In cash and in kind, the prize is supported by The Wallace Arts Trust, Park Road Post, Soar Print, The Sound Room, Alex Lee Lawyers and the DOC NZ Trust. The Pitch competition will run as part of May’s Screen Edge Forum.
The Forum programme is yet to be announced, although Steve James (Hoop Dreams) is confirmed to present a masterclass. James will also present his recent Sundance-premiered feature, Life Itself, based on the memoir of the late film critic Roger Ebert.
Application to DOC Pitch is free, but open only to filmmakers with a full registration for the Screen Edge Forum.
The format is well established now, a ‘dragons den’ of local and overseas commissioning editors, distributors, sales agents, buyers and other funders – with the guarantee that at least one pitch will walk away a winner.
DOC Pitch will accept up to 12 projects, and runs a pitching masterclass for selected projects prior to the Forum.
The Screen Edge Forum runs 29-30 May at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).