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PITCHFEST

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THE FCFF PITCHFEST!

With over $10,000 in Prizes to be won! - Free to enter!

Saturday October 26 5:00pm to 7:00pm - audiences pay what you can.


 

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. Entering is free. If your pitch is selected a $30 fee to pitch will be collected upon acceptance.

PitchFest was a great experience that not only provided us with a great start to our project “Henchman,” but also sharpened our skills as filmmakers and screenwriters. With the time limits imposed, and the industry professional judges critiques we were forced to hone not only the pitch but the essentials of the story itself. I stand by the belief that you see the most creativity in people when you give them limits. It was amazing to see what all the contestants were able to do in the time provided, watching what they put forth as well as the countless hours we put in to perfect our own pitch is proof of the benefits of this contest regardless of the prize at the end. I repeated it a lot the night of, but I can’t thank the judges, and Forest City Film Festival enough for listening to a young filmmakers idea and giving him the chance to go forward with it.
— Andrew Dickhout - winner of 2018 PitchFest

$10,000+ in prizeS

  • $500 CASH FOR EACH BEST SHORT CONCEPT AND BEST FEATURE CONCEPT

  • Script coverage and poster design by VORTEX PICTURES ($1000 value)

  • $4000 Equipment rental from WILLIAM F. WHITE! 

  • $1000 Towards audio post at EMAC STUDIOS

  • $1000 Towards music composition by Award winning composer, RYNER STOETZER

  • $1000 Towards pre-production Audio Consult with Award Winning Sound designer, MARK VOGELSANG

  • $1000 Towards the final post-production enhancements by PLATERO VISUALS

  • THE TOP 6 PITCHES WILL EACH GET 10 MINUTES OF SPEED MENTORING WITH ONE OF THE JUDGES

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How it Works


 

Registered competitors are given 1 - 2 minutes to pitch their film concept (no TV concepts will be accepted but Narrative or Documentary shorts and features are acceptable) to a panel of industry experts. After the 2 minutes is finished, 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! 

ENTRIES TO BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 7 - PLEASE REGISTER HERE

IT IT FREE TO SUBMIT BUT ALL CHOSEN APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $30 ENTRY FEE PRIOR TO THEIR PITCH.  

Limited space! The 10 participants will be selected by October 15

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! 

Moderator

Jordan Morris (Writer/Producer/Screenwriting Instructor, Sighthound Studio)

Jordan is an award-winning producer and director of films like Nintendo Quest and FCFF Best Documentary winner, Missing Mom. He has also worked on numerous films as an actor, production designer, art director and screenwriter. Since 2013, Jordan has been creating and hosting popular seminars and workshops on the nebulous art and science of writing screenplays.

 

Judging Panel

Greg Jeffs (William F. White) an NSI Features First alumni, 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.

Paige Murray (CBC- Development Manager, Comedy and Drama and Canadian Reflections Programmer) Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over eight years within the content areas and is currently the Development Manager, Comedy and Drama for CBC English Television. As the key point of contact for comedy and drama submissions, Paige actively looks for new talent and projects and evaluates series pitches to fulfill CBC’s programming needs. Paige is also the programmer for Canadian Reflections, the longest running Canadian short film showcase on national broadcast television. Paige currently sits as Vice Chair of the Breakthroughs Film Festival Board. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women, trans and non-binary directors.

MARIA ALEXOPOULOS (Director and Producer) Maria launched the video division for social media giant Diply, where she was the Director of Video for over four years. Her time there oversaw the creation of online channels; Crafty, Delicious and Flawless, having collectively garned over 16 million followers and 500 million video views. Prior to her time at Diply she directed the feature documentary, Nepal In the Mountains Shadow, which premiered and won best international documentary at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival, she then went onto to produce indepenent feature films Liminality and Backtrack.

Shelly Quade (National Screen Institute)As manager of programs and development, Shelly runs the NSI Features First course. She takes great pride in her role as facilitator, guide and friend to her teams. Her interest in script reading and proofing has brought even more enjoyment to her job. Shelly came to NSI from Frantic Films where she used her research skills to delve into all areas of unscripted development. Considered a people person, it was a useful skill to have when casting developing show ideas. She prides herself on organization and creative thought and particularly enjoys hearing other people’s stories. Based on the east coast, Shelly represents NSI from her office in Halifax, always looking for the next story to be told.

 

How to Participate in the FCFF Pitchfest


 

1. Submit a YouTube or Vimeo link of you making your 1-2 minute pitch.

Why a video submission? Because we do not want to grade anyone on a written submission when the entire point of a Pitchfest is to reward those who can effectively PITCH. With such limited time available for the event, viewing these videos in advance provides a simple way for us to choose finalists with the most potential.

The video quality is not important. Your appearance in it is not important. Sound quality is not important (as long as we can clearly understand what is being said). No-one but our panellists will ever see this video. It will NEVER be released to the public or shared with any other party outside of the festival. All we want is to see how you structure your pitch, how you communicate your ideas, and how well you understand the industry at large by pitching us a concept that has both artistic and commercial potential.

NOTE: Videos that are longer than 120 seconds will be immediately disqualified.

2. Based on the pitch videos submitted, our panellists will choose TEN FINALISTS. These finalists will be invited to the FCFF Pitchfest that will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 5PM and will run until 7PM.

3. EACH FINALIST WILL BE ASSIGNED A NUMBER with their invitation. On the day of the event, you will pitch in that order. Any finalists that are not present in the event space by 5PM will be disqualified. Numbers will NOT be reassigned; the event will move forward and simply skip any numbers/finalists not present.

4. Finalists will be asked to remain in the cue in a specific area within the event space.

NOTE: Leaving that area will result in disqualification.

5. In numerical order, each contestant will be asked to move to the podium where they will address the panel of experts. The moderator will tell you when to begin. At that point, you will have ONE MINUTE Minimum and TWO MINUTE Maximum to make your pitch to the panel.

NOTE: The Moderator will cut you off after 120 seconds and move on to panelist questions.

6. Following the last panelist question, you will be asked to return to the finalist cue area where you started the contest where you will wait until all finalists have participated. After the last finalist has made their pitch, the panel will communicate with each other privately and collectively choose the grand prize winner.

We encourage you to stay in the event room as people may want to speak with you about your pitch and screenplay concept! Don’t miss your chance to mingle!

 

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