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With over $4000 in Prizes!

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday October 27 5:00pm to 7:00pm


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. 

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

$4000+ in prizeS

  • $500 CASH





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! 



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! 


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

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 once again 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 Shaftesbury)

Kaaren 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.


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!