The Paley Center's Pitch Contest offers a $5,000 grant for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker.
The Paley Center for Media is using this contest, now in its eleventh year, to choose five finalists who will pitch their unfinished films to a panel of experts and producers in front of an audience. This event, the Pitch Workshop, will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014, in New York.
To Enter Pitch Contest:
To enter this contest, you must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an UNFINISHED or WORK-IN-PROGRESS feature-length documentary that you hope to pitch to our panel. You must also send in a printed and filled-out entry form (below).
We will judge entries based on the originality of your vision and the viability of the concept. At the pitch workshop, finalists will be judged by originality, viability, and the persuasiveness of their pitch to our panel.
Deadlines to Enter:
Entries must be postmarked by deadline. Deadlines and fees are as follows:
• Earlybird Deadline: August 20, 2014 ($25 regular submission fee /
$20 for Withoutabox members submitting through Withoutabox)
• Regular Deadline: September 3, 2014 ($30 / $25 for Withoutabox members)
• Late Deadline: September 17, 2014 ($35 / $30 for Withoutabox members)
Special Extended Deadline:
October 1, 2014 ($45 / $35 for Withoutabox members)
Withoutabox Extended Deadline:
October 8, 2014 ($55 / $40 for Withoutabox members)
There Are Two Ways to Submit Your Entry:
1) We accept entries through Withoutabox.
2) To submit on your own, download the following PDF forms.
Overview | Official Rules | Entry Form & Submission Agreement
Then print out, sign, and mail a complete and fully executed copy of the Entry Form & Submission Agreement, along with your DVD, submission materials, and a check for your entry fee made out to The Paley Center for Media to:
c/o The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019
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