The Good Pitch heads Down Under

The Good Pitch, a fundraising forum for documentaries, is heading to Australia for a Sydney edition, which will be held in October next year.
December 9, 2013

The Good Pitch, a fundraising forum for documentaries, is heading to Australia for a Sydney edition, which will be held in October next year.

Hosted by the Shark Island Institute and the Documentary Australia Foundation, Good Pitch² Australia will be the latest satellite version of the fundraising forum.

The call is open for Australian doc filmmakers to submit their projects to the forum, which aims to partner doc-makers with foundations, not-for-profit organizations, philanthropists, policy-makers and more, in a bid to create social impact.

Seven filmmaking teams will be chosen to pitch their project, typically at a later stage of production, and present their plans for outreach campaigns.

The all-day event, to be held on October 8 at the Sydney Opera House, will be followed by successive events in Sydney and Melbourne for the next five years.

Malinda Wink, formerly the executive director of the Caledonia Foundation, will serve as exec director of Good Pitch² Australia.

The news comes after the Good Pitch earlier this year held its first Chicago-based event, as previously reported.

The Good Pitch was originally launched by Britdoc and the Sundance Documentary Film Program, and had its first international event in 2009.

In a statement, the Shark Island Institute’s exec director Ian Darling said the Good Pitch “is all about impact,” adding: “It aims to support filmmakers by creating alliances, finding new avenues of support, funding, growing audience and distribution, and magnifying the social impact of outstanding feature-length documentary films. This is a great news story for the documentary sector.”

“Selected filmmakers don’t just turn up on the day with their prepared pitch,” added Mitzi Goldman, CEO of Documentary Australia Foundation. “Instead, the Good Pitch² Australia team will work intensively with the selected filmmakers, not-for-profits, philanthropists, broadcasters and experts to further develop the funding and outreach strategy for each project before it gets into the pitching arena.”

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.