Edinburgh Pitch Insights: La Sagrada Familia

Our Edinburgh Pitch is a small affair, but one of community, warmth and passion. Our call for submissions for the 2023 edition is open for a few more days (until 29th March) and as we are gearing up to what will be the first in person edition in three years, we wanted to look back on some of the powerful projects and talented teams who came to visit us in Edinburgh in the recent years and celebrate the recently finished films!

Edinburgh Pitch Insights is a series of informal and candid online discussions, focusing primarily on documentary pitching and the often challenging journey of securing funding for features. Join us to hear filmmakers and producers' experiences and advices. This is also the opportunity to discuss together what the future of pitching could look like, to contribute to a more sustainable, supportive and fairer industry.

**Please note that these sessions will not be recorded // The film link will be available closer to the event date**

For our last event of the series, we will be joined by Borja Alcalde, the director of La Sagrada Familia, presented at the Edinburgh Pitch in 2021, and premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2022.

Director-producer Borja Alcalde looks for moments, characters and environments uncommon to the general public. He just completed La Sagrada Familia, his first feature documentary. He found the family first, but their spontaneous decision to take their kids on the road trip of a lifetime gave him a cinematic storyline, with a natural narrative arc, jeopardy, and something tangible at stake.

La Sagrada Familia | 2022 | 90 min | UK

Carmen and Sergio are ordinary parents with three teenage kids, juggling the pressures of family and work. They live in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, and they work as guides during ayahuasca ceremonies. Their belief in the healing power of nature is at odds with the family’s growing addiction to technology – smartphones, videogames and Netflix. So they buy an old camper van and take a road trip to the Amazon rainforest, where they used to live, in order to ask nature how to find balance in the modern world. But with the van needing constant repair, and no Wi-Fi to distract the kids, the 1000-mile journey becomes the ultimate test for their relationship.


Applications for the Edinburgh Pitch are currently open and you have until Wednesday 29th March 2023 to submit your project/s. Find all the info on how to apply here.

The Edinburgh Pitch is a public forum and Observer passes will be available from May - watch this space!

The Edinburgh Pitch is supported by Screen Scotland


28 March 2023, 01.00PM - 02.00PM



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