Doors open 6:30pm
Event begins at 7pm
Winners announced at 9pm
Party 'til late! (DJs & dancing & drinks)
Pitch Night kicks off the festival’s weekend events. The event is designed to support storytellers, designers, creatives and entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing positive social change through media. Finalists will have the chance to pitch their proposals for the chance to win cash and in-kind prizes to make their ideas a reality.
- Ben Connors, LastGraph.com
- Candy Schibli, VeloPin D.C.
- Janelle Rucker, reTyped
- Joe Marshall, CommuniCare
- Kate Glantz, Heartful.ly
- Sage Salvo, Words Liive
- Tiffany Yu, Diversability
- Kate Watts, Managing Director, Huge DC
- Eliane Sussman Richter, Director of Strategic Alliances, PVBLIC Foundation
- Emily Cadei, Political Correspondent, Newsweek
- Adam Segal, CEO, cove
- Monica Gray, Co-Founder and President, DreamWakers & 2014 Media Rise Pitch Night grand prize winner
Pitch Night is followed by the screening and awards ceremony for Doc-in-a-Day, presented in partnership with Stone Soup Films. The competition invites local filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just 48 hours.
Amber Msanii | Asia Taylor | Brigitte Yuille | Carolyn Raskauskas | Dominic Mann | Dylan Comstock | Eboni Sellars | Gus Soudah | Jacqueline Greff | Jamal Atwell | Jameelah Ingram | Jeff Wolfram | Jesse Ingram | Kadesha Bonds | Marlena Wright | Nancy Breslin | Nicholas Kurtz | Paul Warner | Pete Estrada | Peter Hartmann | Shadee Marshall
Special thanks to our production coordinators Melissa Rogers & Ben Dorger.
- Figment DC
- Project Create
- The Sanctuaries
- Thomas Circle Singers
Media Rise is a global nonprofit volunteer-driven alliance that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media. We believe in the power of positive storytelling, media, art and design to make the world a better place.
The weeklong Media Rise Festival in Washington, D.C. includes a pitch night for media innovators, a video challenge connecting filmmakers with local nonprofits, a forum of panel talks, a youth festival for teens and educators, and other community-driven events.
The 2015 festival will explore how media can build trust and empathy through individual voices and community systems.
Our topics this year:
- Race, ethnicity & indigenous issues
- Gender & sexuality
- Governance & accountability
- Environmental sustainability
When & Where
Media Rise connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.
We believe in the power of storytelling, art and design to make the world a better place.
We are committed to these calls to action:
We empower people to create and consume meaningful media that promotes universal human values such as compassion, empathy and respect.
We encourage collaboration between cause-driven creatives, media professionals, educators, government and nonprofit leaders to focus and amplify their collective impact.
We celebrate success stories of how to unleash the power of media to accelerate social change.
Rise with us.