Today's online pitch event - available now to WATCH ABOVE!

Docs Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen are offering one of six documentary film projects from new, emerging and established filmmakers, to receive an award of up to £7,500 towards a pilot for a documentary feature.

Our panel of leading experts was led by Lucy Baxter (Producer, Darkley Films and Lecturer in film practice QUB), Andrew Reid (Head of Production, Northern Ireland Screen), Rachel Hooper (Award Winning Documentary Producer) and Greg Darby (Managing Director Yellowmoon).


The panel were very impressed with the quality of all the pitches. Congratulations to everyone that participated. 

AND THE WINNER …of the Docs Ireland 2020, Northern Ireland Screen Feature Development Pitch Award is:

The Last Balkan Cowboy

Directed by Dragana Jurisic, Produced by Anna Rodgers & Zlata Filipovic

In search of cult hero Hari Dzekson, a Balkan Western film director, Dublin based and Croatian-born artist and photographer Dragana Jurisic retraces his mythical story, and decides to reenact one of his films using the local population as actors from both sides of the ethnic divide. Returning to the home which she fled, she follows a ghost through a county of Yugoslavia that has long since disappearred.



Confirmation Bias (Working Title)

Directed by Nicky Larkin, Producer Emma-Rosa Dias

Two opposing narrators depart on seperatejourneys to present alternative answers to a provocative question…who are the Irish, and where did we cone from? Ultimately leaving the viewer to decide which version of the truth they prefer.

Searching For Space

Directed by Cara Holmes, Produced by Evan Horan

An intimate portrayl of a community of activists, creative artists and misfits told through lesbian lines – one of teh oldest LGBT + helplines in the world.

Shay: The life and Campaigns of Shay Cullen

Directed by Mia Mullarkey, Produced by Collie McCarthy

Fr. Shay Cullen has spent five decades rescuing exploited children from the sex industry and adult prisons in the Phillippines. This feature documentary is an intimate portrait of a humanitarian hero.

Smokin’ Joe’s Irish Knockout!!

Directed by Gerard Stratton & Joe Lindsay, Produced by Eamon Devlin

Heavy – weight Champion of the World Joe Frazier embarked on a musical tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles. With disastrous results.

Force Drift

Directed by Tom Besley

A reconstruction of events surrounding a secretive British torture programme in Northern Ireland frames an examination of the evolution of state violence.