The Great Chicago Pitch is a fast-paced, exciting afternoon showcasing 5 great documentary film teams pitching their current projects to a live audience of avid film lovers. The Great Chicago Pitch presents a peek inside the best docs-in-progress happening this fall in a live crowdfunding environment, providing the audience with a look behind the curtain of how amazing documentary films get made.
The audience is diverse and includes industry executives, funders, cinephiles, filmmakers, and social cause organizations aligned with the issues at the heart of each film. The Great Chicago Pitch will enable live crowdfunding through moderated conversation. All audience members and donor Giving Circles will award a pool of funds to films of their choosing, adding excitement for them and the film teams.
Think TED Talk meets Shark Tank - The Great Chicago Pitch engages an audience of 200+ people to help get these important projects across the finish line and onto festival, theatrical and broadcast premieres. In addition, the pitch focuses on IMPACT: taking films from the screen out into neighborhoods far and wide to be used as a tool for community gathering, engagement and action.
The Great Chicago Pitch will be moderated by Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer at the Obama Foundation.