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Developing your Documentary Project for ITVS: Workshop & Pitch

From: Stuart F.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 5:55 PM
FYI, I normally don't send out these emails, but this seems important and relevant to everyone here in the group. Here's a great opportunity to become more familiar with the process that ITVS goes through to select films for funding.

Developing your Documentary Project for ITVS:
Workshop and Pitch Session

Join Documentary Northwest for this all day event with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager for ITVS.

During the morning Saiz will provide case studies, video samples, and valuable handouts to walk you through the basic steps towards making your project more competitive with this organization. In the afternoon, there will be an informal pitch session where attendees will get an opportunity to watch as twelve people present their proposals and Saiz provides feedback.

As the single biggest funder of independent documentaries on television, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) has become indispensable for filmmakers seeking major funding for their projects. This all day event is a rare opportunity for independent producers to meet Richard and grasp the essential concepts and principles of how to make your documentary more competitive when applying for ITVS funds.

When: July 10, 9am ? 5pm (followed by a reception in West Seattle)
Where: Youngstown Cultural Art Center, Thelma Dewitty Theater
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Lunch will be provided. After the workshop we will have a happy hour reception (plenty of food and drink) for everyone at the nearby home of Ellen and Doug Frick. We'll give location information and arrange carpools if needed at the workshop.

Tickets: Thanks to generous donations by ITVS and the former NDA, tickets are only $20, $15 for students.
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About Richard Saiz:
Saiz, Senior Programming Manager for ITVS oversees Open Call, the organization?s largest funding initiative. Each year, he reviews more than 500 proposals from independent producers throughout the country. He has more than 35 years experience as a broadcast journalist, producer, director and writer. His documentaries have won numerous awards, including the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton and Best TV Documentary from the San Francisco International Film Festival.

We are now accepting proposals to present during the afternoon pitch session.

Each pitch will be allocated 15 minutes total: 5 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for Richard's feedback. You may allocate your 5 minutes however you choose. Please note that pitching at the workshop is not a substitute for the open call application to ITVS. Be sure and visit the ITVS site to learn about the process. We expect that you'll be familiar with the mechanics of the process before your pitch, as this saves time and allows everyone to focus on content rather than process.

Proposals should consist of a synopsis and treatment (no more than 2 pages total) and a proposed budget. If you have it, include a DVD of video no longer than ten minutes in length. This can be anything you want to show: e.g. an edited preview trailer, a string of selects or part of a rough cut.

Proposals are due by June 25 and should include your email and phone number. Mail your proposal to:
Documentary Northwest
1010 SW Elmgrove St.
Seattle, WA 98106

Those accepted to pitch will be notified by e-mail by July 3rd.

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