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The Paley Center For Media Announce call-for-entries for 12th annual Paley DOCPITCH Competition Seeking The Next Big Nonfiction Filmmaker

Friday, August 7, 2015

NEW YORK, NY – August 5, 2015 – The Paley Center for Media kicks off its 12th Annual Paley DocPitch Competition, which launched to engage and promote emerging nonfiction filmmakers seeking support for their unfinished feature-length films. The competition will wrap up with a workshop and finale event on Monday, November 9 at the Paley Center in New York City.
The Paley Center will accept footage submissions from around the country and after careful consideration of all entries, up to 5 finalists will be selected to come to the Paley Center in New York to pitch and present their works to a panel of industry experts and award-winning producers at a special live event on November 9. Entries will be judged based on the originality of the vision and the viability of the concept. Judges currently include: Molly Thompson (Senior Vice President, Feature Films, A+E Studios), Diana Holtzberg (Vice President, Films Transit), Chris White (Executive Director, POV), and Jose Rodriguez (Director Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute). One winning filmmaker will be awarded with a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms to help complete their documentary.
“DocPitch has been one of The Paley Center for Media’s signature events, where we see potential award-winning films in an early stage of development,” said Ron Simon, Curator at The Paley Center for Media. “Beyond the competition, DocPitch is a learning experience for all involved; the filmmaker and the audience learn the most effective way to communicate a vision from a panel of industry executives.”
To enter, applicants must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an unfinished or work-in-progress feature-length documentary that they hope to pitch to the panel. All applicants must also fill out an entry form HERE.
The deadline for entries is September 23. For more information, please visit

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The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit