Good Pitch² Comes To Southeast Asia
To be hosted by Indonesian documentary organization, In-Docs.
The 1st ever Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017 is unfolding in Jakarta, Indonesia soon, presenting 4 compelling documentary films from the region. Good Pitch, the main event from which Good Pitch2 was spawned from, was first developed in 2008 by BRITDOC, the UK-based non-profit championing documentary films together with Sundance Documentary Institute and was originally held in the US and Europe as a platform for stakeholders in the nonfiction industry – foundations, NGOs, broadcasters, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and corporate partners – to connect with documentary filmmakers seeking to tell groundbreaking stories.
Since 2011, Good Pitch expanded further with Good Pitch2 programme as a way for regional organizations to run their own events and give better access to local filmmakers looking to partner up with potential individuals and establishments to develop social, environmental, and humanitarian documentary films. Good Pitch2 events have taken place in Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Sydney, and Argentina, to name a few.
Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017 will take place on the 4th of May at the Goethe-Institut Indonesia in Menteng, Jakarta Pusat. Unlike most film industry pitching programmes that put filmmaker participants in a one-on-one, “speed dating” kind of set-up with stakeholders, Good Pitch2 has its own unique system of allowing each selected project 30+ minutes on stage and basically present his/her film to all other participants in the gathering. Each film will also receive various mentorship and support, including an IMPACT workshop, outreach support, and pitching workshop, among others.
Indonesia’s very own Shalahuddin Siregar will present Song For My Children, a touching story about a choir group that heals deep wounds from an age-old genocide through long-forgotten songs. Yong Shu Ling from Singapore will present iNTuition, which provides insight into the lives of academically-challenged Singaporean teenagers and the revolutionary Mexican method of teaching that could be their best shot at learning.
From Manila, there’s Audio Perpetua by Ivy Rose Universe Baldoza, about the crossover of blind and sighted Filipinos in Manila through varied American audio recordings for transcribing, and Sunday Beauty Queen by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez, which follows a group of expatriate domestic workers in Hong Kong as they prepare to take part in an annual beauty pageant amongst themselves.
Participating filmmaker, Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez, comments on her selection, “I’m very honored that Good Pitch selected two Filipino films for their Southeast Asian launch. It’s my hope for ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ to bring together champions from different fields to create the social impact for change. I’d like to think that ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ is beyond a documentary film. It’s part of a grand wish to really see better things for my fellow Filipinos.”
Amelia Hapsari, Program Director at In-Docs, explains the benefits of hosting and taking part of Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017, “One of the greatest joys of hosting Good Pitch is to find new allies; to get to know someone who believes in the same thing and is passionate about the same thing but we didn’t know their existence before. We have renewed energy because now we know many more people and organizations are willing to champion the impact of these films together with us.”
Attendance at Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017 is by invitation only. Interested parties may apply and know more here: https://www.goodpitch2sea.org/get-involved/