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. DOC PITCH IS RUN AS PART OF SCREEN EDGE FORUM.

DOC PITCH 2019 IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSION

Doc Edge invites all documentary filmmakers working on a project and seeking financing and/or co-production opportunities to submit their project by Friday, 29 March 2019.

The winner of the Best Pitch 2019 will receive a $15,000 prize package which includes cash, services and mentoring.

In order to assist in the development of the pitching projects and to upskill filmmakers in the art of pitching, Doc Edge offers a series of Doc Clinic workshops throughout the year.

Doc Clinics are a great way to get more guidance, insight and knowledge through in-depth talks and workshops from experienced film professionals.

Doc Pitch 2019 will take place on Friday, 7 June 2019 as part of the Screen Edge Forum.

Submissions for Doc Pitch 2019 are now open. Doc Edge invites all documentary filmmakers working on a project and seeking financing and/or co-production opportunities to submit their project using the Doc Pitch 2019 Entry Form.

Up to 15 projects will be selected. The selected finalists will be given the opportunity to develop their projects, trailers and pitching skills through a series of Doc Clinics with mentoring from film professionals. The finalists will pitch their project to a panel of domestic and international commissioning editors, distributors, producers, broadcasters and funding agencies.

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 highly encouraged.

Applications are open for the following categories:
Feature (over 40’) festival documentary
Television documentary series
Short (up to 39’) festival documentary

Doc Pitch is looking for fresh and innovative projects that:

– Are in late development or early pre-production
– Are contemporary with diverse characters and voices
– Are compelling character-driven stories with a complete story-arc and strong narrative structure
– Have broad audience appeal and are globally relevant
– Are led by actuality/action rather than interviews/talking heads
– Champion social justice and/or social change with purpose and impact
– Have a strong social media and marketing campaign
– Have high production values

The panel consists of domestic and international commissioning editors, distributors, producers, broadcasters and funding agencies to be confirmed.

The winner of the Best Pitch 2019 will receive a $15,000 prize package which includes cash, services and mentoring.

RECENT BEST PITCH WINNERS
2018 – Francis Baker | Bombs
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.

Doc Pitch will be held on Friday, 7 June 2019. 

Regular: $249 + gst
Guild Member: $199 + gst (Proof of ID required)

The registration fee is payable via Lil Regie HERE.

Each registration includes:
– Your project submission
– Registration to all six Doc Clinics
– One registration to Screen Edge Forum 2019

In order to assist in the development of the pitching projects and to upskill filmmakers in the art of pitching, Doc Edge offers a series of Doc Clinic workshops throughout the year.

Doc Clinics are a great way to get more guidance, insight andknowledge through in-depth talks and workshops from experienced film professionals.

DOC CLINICS #1 & 2 
For all filmmakers interested in applying to Doc Pitch 2019
If you are interested in applying to Doc Pitch, you are invited to register for two introductory Doc Clinics:
#1 – Sat 23 February 2019 10am – 1pm
#2 – Sat 23 March 2019 10am – 1pm

DOC CLINICS #3 & 4
*Closed sessions for selected Doc Pitch 2019 finalists
Selected projects are required to attend a series of two Doc Clinics. Selected finalists will receive in-depth training and mentoring to develop their pitching skills and supporting materials.
#3 – Sat 4 May 2019 10am – 1pm
#4 – Sat 18 May 2019 10am – 1pm
*These two Clinics are mandatory to attend

DOC CLINICS #5 & 6
For all filmmakers 
These Clinics will cover production, delivery and distribution.
#5 – Sat 27 July 2019 10am – 1pm
#6 – Sat 27 September 2019 10am – 1pm

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