$25 – $150

Peer Pitch East

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Docs In Progress - Alexander House

8560 Second Avenue

Suite 113 (enter on Apple Avenue across from courthouse)

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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Are you a documentary filmmaker with a work-in-progress at any stage of development? Are you looking for a supportive environment to give your pitch a test run? Or do you want to help support your fellow filmmakers by providing them feedback? For the tenth consecutive year, Docs In Progress and The D-Word are presenting Peer Pitch as a prelude event to the AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington DC.

Up to ten documentary filmmakers of all experience levels will present new projects to fellow filmmakers and passholders for creative feedback in a supportive and collaborative environment. All attending can gain valuable insights and new connections that can guide their own filmmaking.

​Peer Pitch takes place at Docs In Progress in downtown Silver Spring, MD (just outside of Washington DC, convenient to Metro and parking garages).


WHY PARTICIPATE IN PEER PITCH?
Constructive feedback from other filmmakers in a nurturing environment will help to identify strengths and areas for improvement in projects. Participants will also develop skills and comfort in verbally describing their projects in a safe space among peers. This is not an industry pitch, but rather the pitch you want to test out before pitching to industry.

Films that have been presented at past Peer Pitch workshops when they were in their early stages have gone on to be funded by Sundance Documentary Fund, ITVS, Garrett Scott Development Grant; been accepted into industry pitching opportunities such as IFP’s Independent Film Week, HotDocs Forum, DocsBarcelona, and Points North Pitch; and have gone on to play festivals, television, and community screenings around the world. They include several Peabody Award winners. Participants have also made connections with other filmmakers that have led to later collaborations. Some of the films which have come through Peer Pitch have included Love, Gilda; Let the Fire Burn, 112 Weddings, Slingshot, Decade of Fire, Big Sonia, Out in the Silence, Indivisible, and Deej.

Added Bonus: One or more promising pitches of a film with a social justice or investigative angle may be selected to pitch a second time to industry at the 2019 Double Exposure Film Festival in Washington DC in October 2019 with travel paid for one member of the pitching team to attend and pitch for industry.


WHO MAY ATTEND?
Participation in Peer Pitch is open to any filmmaker who has a documentary project they would like to discuss. Projects may be at any stage of development. In the past, both experienced filmmakers and first time filmmakers have pitched their docs in progress. In true democratic fashion, pitching slots are available on a first registered, first accepted basis. There will also be spots for filmmakers who want to attend and give feedback to their colleagues or observe the process, but don’t necessarily have a project to share.

Those pitching will have up to 10 minutes to pitch (including any time for showing a video sample). You will need to provide a file of your media (.mp4 or .mov files for video/Powerpoint or Keynote for presentation) two weeks prior to the program. We will follow up with those pitching a few weeks ahead of the program with further details.

Note: Up to two people can pitch a single project. You would only need to register and pay separately if you want the AFI DOCS Industry Pass.


FEE

Peer Pitch plus AFI DOCS Industry Pass - limited quantity available through June 3
$150 plus processing fees (same cost whether observing or pitching)

Observer/Feedback Giver only
$25 (free for AFI DOCS Forum or Industry Passholders but registration with comp code required)

Pitching Slot only
$50 (if register and pay by May 17), $75 (from May 18 until full)

Fee includes coffee. There will be a break to have lunch on your own.


This program is made possible in part through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are also grateful to the AFI DOCS Film Festival.

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Docs In Progress - Alexander House

8560 Second Avenue

Suite 113 (enter on Apple Avenue across from courthouse)

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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