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22 Jul 2015


 Connecting the best African social justice documentary films with new partners and funders

Durban, July 19th 2015 – Today at Durban Filmmart, part of the Durban International Film Festival, a new joint initiative was announced between UK-­based documentary organisation, BRITDOC and the East African documentary film funder, Docubox.The two organisations are collaborating to produce the pitching forum Good Pitch 2 Kenya, which will connect
Africa’s best social justice documentaries with new partners and funders. Good Pitch is a project of BRITDOC in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute
Documentary Film Program. Since 2009, Good Pitch has been bringing together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners,
good for the films and good for society.

The Good Pitch 2 programme was developed in 2011 to enable regional organisations to host their own Good Pitch 2 events. In 2015 there are Good Pitch programmes operating in the US, Europe, Australia, South East Asia, Argentina and now Kenya. Good Pitch 2 Kenya will be taking place in Nairobi in October 2016. It will present up to seven filmmaking teams to pitch their feature documentary and its associated audience engagement campaign in front of a
live audience of funders and changemakers. Once selected, these teams will receive sustained mentorship and professional development over the course of a year. This will include two campaign development workshops, taking place right after project selection and again on the eve of the live event. The organisers are looking for six independent film teams from across the African continent ready to join the 2015/16 programme:
? Films that tackle a significant national or global issue or have something important to show us about
the world and ourselves
? Film teams who are looking for partnerships and funding to help their film create change around
leading social and environmental issues
? Films that are currently in production and will be 60+ minutes in length when finished
? English-­speaking filmmakers who are citizens of an African country

The call for entries is now open and will close on November 2nd , 2015.
To find out more information and apply, go to:
Judy Kibinge, Docubox:
Elise McCave, BRITDOC:

Good Pitch ( ) is the international forum for social justice documentaries, bringing filmmakers
together with their social change partners. Since 2008 hub events have been hosted in London, New York,
Washington DC, San Francisco, Toronto and Chicago. More than 2200 organisations from 34 countries
have heard about new film projects at a Good Pitch and more than USD$17m has been raised in new
funding, fuelling social justice storytelling and the campaigns that put those films to work in the world.
With increasing demand from around the world, we've developed the Good Pitch² (Good Pitch Squared)
programme to share the learning and build the capacity of regional organisations to host their own Good
Pitch² events. Since 2011, Good Pitch² events have been hosted in Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, The
Hague, Taipei, Mumbai and Sydney. Good Pitch² is made possible with the generous support of the Ford
For each event, six to eight filmmaking teams are hand picked to pitch. Over a year, these teams receive
sustained mentorship and professional development.
On the day, each team has just 7 minutes to perfectly pitch their film and associated outreach campaign.
The moderator leads a feedback session with a room of strategically selected participants. All participants
bring something unique: expert knowledge, access to memberships and mailing lists, campaigning and
lobbying expertise, connections to policy-­makers or corporate leaders, and new sources of funding.
Download the Good Pitch Review 2014:
Based in London and New York, BRITDOC is committed to enabling great documentary films and
connecting them to audiences globally. BRITDOC is a non-­profit organisation founded in 2005, supported by
Bertha Foundation, Channel 4 and the Ford Foundation. We also work with a number of other US and
European Foundations across our project portfolio.
Over the last decade, together with our partners, we have funded more than 200 documentary projects,
including Academy Award-­winning CITIZENFOUR, Academy Award nominees Virunga , The Square , Hell &
Back Again and Dirty Wars . Other titles include The End of the Line , The Yes Men Fix The World , The
Look of Silence , Pussy Riot and Who is Dayani Cristal? .
BRITDOC also initiates global projects and programmes to help the wider documentary community:
? Something Real ( ), the documentary recommendation service
? Doc Academy ( ), our schools initiative
? BRITDOC Impact Award ( ), our annual prize for films that change the
? Impact Field Guide ( ), the free online impact producer toolkit
DOCUBOX is an East African Documentary Film Fund.
We exist to enable talented, driven, focused and accountable East African artists to produce unique films
that unearth new realities and that cross transnational boundaries. Through training, development and
PRESS RELEASE – embargoed until 5.30pm July 19th, 2015
production grants, screenings for people who love documentary films, we promote East African filmmakers
and share their unique stories with the world through creative documentary.