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Dragon's Den for Docos

Media Release: For Immediate Release 7 July 2006

Dragon’s Den for Docos

How do you get your brilliant documentary idea in front of the funders? And if you can get it there will you be able to sell it?

Introducing the first annual DOCNZ Pitching Forum! Brought to you by the DOCNZ Documentary Film Festival as part of 2006’s line up of hot must-see docos.

The first event of its kind in New Zealand, the Pitching Forum will host a panel of local and international buyers/commissioners, ‘Dragon’s Den’ style. Entrants will have a limited amount of time to pitch their idea and attempt to secure the funding they need to make it happen.

Interested parties with a great idea for a documentary can visit for entry details. Applications close at 4pm on the 14th of July.

Festival Co-Director Alex Lee says, “The inaugural international Pitch Forum is being introduced to attract new funding sources for New Zealand documentaries including co-productions with other countries. DOCNZ expects that it will be swamped by applications by local film-makers seeking the opportunity to participate at the Pitch Forum. Selection will be based on the best projects, no matter what the experience level of the entrant. It really will be like the ‘Dragon’s Den’ TV Show, with commissioners and programmers encouraged to pool resources to reach the desired level of funding for a project. It should be exciting and fun!”

The best eight to ten teams will be selected to undergo a Pitching Master class on the 12th of September. The next day the teams will have 15 minutes each to present their concept to the panel.


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