FCFF Pitch Fest is Here!

A truly unique opportunity to pitch your great idea to a team of experts.

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Do you have a great idea for a film? Are you working on a script now or plan to in the near future? Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to test the artistic and marketing value of your film concept before a panel of industry professionals. Pitching provides excellent feedback on where your idea works, where it doesn’t and how to make it good enough to sell.  So sign up today!

  • $500 Cash Prize

  • Script Coverage And Poster Design By Vortex Pictures

  • $2500 Equipment Voucher From William F. White!

How it Works:

Registered competitors are given 1 - 2 minutes to pitch their film concept to a panel of industry experts. After the 2 minutes are up, they will be asked a single question by each panelist and given 30 seconds to answer each one. Time is of the essence, so know your concept well and keep it short! Immediately following the PitchFest, our panelists will choose and present the prizes to our winner! This is a fascinating and entertaining event for filmmakers and film fans alike, so please join us in the audience for this unique event and enjoy witnessing pitches for what may become the next award-winning films!


You will find out if you're successfully part of the Pitch Fest by October 15th. All chosen applicants at this stage will be required to pay a $25 entry fee. 

FCFF Pitch Fest Panel:

The Pitch Fest is moderated by Jordan Morris, writer, producer, screenwriting instructor at Sighthound Studio. Jordan is an award-winning producer and director of films like Nintendo Quest and FCFF Best Documentary winner, Missing Mom. Since 2013, Jordan has been creating and hosting popular seminars and workshops on the nebulous art and science of writing screenplays.


Geoff Hart (CEO/Producer, Longshot Pictures) Geoff’s first breakout project happened in 2006. While under his own Longshot Pictures banner he worked as both writer and producer of the animated TV series adaptation of Pierre Berton's Secret World of Og on CBC, a 2.3-million-dollar animated series for children. He also produced the popular horror film Devil Seed (2012) for Matchbox Films which found distribution in over 55 countries around the world. Most notably, Geoff produced what was likely the most expensive feature film ever shot in London, Ontario: TAPPED OUT (2014). The massive fight film starred Anderson Silva (UFC), Lyoto Machida (UFC) Michael Biehn (Terminator/Tombstone) Krzysztoff Soszynski (UFC, Here Comes The Boom) and Martin Kove (Karate Kid). Currently Geoff is working as a Producer, this time with Real True Pictures on Origen, A True Story of Evil which is one of his own scripts currently in development.

George Mihalka (Director, Quatrieme Vague Management) George Mihalka is known for the ease with which he moves from drama to comedy, from theatrical features to television. Mihalka’s films have achieved record sales at the Canadian box office and his series, record ratings. Since 1988, George’s films, television movies, and miniseries have been honoured with over 50 nominations and awards in Canada, the US and internationally. His international features include the cult horror classic My Bloody Valentine, and Bullet to Beijing, starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon. George’s other feature credits include the French comedies La Florida (Golden Reel award) L’Homme Ideal, and Les Boys IV, all top box office successes in Canada. His longform television credits include the Gemini Award winning Dr. Lucille starring Louis Gossett Jr, and Sticks and Stones starring David Sutcliffe. 2009 winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize for best Canadian youth and family film, Sticks and Stones also won Best Foreign Feature Drama at the 2008 Los Angeles International Family Film Festival and earned Gemini and Canadian Film and Television Production Association Indie Award nominations. Race to Mars, a four hour miniseries about the first manned flight to Mars, had the highest ever ratings for a speciality channel (Discovery) in Canada in 2007 and on Arte, France in 2008. George also directed Thunderpoint and Windsor Protocol starring Kyle McLaughlan for Showtime. George has also worked as Director/Showrunner on the multiple award-winning French-language series Scoop and Omerta 3, Last Man of Honour, and the Orwellian miniseries thriller Haute-Surveillance. Currently, he is working as showrunner/executive producer, developing 24 Hour Rental, a comedy series for Reel One Entertainment, Los Angeles.

Greg Jeffs (Client Services Coordinator, Emerging Filmmakers/Digital Content Creators, William F. White International Inc.) Greg is an NSI Features First alumni. He has written and produced short films that have been broadcast, released theatrically and are available on iTunes. His short film, THE HUNT, was named the best short film of 2013 by RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE. His directorial debut, IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD premiered at the 2016 Horror Channel Fright Fest and continues to tour the worldwide festival circuit. Through his work with William F. White he helps new talent learn the industry procedures and develop a plan for their project that will help maximize the results.

Susan Curran (VP of Acquisitions and Marketing, United Front Entertainment). Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive in both the Music and Film Industry. Currently, she is on a new journey working in film production in marketing and development. In 2016 Susan became a founding partner of United Front Entertainment. Previously as the Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, Susan released over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over a 100 of which were Canadian acquisitions. She is a champion of new talent, and enjoys the energy and ingenuity of the creative professionals she meets while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.

Kaaren Whitney-Vernon (Senior Vice President Branded Entertainment at ShaftesburyKaaren is a keynote speaker and marketing visionary. Before joining Shaftesbury, Kaaren founded two successful companies. The first, Youth Culture Inc., is a media agency specializing in helping brands to target millennials. This worked with brands like P&G, L’Oreal and Coca Cola to reach millions of that audience. The second, Shift2, created original programming for brands such as Walmart, U by Kotex® and RBC. Today, at Shaftesbury, Kaaren charges her team to produce original content for television, film, and digital brands designed to drive revenue. Kaaren has been quoted in BNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, on CBC and is the President of the North American chapter of the global Branded Content Marketing Association. Kaaren also sits on several North American marketing advisory boards and judging panels such as Adweek’s Arc Awards at the Branded Storytelling Conference held at the Sundance Film Festival. As a maverick in branded entertainment, Kaaren actively provides opportunities in branded collaboration for young creators and is part of the movement to bring a universally accepted measurement for branded content. As an Executive Producer of the scripted digital series Carmilla, 60+ million views, Kaaren has been invited to speak at leading television and content markets.

For more info on how the FCFF Pitch Fest works click here. In preparation for the Pitch Fest, learn how to pitch effectively.


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