Good Pitch Local Philadelphia 2021

Tue 27 Jul 2021

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Good Pitch Local returns to Philadelphia this summer for a third edition in partnership with PhillyCAM on July 27, 2021 in a half-day virtual event. Good Pitch Local supports short-form non-fiction media projects and powerful stories from community leaders addressing issues urgent and important to local communities. It provides a powerful platform for collaboration and impact, connecting participants to resources and partners, strengthening networks and communities. The live event will feature a curated selection of pitches and presentations in an atmosphere of radical collaboration, where storytellers and change-makers connect with funders, media platforms, and partner organizations that can help ensure these stories get made and make a difference.

Good Pitch Local is about providing a platform for stories with local connections that include themes urgent and pertinent to our times from the COVID public health crisis to the racial justice movements of this past year. Past projects have encompassed themes of criminal justice reform, climate change, education activism, profiles on local artists and leaders and much, much more.

Who Should Apply?
We invite both media makers looking for partnership and support, and representatives from organizations who are at the heart of stories that need to be told to submit projects for consideration.

Why Apply?
  • Professional Development
  • Mentorship from an industry professional
  • Take your film or project to the next level
  • Brainstorm and develop an impact campaign alongside experts in the field
  • Opportunities to receive support from community organizations to national distributors
  • Networking opportunities

Projects are chosen by a committee of local media organizers. Selected projects will attend Impact Workshops, work with a professional mentor, and participate in the live pitch event on July 27th.

Have Questions?

Our team hosted a How To Apply Info Session, with helpful info on the program, tips for your application and testimony from Good Pitch Local alumni. If you missed it you can watch the program here. Or you can view the presentation slides here.

If you have questions about the program, application process, or would like to learn more, please contact goodpitchlocal@phillycam.org.

What Happens At Good Pitch Local?

At the live event pitches are made, moderators work the room, and individuals step up to offer support of all kinds to advance the projects to production and community impact. The day includes presentations from experts in media and impact offering good ideas and actionable insights.

As of now we are envisioning this as a digital event and are exploring ways to introduce in-person networking into the live event. Our team is closely monitoring the guidelines for in-person gatherings and any changes to the program will be communicated to potential participants and audience members here on our website and via email.

To Apply:
Media makers please apply here.
Organizers please apply here.

Applications are due May 5 at 11:55pm ET.

We have carefully recruited a curation team to evaluate film submissions. The curation team will evaluate submissions guided by the following values:
  • We prioritize films and projects made by Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, Indigenous, Disabled, Poor/Working Class, Queer, Trans, non-binary, Women and Femme filmmakers.
  • We prioritize films and projects made by people who belong to the communities their films are about.
  • We prioritize stories that disrupt harmful/dominant/mainstream narratives.
  • We prioritize stories and filmmakers in the Philadelphia region or with a strong cultural connection to Philadelphia.

Successful applicants will be notified early June 2021. If chosen to participate in Good Pitch Local mandatory attendance is required on July 27 and workshop dates June 9, 16 and 23. Workshops will be held in the evening via Zoom.


This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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