A PITCH SESSION FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMMAKERS: DEVELOPING YOUR STORY, INTEGRATING YOUR RESEARCH, FINDING FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION (3-0700)
Thursday, November 17
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Are you currently working on a film? Are you interested in getting feedback?
Are you interested in ethnographic film production but not yet ready to share a project in progress? Please join us at the AAA for a new Society for Visual Anthropology workshop:
This workshop uses the pitch format of documentary film festivals in which filmmakers pitch their work-in-progress to a jury of funders, distributors and award winning filmmakers. For each film presented, the jury will provide feedback including strategies for visualizing anthropological content and suggestions for developing your narrative and structure. Other discussion topics include conceptualizing your audience, and opportunities and strategies for funding and distribution.
Pre- Selected filmmakers will give a10 minute presentation of their project, that includes a description of the story, themes, research, visual style, plans for completion and a short video sample. Our workshop format is intended to encourage lively discussion between jurors, other workshop participants and the presenting filmmakers. Discussion will address both the effectiveness of the pitch and the substance of the film project. Jury and audience awards. The goals of the workshop:
- To model how to present a film project to potential collaborators, funders & distributors.
- To provide concrete strategies for turning research into visually compelling stories.
- To direct participants to funding and distribution opportunities.
Pitch jurors include:
Camilla Nielsson, Filmmaker/Anthropologist, Director, DEMOCRATS
Sarah Elder, Director, DRUMS OF WINTER: UKSUUM CAUYAI, SVA Film Festival Juror, Prof. of Documentary Film, SUNY Buffalo
Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources (DER)
Following the Pitch session, Leslie Aiello, from the Wenner-Gren Foundation will make a brief presentation about the Fejos Ethnographic Film Fellowship.
Two ways to participate in this workshop
PITCH YOUR PROJECT: Whether your project is in development, production, or in rough cut stage, this is an opportunity to get feedback on your work-in-progress from a jury with expertise in anthropological filmmaking, funding and distribution. Seven filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) will be selected to pitch projects. Those interested in presenting their film project should send a brief Pitch Proposal (see below) to Alice Apley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by OCTOBER 21, 2016. The organizers will select a mix of experienced to first-time filmmakers.
NONPITCHING WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: As a workshop participant, you can observe the pitches,join the discussion about the projects in progress, learn from the pitches, get ideas, and plan for a future visual project.
Pitch Proposal – If you are interested in pitching, send a one-page description of your project and a video sample. It should include:
- Short synopsis describing the significance of the project, brief discussion of the issues, themes and story you will explore, and the visual style of the film (e.g. observational, experimental documentary etc).
- Your bio, including your unique qualifications for completing this project successfully, such as knowledge, skills, access or history of involvement with the characters and/or subject matter.
- Please also include a short status report describing where you are in the research, development and/or production process, what work has been completed and a brief timeline.
- Production-related photo (optional).
Also send a trailer, teaser, or clips via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving). (7 minutes maximum)