Call for Entries: Paley Center Documentary Pitch Competition ($5,000 Prize!)


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The Paley Center for Media has announced a call for entries for its celebrated Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop, which will be held at the Paley Center in New York on Monday, December 9, 2019. In this workshop/competition—now in its fifteenth year—a panel of documentary executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and will hear and evaluate pitches from up to five pre-selected up-and-coming filmmakers who are hoping to sell either a nonfiction concept or a documentary work-in-progress. The winner of the pitch competition in December will receive a $5,000 grant to be used towards the completion of their project.

This call for entries is to be selected as one of the five filmmakers who will participate in the workshop in December.

Complete submission guidelines and entry forms can be found at PaleyDocs | The Paley Center for Media

or filmmakers can submit electronically on FilmFreeway,

at Paley Center Documentary Pitch Competition

Deadlines to Enter:

Entries must be postmarked by deadline. Deadlines and fees are as follows:

• Regular Deadline: September 20, 2019 ($30)

• Late Deadline: October 11, 2019 ($35)

• Extended Deadline: October 31, 2019 ($45)

Past winners include Finding Yingying by Jiang "Jenny" Shi, The Pollinators by Peter Nelson, Hart Island: How the Other Half Dies by Erik Spink, Memories of a Penitent Heart by Cecilia Aldarondo, The Pregnancy Exclusion directed by Rebecca Haimowitz, The Age of Love by Steven Loring, Eleven directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai, The View from Bellas Luces directed by Christa Boarini; Charge by Mike Plunkett; From Texas to Tehran by Till Schauder; Circo by Aaron Schock; The House that Herman Built by Angad Bhalla; Whatever it Takes by Christopher Wong; and Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly


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