I was able to catch some of the Good Pitch session yesterday. My conclusion? What a great opportunity for the presenting films!!
For anyone not familiar with Good Pitch, it is a partnership between Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. It travels around to various film festivals and gives documentary film makers an opportunity to present their projects to a variety of potential stakeholders: NGOs, foundations, media, etc.
At SilverDocs yesterday, eight teams were given the floor. The proposals included a film about a man who has been in solitary confinement for more than 30 years, a film about shit (seriously), and the story of three shack dwellers trying to save their community in post-Apartheid South Africa.
The approximately five hour session went like this: the filmmakers presented their film, showed a trailer and then Jess Search from the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation (fantastically) moderated the subsequent discussion, during which the invited potential stakeholders spoke about how they could possibly get involved and their thoughts about the project.
It seemed like a lot of the invited panelists were quite familiar with the projects prior to Good Pitch, which is a testament to the filmmakers who have obviously put a lot of work into getting word out about their film.
Although I am not a filmmaker, I can see how Good Pitch would be a great resource to anyone in the audience who is working on a film. The contacts in the room are great and it is a wonderful opportunity to see what others are doing and how they are doing it. Definitely a good thing for the documentary film community.
And here is my attempt to capture Good Pitch (I had promised you photos, after all). Sad, I know. But it’s all my little phone can do. @africaten called it “Arty”
— Preeti Balakrishnan