After a successful and extremely enthusiastic response from filmmakers and audience members alike last year, DOCPITCH is returning to DocLands Documentary Film Festival which takes place May 3-6.

2017 DocPitch winner Theo Rigby, SANCTUARY
Photos © Tommy Lau Photography

Submissions are now being accepted for DocPitch, an initiative designed to connect filmmakers with a film project currently in development (at any stage of pre-production, production, or post-production) to organizations, funders, distributors, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers—and future audiences.

For a nominal fee, filmmakers can submit their feature documentary project for consideration via FilmFreeway ONLYAll entries must be submitted before 9am March 12, 2018. No late entries will be accepted.


For clarification, please read this process on FilmFreeway as well.
Choose DOCPITCH after using SUBMIT NOW button.
To qualify, applicants must submit the following information as Project Information, using the headlines as noted below. Please submit AT LEAST ONE PRODUCTION IMAGE, brief key crew member bios (director/ producer) under Credits:

•  Title of the project
•  Logline
•  Synopsis
•  Website (if available)

**Although not required until short-listed projects are selected (see below), IF you have ANY SELECTS or a TRAILER, please do upload those with your submission as it will help demonstrate the look of your project. If you have additional information to share or to explain in more depth, please include a Cover Letter.

Please note that once you upload all project info as required above, and you do not upload video, FilmFreeway will tell you it’s incomplete. Don’t worry, it IS COMPLETE and once it’s submitted, it will be marked as In Consideration.

If your project is chosen to participate in the pitch you will be required to:

•  Submit a 3-5 minute trailer by Monday, April 23, 2018
•  Make your own way to DocLands to present your project in person

DocPitch will take place as follows:
Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CinéArts Sequoia Theatre in Mill Valley, CA

If you are unable to make these commitments, you are not eligible to enter the DocPitch competition.

The shortlisted filmmakers will be notified by Monday, March 26, 2018 with a deadline of April 23 to submit their trailers.
Filmmakers may be disqualified if they fail to submit a trailer by the deadline.


Up to five filmmakers with feature documentary projects currently in development will be selected to present a three-minute verbal pitch, three- to five-minute trailer and participate in a ten-minute Q&A with the audience, comprised of invited funders, organization representatives, distributors, broadcasters, and the general public. All members of the audience will be given a ballot prior to the filmmakers’ presentations to vote on their favorite pitch. The ballots will be collected and tallied, with the winning project announced on site and presented with a $10,000. cash award plus a 2018 CFI Membership.

For any queries please email [email protected].

DocLands is a non-competitive, inclusive festival dedicated to building connections and partnerships and works to invigorate the business and art of nonfiction filmmaking. Through public screenings, engaged conversations and grassroots networking events, DocLands aims to build an active, involved and fully supportive community around documentary film.

DocLands will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, within three main programming sections (The Art of Impact, The Great Outdoors and WonderLands) while highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary.