DOCPITCH returns to DocLands Documentary Film Festival!

Five filmmakers with feature documentary projects currently in development have been 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 for their favorite pitch. The top-voted project will be announced on site and presented with a $25,000 cash award and a 2020 CFI Membership. 

The 2020 DocPitch jury was comprised of Julie Campfield, ro*co Films; Joni Cooper, DocLands; Melissa Fondakowski, The Redford Center; and Maida Lynn, Genuine Article Pictures. 
Overall the jury attempts to choose five projects that provide both diversity of storyteller and of subject or theme. Each year we ask what they look for in a project and, although specifics may certainly change from one month to the next, they’ve offered some thoughts in general:
  • Julie looks for timely stories, human stories – with unique access or an unconventional angle.
  • Joni is a sucker for a unique or surprising story or a story that is told in a unique way. Stories that take her breath away with cinematic beauty and specific attention paid to audio and soundtrack win extra points.
  • Melissa always hopes to learn something new when she comes to a story — and after that, she wants to be surprised or awed, either by where the story takes her or what it portrays visually.
  • Maida looks for cinematic footage, stories that “only these directors can tell,” and uniqueness.