The Big Sky Pitch is an exceptional opportunity for filmmaking teams to "pitch" their documentary work-in-progress to a panel of the top commissioning editors and funders for documentary film. All documentary forms and all subjects are eligible to submit. Held in the University of Montana University Center Theater in Missoula, Montana, the Big Sky Pitch is open to a live audience of filmmakers, industry representatives, and students. Commissioning editors will have the opportunity to critique and comment on each pitch. A maximum of 10 projects will be accepted to pitch in this session. Selected projects will have 10 minutes to pitch their project and show a sample, if available, followed by a 10 minute feedback session with panel. This is an engaging and entertaining experience for filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike.
Submissions for the 2019 Big Sky Pitch open in September 2018.
The 2018 Big Sky Pitch jury included representatives from Vimeo, Tribeca Film Institute, Gravitas Ventures, ITVS and Sub-Genre.
2018 BIG SKY PITCH PARTICIPANTS
Preston Randolph – All We’ve Lost
Lagueria Davis and Camilla Hall – Black Barbie
Nathan Fitch – Drawing Life
Patrick O’Connor, Matt Lauterbach, Margaret McMullan – Embattled South
Nathan Clarke, Tyler Trumbo and John Harrison – The Funeral Home
Alexander Hyde and Alicia Kate Archer – Picture the Iceberg
Anne Munger and Zoe Hamilton – Sterilized
Dylan Nelson and Brian Pearle – The Stolen
Elizabeth Lo and Shane Boris – Stray
Kacey Cox – The Unclaimed: Habeus Corpus
Past Big Sky Pitch panelists have included: HBO Documentary Films, Participant Media, BBC Storyville, CNN Films, ITVS, POV, PBS, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Doc Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Catapult Film Fund, ESPN Films, Film Independent, ITVS, and New York Times Video.
The 2018 Big Sky Pitch is presented with support from Vulcan Productions.