A ‘Dragon Den’ for documentary films and TV series

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

The 11th Doc Pitch was held on Friday, 26 May 2017 at the University of Auckland.

16 selected filmmakers pitched their project to a panel of local and international commissioning editors, distributors, producers, broadcasters and other industry funders.

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

For the Panel, it provides an opportunity to hear about new and exciting projects they may elect to support.

Observers will be able to hear feedback directly from the decision-makers as well as to learn from the pitching process.

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

Doc Pitch projects are divided into the following categories:
 Feature festival cinematic documentary
 Television documentary series
 Short cinematic documentary

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.

  • 08.30am – 09.00am      Registration & Pitch Techs
    09.00am – 11.00am       Round 1: Features
    11.00am – 11.30am        Morning tea
    11.30am – 01.00pm       Round 2: TV Series & Shorts
    01.15pm – 02.15pm       Lunch
    02.15pm – 03.45pm      Date a Doco
    05.00 – 07.00pm           Networking drinks at Q Theatre
  • Local and international panellists of commissioning editors, producers, distributors, film festivals and government agencies will attend Doc Pitch 2017.

    From New Zealand:
    Annie Murray – Senior Commissioner Local Content, Prime & Sky TV
    Bettina Hollings– Managing Director, Imagination Television
    Brian Holland – Head Development/Producer, Topshelf Prods
    Cass Avery – Executive Producer/ Head of Development, Augusto
    Christina Milligan – Producer, Conbrio
    Dale Corlett – Head of Talent Development, NZFC
    Glen Usmar 
    – Head Funding, NZ On Air
    Jude Callen
    – Commissioning Editor, TVNZ
    Kathryn Graham
    – Commissioning Editor, TVNZ
    Leanne Saunders
    – Head Production & Development, NZFC
    Nevak Rogers
    – Head Content Development, Maori TV
    Rachel Antony 
    – CEO, Greenstone TV
    Rachel Jean
    – Head Production/Development, South Pacific Pictures
    Rupert Abraham 
    – Production Executive, Vendetta Films
    Sue Woodfield
    – Head Commissioning/External Production,  TV3
    Vincent Burke 
    – CEO, Topshelf Productions

    From Overseas:
    Amy Alpin, USA – Director Filmmaker Services, IDA
    Bryan Glick, USA – Director of Theatrical Releasing, The Film Collaborative
    Corey Tong, USA – Independent Producer/Writer/Producer Rep/Programming & Acquisitions Consultant
    Fergus Grady, Australia – Acquisitions Consultant, CM Holdings
    Julia Overton, Australia – Consultant
    Ruby Chen, Taiwan – Co-Founder & CEO, CNEX
  • 2017 selected projects (A-Z):
    A Man Walks Into A Bar, Sarah Grohnert
    Control, Mark Harris
    Convert, Kate Elliott
    God Doesn’t Pay Tax, Toby Ricketts
    In Love With These Times, Peter Bell
    Into The Indus, Justin Brown
    Madam Ching, Morgan Ommer
    No 1 Stand, Jack Nicol
    Our Place, Tim Swanson
    Paddle For Hope, Karin Horen
    Silent Killer, Jasmine Thornton
    Somewhere In Between, Arthur Gay
    The Loneliest Job in The World, Dan Salmon
    The Woman Behind the Muse, Rowena Baines
    To Live Maori, Natasha Sinclair
    Viral Wars, Dan Salmon

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Best Pitch winners:
    Best Feature Pitch: Jack Nicol, No. 1 Stand
    Best Short Pitch: Jasmine Thornton, Silent Killer
    The award for the Best Pitch is a package of cash and services sponsored by:
    Park Road Post, Getty Images, The Sound Room, QT Museum Wellington