DOC NYC has just announced a new programming initiative – Pitch Perfect! The program aims to provide a nurturing environment for emerging filmmakers to present works-in-progress to funders and distributors. The event will take place on November 16.
Submissions are open to nonfiction works-in-progress features or series proposals in any genre or style. Works-in-progress must be on track to be completed within a year, with at least 50% of their budget already in place. Filmmakers must submit a 2-5 minute video work sample, one-page description and simple budget.
Projects will be selected based on their artistic merit, ability to engage an audience, and potential for success in the marketplace.
Selected projects will be given 10 minutes to pitch, including trailer or clip, and 15-20 minutes of feedback from an industry panel, as part of DOC NYC’s industry programming, DOC NYC Pro.
In addition to putting filmmakers in front of funders, Pitch Perfect will also seek to connect projects to mentors such as producers, post production supervisors, sales agents, publicists, outreach coordinators, marketing directors, and others to strengthen the film’s potential in the marketplace.
Selected Pitch Perfect participants will also receive access to DOC NYC programming.
Filmmakers may submit works-in-progress to Pitch Perfect via Withoutabox.
Pitch Perfect Submission Deadline: August 29, 2016
Submission Fee: $35
(Pitch Perfect applicants who are not selected may deduct their Pitch Perfect submission fee from the cost of purchasing a DOC NYC Pro badge.)
PLEASE NOTE: The above deadline is for Pitch Perfect ONLY – the final submission deadline for completed films has already passed.
For more information, visit the DOC NYC website.
DOC NYC is accepting submissions through July 15 for the 2016 edition in the following three categories:
Competition Features (NYC premiere requirement)
Contemporary documentaries from around the world – 41 minutes or longer – that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft and innovation in storytelling. Competition sections may vary slightly in 2014, but in the past, there have been two competition sections:
Viewfinders – A competition section that covers non-fiction perspectives from around the world. Eligibility requires New York City premiere with preference given to World or U.S. premieres. Past titles include World premieres of “Almost There,” “Kasamayaki,” “No Control,” “Web,” “Shenandoah;” U.S. premieres of “The Dark Matter of Love,” “The Wound and the Gift,” “Rafea: Solar Mama” and “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough.”
Metropolis – A competition section of non-fiction stories based in New York City. Eligibility requires New York City premiere with preference given to World or U.S. premieres. Past titles include World premieres of “Rubble Kings,” “Patrolman P,” “Some Kind of Spark,” “Stop,” “More Than the Rainbow,” “To Be Heard” and “Lost Bohemia.”
Competition Shorts Program (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)
Shorts Programs – Selections of non-fiction shorts, organized thematically. Past titles include Doug Block’s “The Children Next Door” and Lucy Walker’s “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.”
The winning film qualifies in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
Non-Competition Features (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)
Contemporary documentaries from around the world – 41 minutes or longer – that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft and innovation in storytelling. NYC premieres preferred, but not required. These films are all feature-length and have no eligibility requirement. Sections vary year to year, but past non-competition sections include:
Special Presentations – Events with high profile guests. Past titles include the World Premieres of “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” (with Noam Chomsky and Michel Gondry in person), “Darkness on the Edge of Town” (with Max Weinberg attending), Amy Berg’s “An Open Secret,” “Can’t Stand Losing You” (with Andy Summers attending); U.S. premieres of “Finding Vivian Maier,” “The Yes Men Are Revolting,” “Do I Sound Gay,” “Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You” (with Rufus Wainwright attending), “Charlotte Rampling: The Look” (with Charlotte Rampling attending), “The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical” (presented by entertainer Michael Feinstein), an evening with Elliott Erwitt and others.
American Perspectives – Past titles include World Premieres of “Kids for Cash,” “Florence, Arizona,” “Grazers: A Cooperative Story,” “A Murder in the Park,” “Sex and Broadcasting,” and screenings of “Only The Young,” “Code of the West,” “Brooklyn Boheme” and others.
International Perspectives – Past titles include World Premieres of “Every Last Child,” “Miss Tibet;” U.S. Premieres of “Things Left Behind,” “The Mosuo Sisters” and screenings of “Jealous of the Birds,” “Perdida” and “Oma and Bella.”
Jock Docs – Past sports themed titles include World Premieres of “Althea,” “Opposite Field” and “Top Spin.”
Sonic Cinema – Past music films include World Premieres of “Revenge of the Mekons,” “Salad Days,” “Harlem Street Singer” and “Musicwood” and U.S. Premieres of “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” and Jonathan Demme’s “Enzo Avitabile: Music Life.”
Midnight Docs – High adrenaline films for the late night crowd. Past titles include World Premieres of “Haunters” + screenings of “Hungry,” “Kink,” “My Amityville Horror,” “Bettie Page Reveals All,” “U2 3D” and “Inni.”
American Perspectives – past titles include World Premiere of “Kids for Cash” + screenings of “Only The Young”, “Code of the West”, “Brooklyn Boheme”, and others.
International Perspectives – past titles include US Premiere of “Things Left Behind”, “The Mosuo Sisters” + screenings of “Jealous of the Birds”, “Perdida” and “Oma and Bella”.
Photography on Film – past films include World Premieres of “Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68” and “VII Uncommissioned”.
Sonic Cinema – past music films include World Premiere of “Revenge of the Mekons”, “Harlem Street Singer” and “Musicwood” + US Premieres of “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” and Jonathan Demme’s “Enzo Avitabile: Music Life”.
Family Docs – Films targeted to the whole family. Past titles include “First Position”, “Turtle: The Incredible Journey (in 3D)”, “Make Believe” and others.
Midnight Docs – High adrenaline films for the late night crowd. Past titles include “My Amityville Horror”; “Bettie Page Reveals All”; “U2 3D”; “Inni.”
Full details and application can be found here or click on below link to submit.
2016 FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
Earlybird Deadline: March 4, 2016
Regular Deadline: April 8, 2016
Late Deadline: June 3, 2016
WAB Extended Deadline: July 15, 2016
(Note: All filmmakers are eligible to submit their work via Withoutabox by this deadline – you do not need special permission.)