Saturday, May 13 • 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Cinearts Sequoia
FREE (ticket required)
DocPitch is designed to connect filmmakers and their ideas to distributors, nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers—and future audiences. Five film projects currently in development have been pre-selected to be pitched during this industry forum. The audience will vote for their favorite, which will receive a cash award from the Filmmaker Fund.
Filmmakers will distribute materials at the Forum in conjunction with their 3 minute pitch, a 3 to 5 minute trailer and 10 minute Q&A with the audience. The audience will be comprised of invited funders, organization representatives, distributors and broadcasters, as well as the general public, who will be given a ballot prior to the filmmakers’ presentations to vote on their favorite pitch. The ballots will be collected and tallied, and the winning filmmaker & pitch will be announced on site.
Moderator: Minette Nelson, Founder, Filmmaker Fund
Minette Nelson’s work creating commercials for national and multi-national clients has been profiled in Advertising Age, Ad Week and New York Magazine. She has since turned her expertise towards the nonprofit sector as both a marketing consultant, writer and producer and has served on the boards of several organizations, inclding the Advisory Board of DocLands Documentary Film Festival and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Minette has been an Associate Producer, Producer and Executive Producer on several films. In 2012, shortly after forming a documentary film fund with philanthropist David Eckles she approached Director Marc Silver with the story that became 3 1/2 Minutes – Ten Bullets, which premiered at Sundance 2015 and won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact. It was broadcast on HBO, shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for an Emmy. In 2016, she executive produced the Oscar nominee 4.1 Miles.
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