Peer Pitch West

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Our partnership with Docs in Progress and the D-Word continues in 2018 with the return of Peer Pitch West, an educational program where filmmakers can bring their documentary project, that is anywhere from idea stage to completion, and practice pitching it in the safe space of a room of g fellow filmmakers and documentary lovers. This program is now in its seventh year with SDFF, and we’re thrilled to once again welcome Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg to Sebastopol to facilitate the session.

If you are a documentary filmmaker looking for a supportive environment to give your pitch a test run or you are attending the festival and would like to support filmmakers with feedback, join us for Peer Pitch. We have eight pitching spots available (which will be given out on a first come, first served basis) and room for others to join in to provide feedback. Films which 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. Participants have also made connections with other filmmakers which have led to later collaborations. Some of the films which have come through Peer Pitch have included Let the Fire Burn, Slingshot, Kandahar Journals, Out in the Silence, Deej, Indivisible, Sweetheart Deal, and SDFF alums Big Sonia, Uranium Drive-In, Groove is Not Trivial, Drokpa, An Acquired Taste, and Twice Upon a Time.


Filmmakers with films in the 2018 festival are encouraged to join us, but advance registration is necessary. Our program staff can provide festival filmmakers a comp code if you plan to register to give feedback, but, because of the limited number of pitching slots, we cannot waive the fee for pitching.


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