Good Pitch is run by BRITDOC, a UK-based non-profit working globally with documentary film.
The project would not exist without our invaluable partnerships with Ford Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
First conceived in 2008 and running several times throughout the year in the US and Europe, as both standalone events and in conjunction with bespoke conferences and film festivals, Good Pitch brings together specially selected foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasters and potential corporate and brand partners to form powerful alliances around groundbreaking films.
The annual series of events is run by the crack team at BRITDOC:
JJess is the Chief Executive of BRITDOC. Before that, she was a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 and a founder of Shooting People, the online filmmakers network. She is also a board member of the UK think tank IPPR and has an MBA from Cass Business School. Jess likes to moderate for IDFA, the Skoll World Forum, the Trust Women conference and BRITDOC’s Good Pitch.
Having worked in documentary for the past 20 years, Beadie is in heaven in her role at BRITDOC – befriending independent filmmakers globally, funding great films, brokering new partnerships and sharing knowledge.
In addition to executive producing a number of films, Beadie is responsible for the global Good Pitch programme and helping develop tools for the field such as the Impact Field Guide and the Doc Impact Award.
Beadie is also an experienced filmmaker. Titles include Only When I Dance, released theatrically in the UK and US. She produced Unknown White Male in 2005, which played at Sundance Film Festival and was Oscar shortlisted.
Sandi has been the Outreach Director for Good Pitch North America since 2009. He is also a busy filmmaker; the Director/ Producer of Trembling Before G-d, Producer of A Jihad for Love, and Co-Producer of Budrus.
His award-winning work has screened at Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and over 200 festivals, aired on BBC, ZDF-Arte, and been funded by over 60 foundations. Sandi is directing a film about Amichai Lau-Lavie, a 21st century spiritual innovator for our skeptical, secular, digital generation - and is following his rise to leadership over 15 years. The project is supported by The Sundance Institute DFP, The Catapult Film Fund, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Candescent Films, and Hartley Film Foundation. filmsthatchangetheworld.com
Stéph leads on BRITDOC's event production. This includes oversight of the Good Pitch program worldwide, Impact Labs, and Impact awards, planning and delivering flagship Good Pitch events, planning the roll-out of Good Pitch2 global, and supporting potential and current Good Pitch2 teams.
Previously, Stéph was Festival Director and Programmer of Northern Lights Film Festival, an international film festival bringing the best of Northern European fiction, documentary and short film to the North East of England.
Before joining BRITDOC Stéph managed and delivered events strategy internationally for the UK Film Council.
Nicole strategizes with filmmakers and focuses on building new and exciting relationships with foundations, philanthropists, brands and NGOs, as Good Pitch will engage the European community for the fourth year running at the Norwegian Opera House in 2015. She’s also assisting on the US Good Pitch events, Good Pitch satellite events worldwide, and she’s working on the BRITDOC Circle Fund - our newest initiative supported by a group of individual funders.
Before joining the Foundation, Nicole worked as a television journalist for broadcasters including RTL News and Al Jazeera.
As Good Pitch Producer Isabel plans and delivers BRITDOC's hub Good Pitch events, Impact Labs and the Impact Award. Isabel also works across the Good Pitch2 Global Program, supporting current and potential Good Pitch2 teams.
Before joining the foundation Isabel worked at the British Film Institute, the London Film Festival and as a researcher for documentary company GA&A Productions in Rome. Isabel completed her Masters at Cambridge University in 2012 with a thesis on performance and ethics in contemporary British documentary.
As Project Coordinator Ayan supports the planning and delivery of BRITDOC projects including Good Pitch, Impact Award and Doc Academy. Ayan joined the team from Norway after putting in a star turn as a volunteer for Good Pitch Europe in 2015. In Oslo, Ayan worked with online content and communications at the production company Sant & Usant.
Naomi Walker is Outreach Director for Good Pitch New York. She is also the new Executive Director of Southern Documentary Fund. Naomi was Outreach Director for Good Pitch Chicago 2015 and assisted Sandi DuBowski on GP Chicago 2013. She worked with ITVS for over nine years as National Engagement Consultant and has advised various documentaries on engagement strategy, including Louder Than A Bomb and Deaf Jam and created the classroom materials and discussion guides for Kartemquin Films’ Prisoner of Her Past. She formerly served as Education Director for Cinema/Chicago and taught Outreach and Engagement Strategies for the Documentary at The Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary at Columbia College.
Iyabo joined BRITDOC in June 2016 as Outreach Manager for Good Pitch New York. Iyabo is a Brooklyn based independent film producer, writer/director, and entrepreneur. She is currently producing the feature documentary For Ahkeem, by Emmy winning directors Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest. Iyabo previously held positions at Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, Hamptons Film Festival, IFP, and has served on juries for DOC NYC, the IDA Awards, and Cinema Eye Honors. She produced the fiction feature Sun Belt Express which premiered in Paris at the Champs-Elysée Film Festival in 2014. In 2016, Iyabo founded Feedback Loop, a documentary consulting organization, and started Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a collective of women filmmakers of color working in documentary. Iyabo graduated from NYU’s Tisch School with a BA in Film & Television in 2006, and is a 2016 Impact Partners Creative Producing Fellow.
Juan Carlos Zaldivar is our new Outreach Director for Good Pitch Miami. Juan Carlos has a diverse and accomplished background as an artist, filmmaker and curator and has long been an active advocate in both New York and Miami for documentary filmmaking and the visual arts. He co-founded the social issue film festival The Florida Room, The Miami Filmmakers Collective, and most recently collaborated as associate producer and cinematographer of the Virtual Reality short film A History of Cuban Dance (Sundance 2016; VRSE app) and co-producer of the anticipated feature Buena Vista Social Club: Adiós.
Aida Mbowa is a Ugandan multidisciplinary performance artist, historian, and budding impact producer who was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. In June 2013, Aida attained a dual PhD in Drama and Humanities from Stanford University in California. She then became the Artistic Director of Maisha Garden in Uganda, the multidisciplinary arts space for Maisha Film Lab founded by filmmaker Mira Nair. A lover of the arts, Aida seeks to build partnerships and support meaningful, impact-driven creative work. Aida joins the BRITDOC London office to be the Outreach Director for Good Pitch Europe 2017, having just wrapped up work as the Outreach Director for Good Pitch2 Kenya, working with Docubox: The East African Documentary Film Fund.
Thanks to our major supporters and true partners at the Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, CrossCurrents Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Hartley Film Foundation, Impact Partners, Wyncote Foundation, and our anonymous donors.