Bangalore International Centre

March 12th 2019

Good Pitch Local is coming to Karnataka, India.

It is a day-long networking event showcasing short-form non-fiction media projects that are deeply relevant to Karnataka and its people. It is an opportunity for organizations to make a radical creative collaboration with mediamakers and changemakers within their communities and usher in an impactful change.

Who attends Good Pitch Local?

Filmmakers, Foundations, Nonprofits, Local Activists, Brands, Educators, Lawyers, Mediamakers, Media Platforms, Philanthropists, Policymakers, Press and more.

How does it work?

An equal number of media makers and organizations pitch projects and ideas in an expertly moderated program of three-minute pitches. Then the room discusses how they might help.

They may offer :-

ACCESS to resources that support creation, distribution and outreach for the media projects

FINANCIAL RESOURCES often in the form of micro-grants of ₹50,000 - ₹100000

PARTNERSHIPS that strengthen campaigns and movements

TIME & EXPERTISE individuals commit their skills, talent and experience to one another.

Selected Projects

1. Driving with Selvi

Driving with Selvi is a feature documentary on Selvi, a former child bride, who escaped her violent marriage to become South India's first female taxi driver. Director Elisa Paloschi wants to make the film more accessible by creating shorter version, and an accompanying educational guide.

2. Tale of a River

Tale of a River is a documentary film to present the real story of the Netravati river diversion project. The filmmakers want to create awareness and thus build a movement against this project.

3. David vs Goliath in Uppinabetagiri

A contest between the local, rain-fed, pest resistant, organically grown, cotton seed V/S Bt cotton, notoriously popularised by a multinational. The documentary filmmaker persuades a farmer to help her facilitate a case for the relevance of the local in a globalised world.

4. Jack Journeys

A short documentary campaigning for the Jackfruit, an easy to grow fruit that survives pests, diseases and rising temperatures, which is resistant to droughts and even famine! In spite of all its miraculous powers, an estimated Rs. 8000 crores worth of Jackfruit is wasted in South India alone.

5. Clean Toilets

The only thing that stands in the way of lakhs of adolescent girls across Karnataka from completing their school education is a toilet! Bangalore-based Archana KR is on a mission to change that by persuading the Government and other stakeholders to provide clean and safe toilet facilities.

6. End Manual Scavenging

A multimedia campaign (feature stories, photo essays, videos, events) to end the life-threatening, inhumane and casteist practice of manual cleaning of sewers in a targeted manner in Bengaluru (by 2020?).

7. I Never Ask For It

The 'I Never Ask For It' mission is a five-year effort to end victim blaming by building testimonies through their clothing. The project is a safe space for survivors of sexual assault across Karnataka, but for the survivors, the audio testimonials, of similar sexual assault survivors can become a mode of connection and healing.

8. Transform-uru

Transform-uru is a citizens initiative aimed at re-imagining public spaces to make them green, sustainable and inclusive while providing a new paradigm for use of derelict urban lands in India.

9. Vegan Karnataka!

Veganism- A way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. A multifaceted campaign to promote veganism as a solution to many issues plaguing modern society.

10. Reimagining Handlooms for Karnataka

The mobile museum is a part of the Vimor foundation's effort at poverty alleviation through weaving. Through the memories of senior citizens, a repository of oral textile design stories is collected to skill youth and weavers in sustainable employment and arrest distressed rural-urban migration.

11. One Battle Won, Many to Conquer

With IPC 377 abolished, what will it mean to sexual minorities from different backgrounds? New possibilities and challenges, and to inclusively decide the future campaigns based on the inputs gathered from community members across Karnataka.

12. Ten Fold

'Ten-Fold' aims for creative interventions in public spaces in 10 Districts in Karnataka about Transgender and sex-worker issues which need visibility, solidarity, and awareness. A documentary of the project in action will be used as an archival for culture, impact studies and help in the future of policymaker, health-care, and other interventions.

13. Her Stories

What if local communities had the tools to tell the stories of their own lesser known role models? Training women to tell the stories of those women of substance from local communities who inspired them.

14. Equity on Streets

A campaign to create a behavioral change in drivers of motor vehicles to respect and accommodate pedestrians/cyclists on the streets.

15. Kanoon ke Saath (Kanoonina Jothege)

Info-graphic video tutorials explaining to people of Karnataka their rights and duties as a citizen while interacting with the police and justice system.

Thank you to all our partners and supporters who have made this Good Pitch Local event possible

See Who's Attending

Are you a local organiser?
Community leader?
Local foundation advancing social justice?

Do you envision film and storytelling as an aid to achieving your mission? Do you have urgent stories which need to be told?

We’d love to learn about you and your work.

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Attending Organisations

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6, 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560071

There was a decision made to really go local, because that's where the grassroots organising was happening and that's where the base was being built. Every community in the country could use a Good Pitch Local as injustice is everywhere.

Cara Mertes, Just Film, Ford Foundation

Good Pitch Local not only connected me to innovative filmmakers and change agents, but it also provided me with a fresh perspective and appreciation for the power of film and media in creating long lasting change in our communities. I walked away with new partners, ideas and stories to share.

Daniel Gibson, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Good Pitch Local was amazing! There was a dynamic and electric synergy between pitchers and local organizations. I left feeling energized and ready to amplify stories that can have an impact in my hometown. If you believe that your community needs more powerful narratives, then Good Pitch local is the place to be!

Ani Mercedes, Impact Producer

We can only do what we do because of organisations and individuals who support our work.
Thank you everyone.
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    • Doc Society
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    • The Ford Foundation
    • Sundance
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