DOCPITCH is returning to DocLands Documentary Film Festival!

Filmmakers are invited to submit their unfinished FEATURE (over 60’) documentary projects currently in development.


Up to five filmmakers with feature documentary projects 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 so they can vote on their favorite filmmaker pitch. After the presentations, the ballots will be collected and tallied with the winning project announced on site and presented with a $25,000. cash award plus a 2020 CFI Membership.


To qualify, applicants must submit the following Project Information. Please submit brief key crew member bios (director/ producer) under Credits.

  Title of the project
  Production stills (at least one)
  Brief key crew bios (director/producer)
  Website (if available)

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

  Submit trailer by April 17, 2020
  Make your own way to DocLands to present your project in person.

DocPitch will take place as follows:

Saturday, May 2, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 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 30, 2020 with a deadline of April 17 to submit their finalized trailers if required.
Filmmakers will be disqualified if they fail to submit their final trailer by the deadline or are unable to attend in person.

While all 2019 DocPitchers went home with some funding, FIVE YEARS NORTH director Chris Temple was voted winner of the $25,000 prize; and GATHER, director Sanjay Rawal took home $50,000 from an individual donor. GATHER, FIVE YEARS NORTH, and SOCIALISM: AN AMERICAN STORY (also pitched last year), director Yael Bridge, are all part of DocLands’ 2020 program.
Photos © Tommy Lau Photography

CRIP CAMP filmmakers, and 2018 DocPitch winners, Jim LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham with DocLands Director of Programming Joni Cooper and all of the DocPitch filmmakers.

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