Bio to B

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Bologna, 14th-16th June 2018

Last Deadline: April, 23th 

Submissions for 2018 edition of Bio To B are open! The fifth edition of Bio To B will take place June 15th – 17th 2018 in Bologna, during Biografilm Festival. 

The 2018 Bio To B call invites projects which are either documentary or fictional biographies / biopics feature films (intended for theatrical release), European productions or co-productions, which are in the final stages, either a work in progress or a rough cut. The final format of the film must be of a minimum duration of 50 minutes. Short and medium-length projects are not included.

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Bio to B – Doc & Biopic Business Meeting is the annual event which Biografilm Festival – International Celebration of Lives, dedicates to networking between cinema professionals. The objective is to promote and support Italian and European productions of documentaries, biographies and biopics.

Cinema professionals from all over Europe meet during the three days of activity of networking and business. Pitching sessions, from 18 European filmmakers will take place in front of sales agents, international distributors, commissioning editors, directors of international festivals and representatives from the major TV channels.

From the top sellers eight made up the jury for this year’s event and assigned three grants for the best projects presented: Best European Project, Best Italian Project, Best Project from Emilia-Romagna. With the possibility to win in more than one category.

DOK Leipzig - International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film will be partner of Bio To B: Festival director Leena Pasanen will award the team of one of the selected projects with an invitation to DOK Leipzig & its Industry Programme, covering festival passes and accomodation for the team (for two team members up to 3 nights).


The 18/20 selected projects will participate in dedicated activities, that will give them the opportunity to find the right sales agent and international partner: 

  • Fine tuning your project presentation, by international director and producer Stefano Tealdi: personal advice on how best to present your project. How not to overrun, how to identify the key points of a project, engage in interesting dialogues with other team members and develop a relationship between the film material and the spoken presentation. This activity is mandatory and is reserved for the representatives of the selected projects, it will be held on the 12th and the 13th of June 2018.
  • 20 minutes to sell your film, moderated by international director and producer Stefano Tealdi  - A public presentation of the pitch which will be broken-down into film material, presentation of the project (directors notes, production structure, team members, etc.) and finally a Q&A between the pitch team, the jury and industry guests. The duration of the video material is at the discretion of the participant, but must necessarily be between 8 and 10 minutes maximum. The video material must have English subtitles. This will take place between during Bio to B – 14th-16th June 2018. All presentations will be made in English.
  • One-to-one meetings - The opportunity to discuss projects in more depth one a one-to-one level between pitch teams and industry guests. These will take place between during Bio to B – 14th-16th June 2018. 
  • Awards Ceremony: public moment during which the three prizes will be awarded by the international jury. This event will be held on the 16th of June 2018.

The two nominated representatives of selected projects will have two accreditations Bio To B – Industry Pitch Team reserved for them. Accommodation will also be included. 

Further information regarding the organization of the event will be directly communicated to the selected projects.


STEFANO TEALDI - director and producer

Stefano Tealdi

Documentary production and filmmaking tutor at universities, master courses, film pitching events and markets including: Biennale Cinema College, Cannes Film Festival, Dubai Film Connection, Films de 3 Continents - Produire au Sud, La Fabrique les Cinema du Monde, Med Film Factory, Ouaga Film Lab, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, ZELIG Film School. With STEFILM he produced several award-winning documentaries including CITIZEN BERLUSCONI, nominated for the Grimme Award - 2004, PORTO MARGHERA, UN INGANNO LETALE – 59th Venice Film Festival, SORRISO AMARO – 60th Venice Film Festival and at MoMA New York,CHAR, THE NO MAN’S ISLAND - Berlinale Panorama 2013, THE QUEEN OF SILENCE (best doc KRAKOW FF 2015). Recently he directed the 15 x 52’ series FOOD MARKETS, IN THE BELLY OF THE CITY (coproduced with ZDF/Arte) and produced WONDERFUL LOSERS. A DIFFERENT WORLD (best doc WarsawFF & Minsk FF 2017, Trieste FF 2018) and THE STRANGE SOUND OF HAPPINESS (Special Mention DOK Leipzig 2017).


Bio to B takes place in collaboration with Regione Emilia-RomagnaMinistero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali del TurismoD.E-R Documentaristi Emilia-RomagnaFondazione Sardegna Film Commission to offer to professionals of the documentary sector the opportunity to meet and network on an international level. 


Among the jury memebers of Bio to B 2018:

Sales & Acquisition Rise&Shine

International Sales Films Boutique

Executive Producer, Feature Documentaries Pulse Films e Acting Director Industry Programs Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The jury for 2017 was made up of: 

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Here are the winning projects for 2017:

Best European Project White Cube by Wojtek Pustola

Best Italian Project Sqizo by Duccio Fabbri

Best Project from Emilia-Romagna Disco Ruins by Francesca Zerbetto


Click here to download the full programme for 2017


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Achievements of some of the projects presented in the past 4 editions of Bio to B:

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Sqizo by Duccio Fabbri
Aquired for the International Sales by Cinephil  

La natura delle cose by Laura Viezzoli  
Aquired for the International Sales by Wide House. 

Porno e Libertà by Carmine Amoroso 
Aquired for the International Sales by Wide House.
Aquired for the Italian market by I Wonder Pictures 

Piigs by Adriano Cutraro, Federico Greco, Mirko Melchiorre
Aquired for the Italian market by Fil Rouge Media 

Fame by Giacomo Abbruzzese and Angelo Milano
Aquired for the International Sales by I Wonder Pictures World Sales
Aquired for the Italian market byI Wonder Pictures

I am not alone anyway by Veronica Santi
Selected for Biografilm Festival in competition Biografilm Italia 2017
Aquired for the International Sales by  I Wonder Pictures World Sales 

L’uomo con la lanterna by Francesca Lixi 
Selected for the Trieste Film Festival 2018

Essere e Sopravvivere by Serena Mignani
Selected for Biografilm Festival in competition Biografilm Italia 2017

Vita agli arresti di Aung San Suu Kyi by Marco Martinelli
Selected for Biografilm Festival (Biografilm Art 2017)

The Black Sheep by Antonio Martino
Selected for Biografilm Festival in competition International Contest 2016 

Uomini Proibiti by Angelita Fiore
Selected for Biografilm Festival in competition Biografilm Italia 2016


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