The Global Pitching Academy aims to support up-and-coming documentary producers interested in venturing into the global market. In addition to lectures by renowned documentary producers, directors, and experts from Korea and abroad, the Academy offers a specialized and personalized curriculum through its one-to-one mentoring service.
DateJuly. 24(Wed) ~ Aug. 20(True)
VenueKorea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), EBS Space Hall, Aram Nuri Library, and Bitmaru.
- ORIENTATION (Instructor Kam Gary Byung-seok, Kim Sun-ah, Ha Sinae)
Storytelling & Narrative (Instructor Kam Gary Byung-seok)
Pitching 101 -Introduction & Pitching Proposal (Instructor Kim Sun-ah)
Seniors Homecomingwith Q&A (All Instructors)
DocumentaryStorytelling Modes (Instructor Kim Sun-ah)
Production Team& Pitching Platforms (Instructor Kim Sun-ah)
Trailer (Instructor Kam Gary Byung-seok)
How to Pitch (Instructor Imamura Ken-ichi)
Working BetterTogether : Essential Rights andContracts (Instructor Ha Sinae)
Budgeting andFinancing (Instructor Oh HeeJung)
How I Work with AsianFilmmakers (Instructor Imamura Ken-ichi)
One-to-One Meeting (Instructor Ha Sinae, Oh HeeJung)
Case Studies 1 (Instructor Stella van Voorst vanBeest)
Planner Feedback (Instructor Stephanie McArthur)
Pitching Practice (All Instructors)
Hot Docs IndustryBriefing (Instructor Stephanie McArthur)
Case Studies 2 (Instructor Stella van Voorst vanBeest)
Young Pitch (All Instructors)
Kam Gary Byung-seok
Kam Gary Byung-seok is a documentary producer based in Asia. He has produced a number of documentaries including the official film of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Crossing Beyond (2018), In the Absence (2018), which won the Digital Storytelling Award at the 2019 World Press Photo Contest and Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC; Breathing Underwater (2016); and Planet of Snail (2011), which won Best Feature-Length Documentary Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). He is currently working on several feature-length documentaries in Korea, the Philippines, and Nepal, while preparing his directorial debut with a documentary shot in India.
Kim Sunah earned a BA in Communications in Korea and an MA in Film in the US. In 2006, she began working with Korean documentary productions as a field producer in New York. Over the past 12 years, she has worked on more than 60 documentaries, which have aired on major TV networks in Korea. She produced and directed a number of TV series that were aired on five cable channels in the US. In 2014, Kim moved back to Korea and participated in many prestigious documentary programs in Korea and Europe, including IDFA Film Forum and Summer School. Currently, she is working on international co-production projects.
Oh Hee-jung previously oversaw the international distribution of Factory Complex, Weekends, and Family in the Bubble. She began her career as a documentary producer with For Vagina's Sake (2017). Having produced The Plan (2017) and Intention (2018), she now specializes in international co-production, based on the extensive network that she has built in Europe, and continues her effort to produce works on the border between fiction and nonfiction that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.
After completing her first international co-production documentary, Here Comes Uncle Joe (2010), Ha Sinae founded the documentary production company Boda Media Group. Ha co-produced Reach for the SKY with a Belgian production company-a film that follows several Korean high school seniors and graduates throughout their 2-year journey in preparing for the national university entrance exam. It was screened in the competition section of the Busan International Film Festival in 2015. Ha is currently directing The Primate Citizen, a creative documentary about the orangutan Sandra who is considered a non-human person.
Imamura Ken-ichi entered NHK in 1983. He was the commissioning editor of the slot "World Documentary" from 2009 until 2012. Since 2012 he has been working at NHK Enterprises, where he is an executive producer in charge of developing co-productions. In 2011, he started Tokyo Docs, which is the only international documentary festival in Japan with a pitching program.
Stephanie McArthur is a ten-year veteran of industry programming at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. She oversees Hot Docs' Emerging Filmmaker Lab Doc Accelerator and manages the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for African filmmakers, Hot Docs' own crowd-funding initiative Doc Ignite, and the Canadian Storytellers Project, which is supported by Netflix. Previously, she worked in Singapore as Associate Producer of the Asia Factual Forum (2007), was Head of Programming for the inaugural DocFest Stratford (2008), and served on the jury for the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Stella van Voorst van Beest
Stella van Voorst van Beest studied Social History at Erasmus University and Documentary Filmmaking and Editing at the Dutch Film Academy. She works as a director and editor. The films she made in cooperation with the visual artist Freek Drent were shown as part of installations in the Kunsthal and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. She has also made various short and long documentaries including Good Neighbours, which premiered at IDFA and will be shown in Dutch cinemas. In 1995 she founded Popifilm with Lukas Simonis, a non-profit foundation that set as a goal to show films that were seldom or never shown in the theaters such as experimental, art, and cult films.