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CFE: Paley Center for Media Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop

PaleyCenterLockupblk2The Paley Center for Media has announced a call for entries for its celebrated Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop, which will be held at the Paley Center in New York on Monday, November 6, 2017. In this workshop/competition—now in its fourteenth year—a panel of documentary executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and will hear and evaluate pitches from up to five pre-selected up-and-coming filmmakers who are hoping to sell either a nonfiction concept or a documentary work-in-progress. The winner of the pitch competition in November will receive a $5,000 grant to be used towards the completion of their project.

This call for entries is to be selected as one of the five filmmakers who will participate in the workshop in November.

Complete submission guidelines and entry forms can be found at

Filmmakers can submit electronically through Withoutabox, a free online resource that helps filmmakers connect with film festivals, at

The deadline for entries:

Entries must be postmarked by deadline. Deadlines and fees are as follows:

  • Earlybird Deadline: July 14, 2017 ($25 regular submission fee /

$20 for Withoutabox members with upgraded projects)

  • Regular Deadline: July 28, 2017 ($30 / $25 Withoutabox discounted rate)
  • Late Deadline: August 11, 2017 ($35 / $30 Withoutabox discounted rate)

Special Extended Deadline:

September 1, 2017 ($45 / $35 Withoutabox discounted rate)

Withoutabox Extended Deadline:

September 15, 2017 ($55 / $40 Withoutabox discounted rate)



Past winners include Hart Island: How the Other Half Dies, directed by Erik Spink, Memories of a Penitent Heart by Cecilia Aldarondo, The Pregnancy Exclusion directed by Rebecca Haimowitz, The Age of Love by Steven Loring, Eleven directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai, The View from Bellas Luces directed by Christa Boarini; Charge by Mike Plunkett; From Texas to Tehran by Till Schauder; Circo by Aaron Schock; The House that Herman Built by Angad Bhalla; Whatever it Takes by Christopher Wong; and Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

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