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 cash award of $25,000, plus a 2019 CFI Membership. 

Tickets go on sale here April 5.

Saturday, May 4
11:00 am  |  Smith Rafael Film Center
$8 General  |  $7 CFI Members



Pitching Team: Director Chris Temple, Editor Alejandro Valdes-Rochin

Chino is new to the U.S. and desperate to avoid deportation back to Guatemala’s poverty and violence. On patrol nearby is Judy, an unflinching ICE agent and native New Yorker. A decade of footage reveals the complex stories on both sides of the immigration system


Pitching Team: Director Sanjay Rawal, Producer A-dae Briones

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. Gather follows a chef from White Mountain Apache (Arizona) opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; a young female scientist from Cheyenne River Sioux (South Dakota) conducting landmark studies on bison; and a group of environmental activists from Yurok (Northern California) trying to save their river.


Pitching Team: Director Allison Otto, Producer Jill Howerton

The Heist is a feature documentary about one of the most audacious and puzzling art thefts of a generation.


Pitching Team: Directors/Producers Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman, Producer Amilca Palmer

RUN WITH IT is an animated documentary feature that explores the crisis in the criminal justice system and the U.S. racial divide through the eyes of De’Jaun Correia, a young black man on the Dean’s List at Morehouse College guided by the memory of his uncle Troy Davis who mentored him from death row. Both a factual examination of Troy Davis’ case and an intimate look at the death penalty’s impact on a family and a community, RUN WITH IT weaves animated interviews and archival footage with visual landscapes of memory, loss and hope to raise profound questions about our democracy and the very nature of justice.


Pitching: Director Yael Bridge

Rampant inequality. Entrenched racism and sexism. A rapidly warming planet. For a growing
number of people in America today, there is one answer to the biggest problems that face our country:
SOCIALISM. Socialism: An American Story uncovers the rich history of American socialism and goes
beyond the headlines to tell the stories of the people striving to build a socialist future.