The Pitch 2014
Upcoming Film lecture on 31 March.
Read about the filming of The Light
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Is The Pitch open to anyone?
The competition is open to film makers eligible to work in the UK, aged 18 years or over.
Is there an age constraint to entering?
If the pitcher is 18 years old on or before the 29 September 2014 they are eligible to enter.
Is The Pitch open to other countries?
We are already working to extend the range of The Pitch. Please contact Luke Walton, Project Director, if your organisation would like to discuss developing this with us in new territories.
As the competition stands, any individual who is willing and able to work in the UK may enter. This means that someone from overseas can enter but will be responsible for their travel to the UK and accommodation here, both for the finalists weekend (regardless of outcome) and for later filming (the film must be made in the UK). All participants are responsible for visa and passport requirements.
Can I pitch an idea that I already have?
Yes, but it must be an original idea and you must comply with the rules on ownership.
What should I include in my pitch?
Your pitch must include inspiration from a book, a story or a character from the Bible.
Your pitch can be a straight chat to camera; you could include your own storyboard or show us a short clip of what the final film might look like. The only limit to what you do is your own imagination.
What should I include in the pitch Description
This description should complement your short film, and set out the concept, genre and inspiration of your pitch. It should strengthen your filmed pitch rather than simply repeat it.
Do you want me to produce a 2 minute short version of the film, or do you want me to talk about the film as my pitch on film?
To pitch you must upload a short film. The film can be a simple set up, selling us your idea. You can stand in front of a camera and sell us your vision, or you can offer a taste of how the film might look - a trailer if you like, or storyboards and graphics to help sell your story. We want to hear the concept, the genre and what inspired your pitch. Either approach is welcomed.
Why does my wlmp file not work?
A wlmp file is a Windows Live Movie Maker Project file - which is used on your local computer to link your images, videos and audio files into a timeline to create the video. Once you have your timeline in the project file ready, you will need to use "File" > "Export video file" (or similar) to export the timeline into a useable video format.
What format do I need to upload my pitch in?
Please see our technical info page for everything you need to know about uploading your pitch file.
Does my pitch need to be in English?
No, your pitch does not need to be in English. However, if your pitch is in another language, it must be subtitled or dubbed in English
Can I register now and upload my pitch later on?
Yes. You can register your interest 1 March - 30 June. You can upload your pitch 1 July - 12:00 noon on 29 September, 12noon, 2014.
Can I pitch to make a documentary?
No, we are not looking for documentaries this year, but every other genre is acceptable.
May I submit more than one pitch?
No, you can’t. We hope you will want to make a pitch in further competitions, but for now, we would like your best idea and your total focus on one pitch.
When will my pitch be viewable online?
The shortlisted pitches will be available to be viewed for the public vote from 13 - 27 October 2014.
If I win, what is included in the prize?
- An apprenticeship with industry experts and advice from our judging panel of industry and commercial professionals.
- Your pitch will be made into a short film.
- Return airfare and accommodation (for two individuals) in Hollywood.
- A private meeting with established Hollywood producer Ralph Winter.
- Additional individuals associated with the pitch are welcome to travel with you at their own expense, but the meeting with Ralph Winter is exclusive to the winning pitch maker.
Also see the prize page.
What is the time commitment during the filming period?
It is hard to be specific about this as we want to offer as much flexibility as possible to the winner, and the winner could come from a number of different disciplines. It will, in part, depend on the winner’s role in the shoot. If, for instance, the winner were the writer of the pitch they might not actually need to be on set at all; however, if they are the director they're going to need to be 100% committed during the pre-production, production and post-production periods.
The Pitch has been established to support and encourage new and emerging film makers, so clearly we will want to take into account their time constraints, whilst making sure the film is made in the competition timetable and to make the best use of the budget. No doubt the winner will want to take full advantage of this opportunity with both time and energy.
What does ‘web exclusivity’ mean, exactly?
Web exclusivity means that your pitch has to be sourced from The Pitch servers.
Can I just scroll through a pitch to the end and then vote?
No. You will have to let the film play to the end to vote.
What’s the brief?
We are looking for compelling film ideas for a contemporary general audience. We are looking for projects that thoughtfully and effectively reset Biblical characters into new contexts. Most of all we are searching for dynamic and talented film makers to invest in.