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|Ten Minute Clips of Unfinished, Feature-Length Documentary Works-In-Progress
|The PaleyDocFest Pitch Contest, now in its fourteenth year, offers a $5,000 grant for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker.
The Paley Center for Media is using this contest to choose up to five finalists who will pitch their unfinished films to panel of experts and producers in front of an audience. This event, the PaleyDocFest Pitch Workshop, will take place on Monday, November 6 in New York.
To qualify for the contest, you must be an emerging filmmaker with two or less credits for directing a feature-length documentary, whether released or unreleased, and a U.S. citizen or legal resident. You must be able to travel to New York City AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE for our November 6, 2017 pitch workshop.
To enter, you must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an UNFINISHED or WORK-IN-PROGRESS feature-length documentary that you hope to pitch to our panel.
We will judge entries based on the originality of your vision and the viability of the concept. At the pitch workshop, finalists will be judged by originality, viability and the persuasiveness of their pitch to our panel.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
How do you sell a documentary? In this workshop and competition, up to five emerging nonfiction filmmakers will pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished documentary producers and executives. These judges will give them feedback on their concept as well as their presentation skills, and choose the winner of a $5,000 grant to be used toward the completion of the pitched film.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop is a highly popular workshop in which up to five emerging filmmakers compete for a $5,000 prize. During the workshop, a panel of television executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and hear and evaluate pitches from five pre-selected filmmakers who are hoping to sell either a nonfiction concept or a documentary work-in-progress.
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.
Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.
2016: Hart Island: How the Other Half Dies, directed by Erik Spink
2015: Memories of a Penitent Heart, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo
2014: The Pregnancy Exclusion, directed by Rebecca Haimowitz
2013: The Age of Love, directed by Steven Loring
2012: Eleven, directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai
2011: The View From Bellas Luces, directed by Christa Boarini
2010: Charge by Mike Plunkett
2009: From Texas to Tehran directed by Til Schauder
2008: Circo directed by Aaron Schock
2007: The House that Herman Built directed by Angad Bhalla
2006: Whatever it Takes directed by Christopher Wong
2005: Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
The Paley Center for Media pitch workshop contest (the “Contest”) is operated by The Paley Center
for Media (the “Paley Center”), 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019. The Contest begins on June 22,
2017, at 12:01:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), and ends on Sept. 15, 2017, at 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) (such period,
the “Contest Period”).
BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY TO THE CONTEST, ENTRANT (A) FULLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY
AGREES TO ACCEPT AND BE BOUND BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND BY ALL DECISIONS OF THE
PALEY CENTER, A&E (the ‘SPONSOR”) AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEE(S) (WHICH DECISIONS
SHALL BE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL RESPECTS), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DECISIONS
REGARDING ELIGIBILITY, SELECTION OF FINALISTS AND THE WINNER, AND THE INTERPRETATION
OF TERMS USED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND IN THE ENTRY FORM & SUBMISSION AGREEMENT,
AND (B) REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS THAT ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY ENTRANT IN
CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST IS TRUE, ACCURATE, AND COMPLETE.
1. ELIGIBILITY. AN ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER. VOID OUTSIDE OF THE ELIGIBILITY AREA
(DEFINED BELOW) AND WHERE OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Participation in this Contest is
open to any current legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia or U.S.
citizen living abroad, (excluding every national, state, local, or other jurisdiction in which it is
prohibited or restricted by any law, statute, regulation, or other appropriate authority, and in
particular Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations located in a
foreign country), who is eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry and has no more
than two (2) directing credits for completed documentary feature films, whether released or
unreleased (hereafter “Entrant”). Employees, consultants, representatives and agents of the Paley
Center and Sponsor or other sponsors as designated by the Paley Center and their advertising and
promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of and persons domiciled with any such
employees and agents, and any judges or other parties involved in any aspect with the creation,
production, operation, execution and fulfillment of the Contest, and the immediate families or
household members of each are not eligible to participate. The Paley Center, Sponsor, their
affiliates, subsidiaries, partners, prize providers, officers, employees, and subcontractors do not
warrant that this Contest may be entered legally in any particular jurisdiction. The Paley Center is
the final arbiter of all decisions regarding Entrants’ eligibility for the Contest.
2. HOW TO ENTER.
a. ENTRY. To enter the Contest:
(1) Review the documents entitled “PaleyDocs2017 Pitch Workshop — Overview” (the
“Overview”) and “PaleyDocs2017 Pitch Workshop — Entry Form & Submission Agreement”
(the “Entry Form & Submission Agreement”), as well as these Official Rules, available from
the link entitled “PaleyDocs2017” on the Paley Center’s site at http://www.paleycenter.org.
(2) Complete, sign, and date the Entry Form & Submission Agreement without any changes
to the Submission Agreement and submit entry fee.
(3) Send a DVD with no more than ten (10) minutes of material from the Entrant’s film along
with the completed, signed, and dated Entry Form & Submission Agreement and all other
required submission materials described in the Entry Form & Submission Agreement, by first
class United States mail (postage prepaid) or nationally recognized courier to:
c/o The Paley Center for Media, 9th Floor
25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
All materials must be submitted to the Paley Center in the same envelope or package.
b. SUBMISSION MATERIALS. Submission Materials (as defined below), with the exception of any
materials requested solely from Finalists, must be received by the Paley Center by the end of the
Contest Period in order to be eligible for the Contest. Submission Materials must include a DVD with
no more than ten (10) minutes of material from the Entrant’s film. Submission Materials (with the
exception of any materials requested solely from Finalists) received in whole or in part after the end
of the Contest Period, or that are (including any materials requested solely from Finalists)
incomplete, illegible, corrupted, or damaged, will be discarded and deemed to be VOID. Each
Entrant who is selected as a finalist in accordance with Section 3(a) below (each a “Finalist” and
collectively the “Finalists”) will also be required to provide the Paley Center, at his or her own
expense, with a “screener” clip of not more than five (5) minutes in length from the documentary
that is the subject of the selected entry, in a format specified by the Paley Center at the appropriate
time. Entrants may also be asked to submit additional written materials in order to be deemed
eligible for the Contest (such “screener” clip, the Entrant’s original DVD, any additional written
materials requested, and a participant’s Entry Form & Submission Agreement shall be referred to
collectively as the Entrant’s “Submission Materials”).
c. ENTRY GUIDELINES AND RESTRICTIONS. An individual may enter the Contest more than one
time, provided that (i) such individual must complete a separate Entry Form & Submission
Agreement and submit a separate set of Submission Materials for each entry submitted; (ii) the
same project (i.e., the same documentary or materials) may not be the subject of multiple entries
into the Contest; (iii) only one (1) entry per Entrant may advance to the final round of the Contest
and (iv) such individual also submits an additional fee for each additional Contest entry. Any
Submission Materials that are submitted in violation of these Official Rules will be disqualified and
deemed to be VOID. No changes to any Submission Materials will be permitted once such
Submission Materials have been submitted. By entering the Contest, Entrant agrees that his/her
Submission Materials shall not be deemed to be his/her confidential or proprietary information. The
tangible embodiments of all Submission Materials shall become the property of the Paley Center,
and no Submission Materials will be acknowledged or returned.
3. FINALISTS, WINNER, AND PRIZE.
a. SELECTING FINALISTS AND THE WINNER. The Paley Center will select up to five (5) Entrants from
the pool of all eligible Entrants (such five (5) Entrants based on the criteria of persuasiveness of the
pitch, originality of the vision, and viability of the project (the “Criteria”), to make pitches to a panel
of judges (the “Panel”) at a Pitch Workshop currently set forth to take place on November 6, 2017, at
The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 (the “Pitch”). Finalists will be
notified by phone or by email at the email address provided in the Entry Form & Submission
Agreement that they have been selected to participate in the Pitch. To be eligible to participate in
the Pitch, any Entrant selected as a Finalist must notify the Paley Center either by phone or by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 13, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. (ET), that he/she is able
to attend the Pitch. Entries and Submission Materials of any Finalist who (i) notifies the Paley Center
that he/she will be unable to attend the Pitch, (ii) fails to notify the Paley Center by the foregoing
date that he/she will be able to attend the Pitch, or (iii) fails to attend the Pitch, shall be deemed
disqualified and deemed to be VOID. If any Finalist is unable to attend the Pitch, the Paley Center has
the right, but not the obligation, to select an alternate Finalist to attend the Pitch from among the
remaining pool of eligible entrants. If an alternate Finalist is selected by the Paley Center, such
alternate Finalist will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Form &
Submission Agreement that he or she has been selected to participate in the Pitch, and will be
required to notify the Paley Center by email at email@example.com that he or she will be able
to attend the Pitch. At the Pitch, each Finalist will be required to “pitch” the project idea described in
his/her Submission Materials before a public audience, which pitch will comprise (i) a verbal
presentation of no longer than five (5) minutes delivered by the Finalist, and (ii) a visual
presentation, comprising a clip of no longer than five (5) minutes from the Finalist’s documentary.
The entire presentation of each Finalist may not exceed ten (10) minutes, excluding responses to
Panel questions. The Panel will critique both the presentation and the concept of each Finalist’s
pitch before the public audience. At the conclusion of the Pitch, and based on the Criteria, the Panel
will select one (1) Finalist as the winner of the Contest (the “Winner”). All judgments and decisions of
the Panel shall be final and binding.
b. PRIZE. The Winner will be awarded a five thousand dollar (US $5,000.00) grant by Sponsor (the
“Prize”), which Winner may use solely toward the completion of the documentary pitched by Winner
to the Panel at the Pitch. Only one (1) Prize will be awarded. As between Sponsor and the Paley
Center, Sponsor shall be solely responsible for the distribution of the Prize to the Winner. The
Winner may be required to sign additional agreements with, and provide additional information to,
Sponsor or the Paley Center prior to receiving the Prize. The Winner agrees to acknowledge the Paley
Center in the closing credits of his/her finished film or any other finished work comprising or based
on the documentary represented in the Submission Materials and presented during the Contest, in
the manner directed by the Paley Center. The Prize is nontransferable and nonrefundable. All taxes
(including, without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes) on or in connection with the Prize, and
the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of Winner. No
substitution of the Prize will be permitted.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
4. DISQUALIFICATION/INELIGIBILITY. Without limiting any other provision of these Official Rules,
the Paley Center reserves the right, at any time and in its sole discretion, to disqualify and/or deem
ineligible to participate in the Contest any individual or team it suspects: to be tampering with the
entry process or the operation of the Contest; to be in violation of these Official Rules or the Entry
Form & Submission Agreement; to have failed to complete or submit any required or requested
Submission Materials; to be acting in bad faith, or in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner; or
to be annoying, abusing, threatening, or harassing any other person in connection with the Contest
(each such activity, a “Prohibited Activity”). Furthermore, the Paley Center reserves the right, in its
sole and absolute discretion, to disregard and/or deem VOID any or all of such entrant’s Submission
Materials. ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE, TAMPER WITH, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE
OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES AS WELL AS APPLICABLE
LAWS. SHOULD THE PALEY CENTER BELIEVE OR BECOME AWARE THAT SUCH AN ATTEMPT HAS
BEEN, IS BEING, OR WILL BE MADE, THE PALEY CENTER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY
ENTRANT(S) THAT THE PALEY CENTER DEEMS TO BE INVOLVED THEREIN, AND TO SEEK REMEDIES
AND DAMAGES FROM ANY RESPONSIBLE ENTRANT(S) AND OTHER RESPONSIBLE PARTIES TO THE
FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
5. RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANT (A) RELEASES AND
HOLDS THE PALEY CENTER, THE SPONSOR, AND ADDITIONAL SPONSORS AS DESIGNATED Y THE
PALEY CENTER AND THE PANEL, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AND AGENTS
(COLLECTIVELY, THE “CONTEST ENTITIES”) HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LOSSES,
DAMAGES, RIGHTS, CLAIMS, AND ACTIONS OF ANY KIND ARISING IN WHOLE OR IN PART,
DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE CONTEST OR PARTICIPATION IN THE PITCH OR ANY OTHER
CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY, OR RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ACCEPTANCE,
POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST,
INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, AS
WELL AS CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY
AND (B) INDEMNIFIES AND HOLDS HARMLESS THE CONTEST ENTITIES FROM ANY AND ALL
CLAIMS, LOSS, OR LIABILITY OF ANY KIND THAT MAY BE ASSERTED AGAINST OR INCURRED BY
CONTEST ENTITIES AT ANY TIME IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION MATERIALS OR
OTHERWISE ARISING FROM, OR RELATING TO, ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST.
6. DISCLAIMERS; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. The Contest Entities make no warranties, and hereby
disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning the Contest, the Prize, or any other
information, materials, or prizes furnished or made available in connection with the Contest. No
responsibility is assumed by the Contest Entities for lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected,
mutilated, postage-due, illegible, unreadable, inaccurate, incorrect, inaccessible, corrupted, or
unusable entries or Submission Materials. Although the Paley Center attempts to ensure the
integrity of the Contest, Contest Entities are not responsible for the actions of Entrants or other
individuals in connection with the Contest, including Entrants’ or other individuals’ attempts to
circumvent the Official Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness,
integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running
as planned due to causes which, in the sole opinion of the Paley Center, could corrupt, compromise,
undermine, or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, viability, or proper
conduct of the Contest, the Paley Center reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to
modify these Official Rules and/or to cancel, terminate, reschedule, modify, or suspend all or any
part of the Contest (including, without limitation, the Pitch). IN NO EVENT WILL THE CONTEST
ENTITIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING
WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE
DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THE CONTEST,
THE PRIZE, AND ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED CONCERNING THE CONTEST ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”
WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.
a. GOVERNING LAW. The Contest, the Entry Form & Submission Agreement, and these Official Rules
are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, United
States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law. Entrant agrees to personal
jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in the County of New York in the State of New
York, United States of America with respect to any dispute arising out of or in connection with the
Entry Form & Submission Agreement, these Official Rules, or the Contest, and waives any
jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.
b. WINNER INFORMATION. For information concerning the Winner (available after November 6,
2017), please check the Paley Center website at http://www.paleycenter.org.
c. INTERPRETATION. In the event of any conflict between any information provided on the Paley
Center’s web site or in the Overview, on the one hand, and the Entry Form & Submission Agreement
and these Official Rules, on the other, the Entry Form & Submission Agreement and these Official
Rules shall govern.
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