Dig Pitch

With its Pitch, DIG annually awards a video investigation / reportage project in development or pre-production, focused on issues of international relevance. The finalist authors present their project in front of DIG’s international jury and an audience of observers made up of broadcasters, producers and commissioning editors, in a public pitching session to be held at the DIG Festival.

During the pitch, the authors will have a maximum of 5 minutes to expose – in English – the content of the project and a maximum of 3 minutes to show a teaser that presents the topic, the characters, the setting and the style of the story. The presentation will be followed by a Jury question session. In addition to the quality and originality of the subject, the Jury will consider the actual possibility of carrying out the project and its economic sustainability.
In preparation for the pitch, the finalists will be able to participate in a free training session, led by tutors with international experience, led by Susanne Reber and Serena Tinari.

Vulture’s Nest

Adriana Cardoso

In Spain, housing is no longer a right, but a financial asset. Houses without people and people without houses. Vulture funds are drawing this situation and the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic is the perfect canvas. Spain is only the battlefield of a global war. Its low legislation and high dependence on the real estate market, makes Spain the perfect first victim of the vulture funds. However, other international markets are starting to become the following targets. Government and investment funds on one side. On the other, activists and the people that resist. 

Searching for lost cells

Valeria Mazzucchi, Antoine Harari, Lorenzo Bagnoli

Imagine a cell bank containing more than 330000 stem cells samples ceasing activity from one day to the next. Then locate it in Switzerland and find out there wasn’t any control over the quality of the storage or even the location of those cells. Add to the story an initial down payment of 3000 euros per umbilical cord stored which leads you to more than 3 billion euros that have now disappeared.

Mungiki: a multitude of reasons

Niccolò Natali, Peter Wangugi Gitau

The Mungiki movement is often referred to as Kenya’s Cosa Nostra – however, reality is more complex, and Mungiki means different things to different people. As elections loom and the movement grows from rural Kenya to Nairobi’s middle class, filmmaker Peter Wangugi Gitau searches for its true definition in an attempt to retrace his cultural identity.

Munduruku

Joana Moncau

Two Munduruku women – a tribal leader and a lawyer – fight to stop Bolsonaro’s projects in the Amazon. An invisible poison threatens their people’s survival: the mercury which used to extract gold from their territory. Their struggle to protect the Amazon rainforest is for the whole of humanity. This is a David vs. Goliath fight for the rainforest.

Dockworkers

Perla Sardella

A group of dockworkers of the Port of Genoa, united under the name CALP (Autonomous Dockworkers Collective), decides that ships carrying war weapons are not welcome in their docks: they’ll be used in the Yemen conflict and they don’t want any part, even if indirectly, in it. They’re striking  and fighting against the authorities, with the support of some unions and other organisations, because their hands won’t be loading or unloading those cargos anymore.

El Coqui presidente

Marco Salustro

As the Chavez and Maduro governments were unable to effectively address crime and corruption problems , in an attempt to pacify the country “peace zones” were established. Many of these so-called “peace zones” turned to feuds of drug lords who in fact rule those areas as microstates.

The Last Drop

Silvia Storchi

In spite of potential triggered seismicity and groundwater contamination, oil companies carry on drilling, complicit public institutions. In northern Italy, a group of citizens who were left homeless by the last earthquakes, lead us to question environmental and civil security around hydrocarbon activities.

International Arbitration Unlimited

Alexander Damiano Ricci e Giovanni Culmone

After having participated in a political revolution that transformed their country for the better, a group of Armenia citizens decides to block a gold mine in the Southern Armenian province of Vayots Dzor due to environmental concerns. The fact triggers a reaction of Lydian International Ltd., a multinational business which is backed by Western private and public investors and with headquarters more than eight thousand kilometres away.

A real supreme

Francesca Sironi e Alberto Gottardo

An unknown Italian entrepreneur is fooling some of the coolest brands in the world. For years no one’s been able to stop him. But now a quiet taxman is ready to settle old scores.

Criminal with ties

Jair Cabrera e Rodrigo Hernandez

The face of drug trafficking in Mexico has changed. It controls the poor neighborhoods and the drugs, but also the big companies, and the legal businesses like avocado or construction. New face but same victims. This is the story of a community that stood against them.