CONGRATULATIONS TO PITCHFEST WINNER "Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen," from director/producer Nimisha Mukerji ("65_Red Roses") and producer Kaitlyn Regehr.
Kaitlyn Regehr and Nimisha Mukerji
Calling All Documentary Filmmakers and Reality Producers!
Got an idea? Ready to pitch? Get to work!
Day 3 of WESTDOC is dedicated to PitchFest, a rousing live presentation by documentary and reality producers pitching new concepts to network and development executives. Find out if your dream project is ready for TV or the big screen. PitchFest is where broadcasters are coming to discover new projects in Los Angeles.
WHY ENTER PITCHFEST?
Over $10,000 in cash and prizes, including the coveted WESTDOC Pitcher Award
An opportunity to receive direct feedback from development executives at networks and companies. Last year's panel included Discovery, NatGeo, Sundance, Travel Channel, WE tv, Animal Planet, WME, A&E, Warner Bros. International TV, Spike, Ovation, Logo, Veria, and CMT
The prestige of being among 12 finalists at PitchFest
The excitement of competing in a live event
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO ENTER PITCHFEST?
A short sizzle reel
A summary and budget
Only registered WESTDOC attendees may submit to PitchFest for a non-refundable submission fee of $25.00.
A limited number of applicants will be selected to participate.
Your pitch must include a video presentation of at least two minutes and a verbal presentation of at least three minutes. (Total pitch not to exceed seven minutes.) These should be new works-in-progress available for acquisition, licensing or funding. Your project can be either a stand-alone program or a series; Documentary or Reality.
In order for your project to be considered, you will be required to submit the following:
• A password-protected YouTube or Vimeo link of your work-in-progress.
• A written treatment (500 words or less) outlining your project, its current status, any existing broadcast partners.
• A 1-2 page budget and estimate of completion funding desired.
• Five still JPEG images which represent the essence of the pitch.
• A résumé and/or credit list of your previous work.
While registering for Westdoc, you may sign up for PitchFest. Please email your submission materials to for review by the PitchFest committee. Fully completed submissions must arrive by August 15th, 2013; incomplete submissions will be disqualified. No materials will be returned. Finalists will be notified by August 31st if accepted. All applicants accepted to participate in PitchFest will be given a free WESTDOC CONFERENCE pass to the 2014 conference. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past PitchFest winners include: