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DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS NEED TO READ THIS. #GOODPITCH2 NOW IN KENYA

Gerald Langiri
July 21 / 2015

As part of the Durban International Film Festival 2015, a new joint initiative was announced between UK-­based documentary organisation, BRITDOC and the East African documentary film funder, Docubox. The two organisations are collaborating to produce the pitching forum Good Pitch 2 Kenya, which will connect Africa’s best social justice documentaries with new partners and funders.

Good Pitch is a project of BRITDOC in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Since 2009, Good Pitch has been bringing together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

The Good Pitch 2 programme was developed in 2011 to enable regional organisations to host their own Good Pitch 2 events. In 2015 there are Good Pitch programmes operating in the US, Europe, Australia, South East Asia, Argentina and now Kenya. Good Pitch 2 Kenya will be taking place in Nairobi in October 2016. It will present up to seven filmmaking teams to pitch their feature documentary and its associated audience engagement campaign in front of a live audience of funders and changemakers.

Once selected, these teams will receive sustained mentorship and professional development over the course of a year. This will include two campaign development workshops, taking place right after project selection and again on the eve of the live event.

The organisers are looking for six independent film teams from across the African continent ready to join the 2015/16 programme:
* Films that tackle a significant national or global issue or have something important to show us about
the world and ourselves
* Film teams who are looking for partnerships and funding to help their film create change around
leading social and environmental issues
* Films that are currently in production and will be 60+ minutes in length when finished
* English-­speaking filmmakers who are citizens of an African country


The call for entries is now open and will close on November 2nd , 2015.

To find out more information and apply, go to: http://goodpitch.org/events/gpke2016
Contact: Judy Kibinge, Docubox:| judykibinge@gmail.com | Elise McCave, BRITDOC: elise@britdoc.org

Good Pitch is the international forum for social justice documentaries, bringing filmmakers together with their social change partners. Since 2008 hub events have been hosted in London, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Toronto and Chicago. More than 2200 organisations from 34 countries have heard about new film projects at a Good Pitch and more than USD$17m has been raised in new funding, fuelling social justice storytelling and the campaigns that put those films to work in the world. https://goodpitch.org/

BRITDOC, Based in London and New York, BRITDOC is committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. BRITDOC is a non-­profit organisation founded in 2005, supported by Bertha Foundation, Channel 4 and the Ford Foundation. We also work with a number of other US and European Foundations across our project portfolio. http://britdoc.org

DOCUBOX is an East African Documentary Film Fund. We exist to enable talented, driven, focused and accountable East African artists to produce unique films that unearth new realities and that cross transnational boundaries. Through training, development and production grants, screenings for people who love documentary films, we promote East African filmmakers and share their unique stories with the world through creative documentary. www.mydocubox.org


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