Peer Pitch Midwest (IE1-1272)

May 10, 2017 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM CDT

Columbia College Chicago

1104 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

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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 12 years, Docs In Progress has been presenting Peer Pitch programs in the Washington DC area. Six years ago, we expanded to hold Peer Pitch West in California. In 2017, we are excited to come to Chicago for the first-ever Peer Pitch Midwest.

This program will give up to nine documentary filmmakers of all experience levels the opportunity to present new projects to fellow filmmakers for feedback and for all attending to gain valuable insights and new connections which can guide their own filmmaking.
Peer Pitch takes place on Wednesday, May 10.  While it is being programmed as part of Columbia College's #DocYourWorld Symposium, Peer Pitch is open to all documentary filmmakers from across the Midwest. Travel to Chicago would be at your own expense.

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 among peers before trying their pitches out on industry.

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, Sweetheart Deal, Big Sonia, Out in the Silence, Deej, Indivisible, The New Woman,  The Lost Dream, and Uranium Drive-In.

Participation is open to any filmmaker who has a documentary project he or she 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 observer the process, but don’t necessarily have a project to share. 

Those pitching will need to provide an .mp4 or .mov file of their film one week prior to the program. We will follow up with you on how/where to send this.

We will send an e-mail to everyone signed up with the exact building and room number close to the date.

Fee includes coffee. Lunch will be on your own (there are places within easy walking distance).

This program is made possible in part through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is co-sponsored by Columbia College's School of Media Arts and The D-Word.

Full payment must be received in order to hold a spot in Peer Pitch. If you are paying by credit card or PayPal, please select "PayPal" as the option (you do not need to have a PayPal account). If you do not feel comfortable paying online, you may send a check made payable to "Docs In Progress" with the title of the program noted in the memo line. Mail to Docs In Progress, 801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910. We cannot hold pitching spots until payment is received.

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of inclement weather which would impede safe travel, we will make a decision by 6 pm the prior day on whether to cancel the program. If you have not received a notification from your instructor, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
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