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

Submissions are now closed.

Doc Edge is pleased to invite submissions from all Screen Edge Forum registrants for the annual Doc Pitch competition.  Screen Edge Forum 2017 will be held on Friday, 19 May in Wellington and Saturday, 27 May in Auckland. Registrants may attend at either location.

The Doc Pitch competition will be held on Friday, 26 May 2017 at the University of Auckland.

Selected filmmakers will pitch 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.

The 11th annual Doc Pitch is open for applications until 5pm on Friday, 31 March 2017. Applications are welcome in the following categories:
      Feature festival cinematic documentary
      Television documentary series
      Short cinematic documentary
As an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentary subjects, Doc Edge wishes to facilitate strong cinematic short documentaries by introducing a new category for Short cinematic documentary of up to 40mins.
The selected projects will be notified by 30 April 2017 and a pitching masterclass (dates to be confirmed) will be held for all selected applicants.
Local and international panellists include 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
Glen Usmar – Head Funding, NZ On Air
Jude Callen – Commissioning Editor, Television New Zealand
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 – Distributor, Umbrella Films
Julia Overton, Australia – Consultant
Ruby Chen, Taiwan – Co-Founder & CEO, CNEX
The award for the Best Pitch will be a package prize of cash and services.
     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.


Registrations to attend Doc Pitch will open soon. For more information, please email us.