Paley DocPitch Competition: Be "In the Room"!

Nov 9, 2016
6:30 PM
New York

Lisa Hurwitz (The Automat)
Jermaine Fletcher (Curators of Hip Hop Presents: The Organized Culture)
Erik Spink (Hart Island: How The Other Half Dies)
Lauren DeFilippo & Katherine Gorringe (Red Heaven)
Travis Benn & Gideon De Villiers (The Scooter Cops of BedStuy)

Molly Thompson, Senior Vice President, Feature Films, A+E Studios
Justine Nagan, Executive Director / Executive Producer, American Documentary | POV
Amy Hobby, Vice President, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute
Jackie Glover, Senior Vice President, HBO Documentary Films
Diana Holtzberg, President, East Village Entertainment, LLC; Vice President, Films Transit International, Inc

How do you sell a documentary? Watch and learn as five preselected up-and-coming nonfiction filmmakers pitch their ideas before a live audience and a group of eminent documentarians. The panel of experts will evaluate the proposals for uniqueness and viability, as well as offering the emerging filmmaker helpful feedback. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms to be used toward the completion of the pitched film. The audience will learn valuable lessons in communicating ideas and will also get to cast its vote. Past winners of this contest, now in its twelfth year, include the acclaimed films The Age of Love, Circo, and Herman’s House.

Ticket includes a post-event reception with drinks and snacks.

Tickets are FREE for Paley Members.

Become a Member: Join us online or contact Membership at 212.621.6780.   

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Events and participants are subject to change.



2015: Memories of a Penitent Heart by Cecilia Aldarondo
2014: The Pregnancy Exclusion directed by Rebecca Haimowitz
2013: The Age of Love directed by Steven Loring
2012: Eleven directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai
2011: The View from Bellas Luces directed by Christa Boarini
2010: Charge directed by Mike Plunkett
2009: The Iran Job directed by Till Schauder
2008: Circo directed by Aaron Schock
2007: The House that Herman Built directed by Angad Bhalla
2006: Whatever it Takes directed by Christopher Wong
2005: Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly



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