel, per diem and pitching/festival fees for going to Leipzig.

Programme Outline

Sabah Pitching Training & Awards – programme outline

  1. Prepare your pitch – at the Pitching Workshops on Saturday, 15 July with your trainer, Nick Deocampo (Philippines) – receive systematic pitching training.
  2. Practise your pitch – at the Pitching Tutorials – Saturday, 15 July and the morning of Sunday, 16 July – individual and small group sessions with mentors.
  3. Present your pitch – to the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards Jury on Sunday afternoon, 16 July – structured as 5-7 minutes of pitching, followed by 8 minutes of comments, questions and discussion from the jury.
  4. Presentation of awards – will be at Awards Night, Sunday, 16 July.

July 15 (Saturday)
9.00am-12noon Prepare your pitch Workshops – hands-on training Nick Deocampo
1.00pm-4.00pm Practise your pitch Tutorials – Personal coaching Individual / small group
July 16 (Sunday)
9.00am-12noon Practise your pitch Tutorials Individual / small group
1.00pm-5.00pm Present your pitch Pitching Sabah Pitching Training Jury
7.00pm Presentation of awards Awards Night

Please note: observers are welcome

What to pitch?
  • A new documentary film project – feature-length (60 minutes plus)
  • The projects must respond to the following criteria:

    • the director must have already made one or more short films
    • the script of the project must be completed
    • there must be a complete budget break-down for the project
    • the date of shoot must be stipulated
Who is on the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards Jury?

Commissioned editors, broadcasters, distributors, investors

How to apply?

Make a submission using the KKIFF 2017 on-line application form.

Submissions close on 31 May 2017.
Announcement of selected film projects – 9 June 2017.

Incentives to join

Incentives to join the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  1. The KKIFF is willing to cover the cost of accommodation for 3 nights (14, 15, 16 July) in Kota Kinabalu for 1 or 2 people on each film project being pitched at the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards – for those who come from outside Kota Kinabalu.

If you have any questions, contact: Jude – 014 3514298 or Hazli – 016 5522435 or email us: