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Good Pitch is looking for Big Ideas

The Revolutionary Optimists

Yay! Channel 4 BritDoc has announced three 2012 dates for Good Pitch and we can reveal that entries are now open. So if you have a documentary project which “tackles important global and national issues and enhances our understanding of the world,” apply now!

The last Good Pitch of the year took place inLondon three weeks ago and already you are being offered more chances to work together with big brands and NGO’s, and by means of your film make the world a little bit better.

What happens if you are selected?

If you are selected then Good Pitch will work with you and your film for a three month period, completely gratis. In this time they will collaborate with you to identify the best partners, funders and advocates for your project from across society.

Good Pitch is an invitation-only event, starting with an intensive two-day campaign development workshop for selected filmmakers, followed by a day-long live event which brings together invited foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasters and other media to expand the resources aimed at maximizing the impact of social-issue documentary.

The call is aimed at filmmakers of any nationality working on feature-length or hour-long independent documentary film projects that tackle important global and national issues. Good Pitch is open to projects looking for completion funding, outreach funding, campaigning networks, or a combination of these, however, rough cut stage is ideal.

The Interrupters

The dates that have been announced are:

Good Pitch New York: 24 May 2012
Closing date: Wednesday 1st February

Good Pitch Europe: June 2012
Closing date: Wednesday 1st February

Good Pitch San Francisco: October 2012
Closing date: Wednesday 9th May


Then there it this: Good Pitch² The Hague 2012

The Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague is launching our second edition of Good Pitch’s satellite cousin, Good Pitch², on Tuesday March 27th.

With the same mission as the flagship events – to connect good films to good people – Good Pitch² enables regional organisations all over the world to put on their own Good Pitch events, which is what happens here. If you are interested in applying then do so before Sunday 11 December.

Examples of what can happen:

Oil & Water which pitched at Good Pitch SOCAP 2010 has received a grant from the Macarthur Foundation.

The Interrupters which pitched at Good Pitch Silverdocs 2010, has won a USD 75K grant from the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund

Map Your World, the multi-platform project which was inspired by Good Pitch SOCAP 2010 pitched project The Revolutionary Optimists has also been awarded USD75k from the Tribeca Film Institute new media fund

Crime after Crime by Yoav Potash, which pitched at Good Pitch NY 2011, has received a grant from New York Women’s Foundation to support free public screenings inNew York, where their organisational partners are using the film as part of their effort to call for serious changes in criminal justice practices.

If you want to know more about the sort of projects that enter and how they benefit, have a look at what happened at the last pitch.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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