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West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference

A Prime Pitch Opportunity for Nonfiction Filmmakers


The annual West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference, otherwise known as WestDoc, gathers producers and directors of nonfiction documentary and reality programming and the executives responsible for funding and/or acquiring such programming.

The conference's three-day program presents more than 100 industry experts who participate in panel discussions, consider specific case studies, and are available for networking at social events and in one-on-one sessions.

The third annual WestDoc, scheduled for September 9 to 12, 2012, has more than 30 panel discussions scheduled, and they cover a wide variety of subjects such as financing, conceiving and selling a documentary or reality TV one-offs or series, as well as exploring the various distribution models that range from traditional theatrical presentation to the latest digital platforms.

At this year's conference, there is a repeat of two programs that have been very popular in the past: Face Time provides individuals with one-on-one opportunities to pitch to network executives in 10-minute sessions, and the Sit-Down program arranges 30-minute intimate presentations in which executives and producers affiliated with commissioning networks discuss what they're focusing on today and what kind of programs they're seeking for the future.

The final day of the conference is designated for an all-day PitchFest, where documentary filmmakers and reality producers pitch new projects and concepts directly to network and development executives in front of a live audience for potential acquisition or co-production funding.

This year, WestDoc has a new venue. The conference is being staged in downtown Culver City, the LA suburb dubbed "the Heart of Screenland" because it boasts both the Sony Studios complex and the legendary Culver Studios.

The conference's opening night film screening, panels, keynote presentation, PitchFest competition and vendor area will be housed at the Pacific Theaters Culver Stadium 12, while the nearby and newly remodeled Culver Hotel will serve as WestDoc 2012's social center point, with special meeting place reserved for the exclusive use of conference participants.

"The conference is structured to give participants the best possible access and information," says Richard Propper who co-founded WestDoc with Chuck Braverman. "We establish a casual atmosphere to facilitate easy mingling with top decision makers, many of whom are based in Southern California. Our attendees consistently comment that they've benefited from the exposure to great people and great ideas."

As in past years, the conference pass gets the pass holder into all conference presentations, events and activities, including the Sunday sneak screening, as well as all of the panels and the parties. The conference pass costs around $600, but early bird registration specials reduce the cost by as much as 30 percent.

For more information about WestDoc and early registration forms, visit the WestDoc Website.

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