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Doc Clinic #1: The Art of Pitching

23 Feb 2019
10am to 1pm Saturday 23 February 2019
A talent development initiative focusing on preparing filmmakers for Doc Pitch held annually during Screen Edge Forum.
Event type: 
Film, Seminar/Public Lecture, Workshop/Seminar
Regular: $17.25 Student: $11.50
Te Auaha
65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington


Doc Edge invites all filmmakers who are interested in submitting an application to Doc Pitch, or who want to learn more about the pitching procedure, to register for Doc Clinic #1 on Saturday 23 February at Te Auaha Wellington. Doc Clinic #1 is an introductory session looking at how to pitch, story development, writing proposals and creating audio-visual support clips.

– Introduction to Doc Pitch
– Why pitch your project?
– The elements of a Pitch – story, written pitch, budget, audio-visual material, verbal pitch
– Story ideas
– Case studies – hear from successful pitchers
– Impact/Audience


Jess Feast 

Jess is a documentary filmmaker with 20 years’ industry experience. She was awarded Best Pitch (Short) for her project Shot Bro which is currently in pre-production with Maori TV and The Spinoff. Jess’ independent features Gardening with Soul and Cowboys & Communists have successfully screened in cinemas and at international festivals, winning awards at home and overseas.  She has also made prime-time documentaries and series for TVNZ and TV3 and created online content for a range of organisations including Oxfam, Motu and Auckland City Council. She has also worked as a factual development executive for Gibson Group and together with partner Robert Appierdo is the director of Wellington production company Storybox.

Jude McLaren

Jude is the NZFC’s Talent Pathways Manager. Jude manages the funding process for the bi-annual Fresh Shorts rounds, including development labs. She supports filmmakers in their career development from the short to feature space. Jude has extensive production and development experience in the New Zealand screen industry. Commencing her career initially as Production Manager in factual and documentary then Development Executive at the Gibson Group which included developing numerous factual series and one off documentaries. Jude is graduate of Victoria University with a BA in Theatre and Film and the New Zealand Broadcasting School with a BA in Television Production.

Jazz Thornton

Jazz is a founder of mental health advocacy organisation Voices of Hope. In 2017, she was awarded Best Pitch (Short) at Doc Pitch for her web series project Jessica’s Tree. The project was picked up by producer Cass Avery from Augusto and will be available online via NZME later in 2019. Jazz is also the subject of a feature film, currently in post-production, also produced by Cass Avery, with director Leanne Pooley and producer Alex Reed. Jazz is a graduate of South Seas Film School’s directing course, and she is the director of viral video Dear Suicidal Me as well as being the director of all international video content for Voices of Hope.

Jazz’s links:
– thevoicesofhope.org
– Watch Dear Suicidal Me or Augusto web series
– Read Stuff article on Doc Pitch
– Follow on Instagram @jazzthornton

We encourage students interested in documentary filmmaking to attend the Doc Clinic and screening as well (reduced price ticket with student ID).

Written by

Doc Edge

24 Jan 2019

The Documentary New Zealand Trust (Doc Edge) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Auckland which was founded in 2004. Doc Edge's mission is to lead and inspire the creative, business and wider communities to develop and celebrate documentary stories.