Submit to DOC NYC Pitch Perfect!
Present your work-in-progress documentaries to leading industry players

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We’re seeking filmmakers to submit work-in-progress documentaries to a new DOC NYC 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 Mon. Nov. 14.

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 can submit works-in-progress to Pitch Perfect via Withoutabox.

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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.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Submissions are open to nonfiction works-in-progress features or series proposals in any genre or style.
  • Submitted works-in-progress must be on track to be completed within a year, with at least 50% of their budget already in place.
  • Projects will be selected based on their artistic merit, ability to engage an audience, and potential for success in the marketplace.

Submissions Guidelines:

  • Filmmakers must submit a 2-5 minute video work sample, one-page project description, and simple budget.
  • Video work samples must be submitted as Vimeo links or Withoutabox Secure Online Screeners only; DOC NYC does not accept DVDs or Blu-rays for this purpose.
  • If you change your Vimeo link, or the password connected to it, make sure to email the updated information to submissions@docnyc.net.
  • If your project is in a language other than English, your submission video work sample must be subtitled or dubbed in English, and the remaining submission materials – description and budget – must be in English.
  • Applicants may submit more than one project to Pitch Perfect, but each project must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.
  • While the Entry Fee is non-refundable, Pitch Perfect applicants who are not selected may deduct their Pitch Perfect Entry Fee from the cost of purchasing a DOC NYC Pro badge.
  • All entrants will be notified of their status on or around Sept. 26, 2016 via e-mail.
  • Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing submissions@docnyc.net
  • Due to the number of submissions received, DOC NYC unfortunately cannot provide feedback on any entries.
  • For questions regarding submissions, see DOC NYC FAQs or email submissions@docnyc.net with ENTRIES in the subject line.