For the first time the BETS Forum included a short film Pitch from various British and German young filmmakers. The winning teams had been announced on the 13th of February 2017.
The winners for the 1st BETS Pitches & Table Rounds are:
1. Leal – Team: Matthew Harrison & Summer Greenwood (University of Portsmouth –Alumni)2. Fisherman’s Ghost – Team: Lucas Hein & Jade Li (ifs – Cologne, Germany) 3. 13 and Bound by Beads – Team: Debbie Makumbi & Oscar Rodriguez (Southampton Solent University)
1. 8:31 – Team: Philipp Drehmann, Matthias Kreter & Raúl Semmler (University of Darmstadt, Germany)2. Masala Chai – Team: Marco Hülser (University of Darmstadt, Germany) 3. Alchemy – Team: Monika Kostrzewa (Filmhochschule Kassel, Germany)
1. Diane Henderson – Deputy Artistic Director (Edinburgh International Film Festival)2. Catherine Lieser – HessenFilm und Medien 3. Sofia Glasl & Diane Iljine - Filmfest München 4. Sam Flancher (Head of Short Films) Chicago International Film Festival 5. Ruth Olshan - Atmos Film - Author/Director 6. Hebe Tabachnik – World Cinema Programmer (Seattle and Palm Springs Film Festivals) 7. Gisela Waetzoldt-Hildebrandt - Filmhaus Frankfurt 8. Heidi Zwicker – Programmer (Sundance Film Festival)