The Paley Center will accept footage submissions from around the country and will choose up to five finalists to come to the Paley Center to pitch and present their works to a panel of industry experts and award-winning producers. Entries will be judged based on the originality of the vision and the viability of the concept.
Judges currently include: Molly Thompson (Senior Vice President, Feature Films, A+E Studios), Diana Holtzberg (Vice President, Films Transit), Chris White (Executive Director, POV) and Jose Rodriguez (Director Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute). One winning filmmaker will be awarded with a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms to help complete their documentary.
“DocPitch has been one of The Paley Center for Media’s signature events, where we see potential award-winning films in an early stage of development,” said Ron Simon, Curator at The Paley Center for Media. “Beyond the competition, DocPitch is a learning experience for all involved; the filmmaker and the audience learn the most effective way to communicate a vision from a panel of industry executives.”
To enter, applicants must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an unfinished or work-in-progress feature-length documentary that they hope to pitch to the panel. All applicants must also fill out this entry form.
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