The Big Sky Pitch is an exceptional opportunity for filmmaking teams to "pitch" their documentary work-in-progress to a panel of the top commissioning editors and funders for documentary film. All documentary forms and all subjects are eligible to submit. Held in the University of Montana University Center Theater in Missoula, Montana, the Big Sky Pitch is open to a live audience of filmmakers, industry representatives, and students. Commissioning editors will have the opportunity to critique and comment on each pitch. A maximum of 10 projects will be accepted to pitch in this session. Selected projects will have 10 minutes to pitch their project and show a sample, if available, followed by a 10 minute feedback session with panel. This is an engaging and entertaining experience for filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike.

The 2019 Big Sky Pitch jury panel will include representatives from FilmRise, AJ+, America ReFramed, the International Documentary Association (IDA), ITVS and Cinetic Media. 

Pitch participants will be announced shortly - stay tuned!

THE EVENT The next Big Sky Pitch will take place during the 2019 DocShop conference, 9am to 2pm on Thursday, February 21st at the UC Theater on the University of Montana campus. Visit the links below for directions and parking information. A free festival shuttle will run from the Holiday Inn Downtown to the UC every 20 minutes from 8:30am to 5:30pm on Pitch day.




Past Big Sky Pitch panelists have included: HBO Documentary Films, Participant Media, BBC Storyville, CNN Films, ITVS, POV, PBS, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Doc Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Catapult Film Fund, ESPN Films, Film Independent, ITVS, New York Times Video, Vimeo and Gravitas Ventures.

The Big Sky Pitch is closed for submissions.