The Pitch 2013
The 2013 Finalists have been announced.
View the 2013 Shortlist.
View the 2013 Longlist.
Read about the filming of The Light
The judges for The Pitch
The judges will select, at their own discretion, pitches they believe are equipped to impact the world through art and film. Further information is available on judging criteria and how the voting works.
For information about the judges for The Pitch Caribbean, click here.
Dr Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas are the writings of Paul the Apostle (with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians), New Testament Interpretation and the development of Ministry in the New Testament Period.
She is Canon Theologian of Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals, Lay Canon at Salisbury Cathedral, a Six preacher of Canterbury Cathedral, Vice president of the Bible Society, Visiting lecturer at King's College, London, and Associate lecturer at St Mellitus College, London. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod. Paula attended the finals for The Pitch in January 2013, is particularly interested in story form and keen to help the theological development of the competition.
Actor David Gyasi was born in Hammersmith, London and has appeared on Stage, TV and Screen. Currently he is filming on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and previous screen appearances include Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, Red Tails (all 2012), and Shooting Dogs. Amongst his many TV appearances are White Heat, Dr Who, Waking the Dead, Murderland and Law and Order, and he has appeared on stage across the UK including War Horse at the National Theatre.
Distinguished stage, television, and film actor Toby Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennifer Heselwood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, a fellow actor. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989, and at L'École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris under Jacques Lecoq from 1989 to 1991. Naturally, his career began on the stage (and continues there), but film and television roles came soon after his studies. This British character actor has appeared in many films including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), The Mist (2007), Frost/Nixon (2008) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Hunger Games (2012)
A journalist and screenwriter, Nev Pierce is Editor-At-Large for EMPIRE, the world’s biggest film magazine. He also contributes regularly to The Observer and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He has served on two BAFTA juries and reviewed films for Sky News and BBC Radio. He wrote the short film Rahab, for previous Pitch-winner Rob McLellan, and has various screenplays in development, including his directorial debut. If you want to read some of his articles – including interviews with Brad Pitt and Jack Nicholson – and learn more about him than you could possibly need to know, visit nevpierce.com.
A founding director of The Script Factory (1996) Lucy saw success with the first season of Screenplay Readings in London, sourcing talent and finance for unproduced projects. Through innovative development and training programmes over the last 16 years, Lucy has worked with numerous writers on short, feature and documentary projects including writers Paul Fraser (Twenty Four Seven), Alice Addison (The Hunter); and celebrated documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield.
An experienced development mentor; she has devised and delivered courses for numerous production companies; worked for regional production funds; and conducts training for The Script Factory both throughout the UK and internationally. Lucy is author of Reading Screenplays: How to analyse and evaluate film scripts (Kamara Books, 2011)
Anna Cox has worked at the BBC since 1993 as a documentary director and producer. Her award winning films have ranged from a fly on the wall documentary for BBC2, about an experiment into prayer in the States, to numerous drama documentaries for BBC1. Her work has taken her from the deserts of Egypt to the suburbs of New Zealand, via the “Hollywood” sets in remote parts of Morocco. She’s currently producing four hours series of TV for BBC1, which will broadcast in the lead up to Christmas this year.
Martin has composed and orchestrated over 200 scores for film and TV. Amongst these were the landmark natural history series Land of the Eagle and Realms of the Russian Bear, in which he pioneered the recording of music samples on film locations. The diversity of Martin’s material also embraces BBC, ITV and C4 dramas including: Black Hearts in Battersea, The Levels, and The Uninvited. His TV signature tunes include: BBC’s Newsround, Food and Drink, Omnibus, Wildlife on Two and The Natural World. Martin Kiszko is an external examiner for the National Film and Television School's MA composers.
Mention Wallace and Gromit to almost anyone and they’ll automatically smile. The cheese-obsessed inventor and his trusty dog have become part of the national consciousness and, along with the Creature Comforts animated series, have won Nick four Oscars and six BAFTAs.
Stuart Hazeldine is one of a select number of UK-based screenwriters who write exclusively for the major Hollywood studios. His first credit was the sci-fi TV movie Riverworld in 2003. In 2007 he rewrote The Day The Earth Stood Still (directed by Scott Derrickson, starring Keanu Reeves & Jennifer Connelly) and the thriller Knowing (directed by Alex Proyas, starring Nicolas Cage).
He recently adapted John Milton's epic religious fantasy poem 'Paradise Lost' to be directed by Alex Proyas in January 2011 starring Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker and Casey Affleck, and has just written ‘Gods and Kings', an epic retelling of the story of Moses, for producer Dan Lin (‘Sherlock Holmes') and Warner Bros.
Stuart made his directorial debut with the British psychological thriller Exam, which he also wrote, produced (with Gareth Unwin) and financed. It won the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Bronze Hitchcock award at the Dinard Film Festival. He was nominated for a 2010 BAFTA for Best Debut.
David has worked in film, TV and Theatre in the UK and the USA. He played Henry VI with the RSC (d: Michael Boyd) and Prometheus in Prometheus Bound, in both London and New York. His work in TV includes Kremlin in No1. Ladies detective Agency, the last work from Anthony Minghella, and Danny in three series of the BBC programme Spooks. Recent film credits include Joe ‘Lightning’ Little in the Lucas Films epic Red Tails. He was nominated for Best Actor in the 2010 Royal Television Society Awards.
David plays the protagonist in The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). He is currently in production of One Shot playing opposite Tom Cruise. He is married to the actress Jessica Oyelowo and they are currently living in Los Angeles. Both Jessica and David starred in the winning pitch for 2010: Rahab.
Most famous for his portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, David is also an internationally acclaimed theatrical performer. He took the lead role in the play Oleanna, directed by Harold Pinter, at the Royal Court Theatre. His other TV credits include: Maxwell and The Way We Live Now. He has won two RTS awards and an Emmy.