A Dragon’s Den for documentary films and TV series

Doc Pitch is a significant opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their documentary proposals to industry experts, to find new partnerships, receive feedback and progress their ideas to funding stage.

Submissions are open!  Deadline is 5pm Friday, 6 April 2018

The 12th Doc Pitch will be held on Friday, 25 May 2018 at the University of Auckland, as part of Screen Edge Forum.

We invite all documentary filmmakers working on a project and seeking financing and/or co-production opportunities to submit their projects.  
Doc Edge is an Academy Award® qualifying festival.

Up to 15 projects will be selected. The filmmakers will get the chance to pitch their projects to a panel of national and international commissioning editors, distributors, producers, broadcasters and other funders.  There will be a prize of cash and services for Best Doc Edge Pitch.

Doc Pitch seeks projects with international appeal, challenging/innovative subject matter and treatment/delivery with co-production potential. Projects that push creative boundaries and/or have multi-platform potential are encouraged.

Applications are welcome for:

  – Feature (over 40’) festival documentary
  – Television documentary series
  – Short (20’- 40’)
  – Short (under 20’)

Ideally, we are looking for projects that are:

  – Fast paced storytelling
  – Contemporary not historical
  – Brilliant storytelling and characters rather than portraits
  – A complete story arc which really pulls you along with payoff at the end
  – Narrative and story led
  – Relevant globally
  – Fresh
  – Diverse characters
  – Led by actuality/action rather than interviews/talking heads, and not entirely observational
  – Purposeful with impact
  – Extra material and a social media and marketing campaign
  – High production value
  – Not niche but with a strong siren call for audience hungry for information and story.

  • Submission fees (excluding GST): Regular: $250 | Student: $145

    This submission fee includes:

    – Your Doc Pitch project submission
    – 1 x Registration for Doc Clinic #2 (24 March in Auckland)
    – 1 x Ticket to Doc Pitch  (25 May in Auckland)
    – 1 x registration to Screen Edge Forum (18 May in Wellington or 26 May in Auckland).
    –  If selected, 1 x Registration for Doc Clinic #3-6

  • Doc Clinic is wrapped around the Doc Pitch to provide better support. Doc Edge invites all filmmakers who are interested in pitching a project at Doc Pitch or want to learn more about the pitching procedure to register for Doc Clinic.

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    2017 – Jack Nicol | No. 1 Stand
    2016 – J.Ollie Lucks & Julia Parnell | Wilbur Force
    2015 – Robyn Paterson | In Zone
    2014 – David Farrier | Tickled
    2013 – Pietra Brettkelly | A Flickering Truth

    Other successful Doc Pitch projects include:
    The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Hip Hop-eration, Relocating Mountains, Loving in Limbo, The Price of Peace, An Accidental Berliner, Walk with Me, Te Hono Ki Aotearoa: The Waka for Peace, Brother No. 1, Pictures of Susan, There Once was an Island, Lost in Wonderland, Druglawed.