Paley DocPitch Competition 2019: Be “In the Room”!

Dec 9, 2019
6:30 PM
New York

WINNER: Ahead of the Curve directed by Jen Rainin
The Nuclear Family directed by Ari Beser
Black + Gold directed by Khadija Diakite
My Underground Mother directed by Marisa Fox
Punch 9 for Harold Washington directed by Joe Winston

Christine Kecher, Manager, Feature Films, A+E Networks
Jill Burkhart, Senior Director, Original Programming (Documentary), EPIX
Diana Holtzberg, President, East Village Entertainment, LLC
Basil Tsiokos, Director of Programming, DOC NYC and the Nantucket Film Festival / Documentary Programming Associate, Sundance Film Festival
Susan Margolin, Founder, St. Marks Productions

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 fifteenth year, include the acclaimed films The Age of Love, Circo, and Herman’s House. The Paley Center thanks Hearst for supporting Paley DocPitch and other documentary programs.

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

Tickets are FREE for Paley Members.

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2018: Finding Yingying directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
2017: The Pollinators directed by Peter Nelson
2016: Hart Island: How the Other Half Dies directed by Erik Spink
2015: Memories of a Penitent Heart directed by Cecilia Aldarondo
2014: The Pregnancy Exclusion directed by Rebecca Haimowitz
2013: The Age of Love directed by Steven Loring
2012: Unseen directed by Laura Paglin
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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