Good Pitch Vancouver is delighted to announce a call for applications for its second edition!
The international event was birthed over a decade ago by the UK’s Doc Society in partnership with Ford
Foundation and Sundance Institute. Last year the full program travelled to Canada for the first time.
Surfing on the groundswell of positive momentum, the organizers are poised to continue growing the
movement in Canada.
Sue Biely, executive producer, Good Pitch Vancouver: “We are chuffed to keep supporting the
independent documentary community with this powerful model. Good Pitch brings together filmmakers
with civil society organizations to ignite social and environmental change through compelling storytelling.
Together let’s use documentary film as a tool to better our world.”
By taking courageous Canadian documentaries in production through a strategic coalition building
process, these films become more accessible to wider audiences. Their reach is amplified, so they can
educate, inspire and activate citizens to make real change on the issues represented.
During the six month program, Good Pitch Vancouver leads filmmakers through two multiday labs where
teams and international impact professionals create customized and strategic impact plans and pitches
for each film project. On the Good Pitch event day, the selected film teams present their polished pitches
to a carefully curated and invited theatre full of organizations and people who are in a position to offer
diverse forms of support, like mass memberships, research, experts, archives, pro-bono advice, lobbying,
funding or distribution partnerships. All become allies in the film’s launch and campaign.
Nicholas de Pencier, co-director, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch: “We were honoured to be part
of the first Canadian Good Pitch with Anthropocene. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn and
strategize approaches to Impact Producing from people who pioneered the form, and continue to lead it
as it evolves. It was also a rare and precious chance to gather and collaborate with film colleagues.”
Goals of Good Pitch Vancouver:
● Support the social impact of the very best independent documentary filmmaking in Canada
● Forge new partnerships between filmmakers and changemakers from across civil society
● Unlock new audiences for doc films and new partners for social impact
● Build a ‘global good’ network through the international nodes of Good Pitch events
● Enrich the lives of individuals, transform communities, and improve societies
In the inaugural Good Pitch Vancouver, 205 representatives were invited to attend from 136 different
organizations across Canada, the US, and Europe, igniting 239 pledges and partnerships for five films
tackling some of the most urgent issues today.
Since the very first Good Pitch in 2008, there have been over 40 programs executed presenting 250+
independent documentary film projects to over 4,200 organizations from across civil society including
foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media. The projects have
represented more than 500 filmmakers from 50 countries.
Applications for the next Good Pitch Vancouver will be accepted from July 12 –
August 15, 5:00 PM PST. APPLY HERE.
600-736 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1G3
Projects: Good Pitch supports feature length (60+ mins) social justice and environmental documentaries
with strong community outreach campaigns. Up to five projects will be selected.
Timeline: Application deadline is Aug 15, 2019. (If you are away and need to request a short extension
please email us.) Teams will be notified of acceptance by Oct 1, 2019.
Phase: Good Pitch Vancouver is unique in that is raises support for outreach only, so projects in
development are not eligible. Films must have production funding in place and be slated to premiere no
earlier than Sept 1, 2019 and no later than Dec 31, 2020. All details related to any broadcast and
distribution agreements must be noted in the application.
Residency: Productions need to be certifiably Canadian, as defined by the CAVCO points system. Fully
international projects are not eligible. Given GPV program funding sources, film teams from British
Columbia will be given special consideration.
Diversity: Filmmakers and producers with historic barriers to access are especially encouraged to apply.
This includes but is not limited to Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2.
If the application form is itself a barrier, please email us to explore an alternative approach.
Commitment: At least two members of each team must be available to attend, with no other conflicts,
the Impact Lab on Nov 1-3, 2019, and the Pitch Workshop and Event Day on Feb 28-March 4, 2020.
Travel to Vancouver will be fully at the filmmakers’ expense.
Good Pitch is produced in Canada by non-profit Story Money Impact and is supported by diverse funders
including a Donors Circle.