Wednesday

Aug. 19

12pm — 2pm ET

Pitch Session


As a maker-centered festival, BlackStar has been always been a space where connections are forged through sharing works, concepts, advice, and the occasional tea.

Join us for our second annual pitch session where a selection of filmmakers of color will propose their works-in-progress to an illustrious panel of funders, distributors and producers. Get the behind the scenes look at what it takes to develop a short documentary film and listen into how leading decision makers evaluate projects. 

8 filmmakers will pitch their short doc projects to a panel of representatives from highly influential foundations, distribution platforms and production houses, with the added bonus of a $1500 first place cash prize and a $25K co-production deal with WORLD Channel. An honorable mention pitch will receive $1,000. Each filmmaker will be given 7 minutes to present followed by 8 minutes of constructive feedback. 

Please note that a private URL will be made available to registered attendees only, who will be comprised of passholders, members, and industry.

Panelists include: 

  • Opal Bennett, POV Shorts
  • Jamila Farwell, Netflix
  • Chloe Gbai, If/Then
  • Alex Hannibal, CNN
  • Chris Hastings, WORLD Channel
  • Chloe Walters-Wallace, Firelight Media
  • Chi-hui Yang, JustFilms/Ford Foundation

Pitch Coach: Anu Radna, Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs


Aspect image
Aspect image



Selected Projects

Coming soon.