How it works

We invest in untapped potential. The unique challenge of The Pitch is to come up with a contemporary film idea that draws on the Bible for inspiration. We have top advice to get the creative juices flowing and a production budget, production support and other prizes waiting for the best ideas.

Create and submit your Pitch 1 June - 10 October 2016

Choose your theme, story or verse from the Bible and film your 2 minute Pitch.

Your Pitch needs to be submitted to us by 12 noon on 10 October 2016.

Internal panel judge Pitches 11-16 October 2016

Between 11 and 16 October 2016, all Pitches submitted in to the competition will be judged by our internal panel to produce the Longlist of entries.

Longlist published 21 October 2016

The Pitch 2016 Longlist will be published on this website ready for the public vote at 12 noon GMT.

Public vote 21-31 October 2016

The public will be invited to vote on the Longlist of Pitches from 12 noon GMT on 21 October 2016. For information on how the voting works, click here.

Shortlist published 3 November 2016

The Pitch 2016 Shortlist will be published on this website.

Industry panel judge Pitches 7-21 November 2016

Between 7 and 21 November 2016, all Shortlisted Pitches will be judged by our industry judges to select the finalists.

Shortlisters' day 20 November 2016

A day with an industry professional, Laurie Hutzler, for The Pitch 2016 Shortlisted Pitchers, will be held at Watershed in Bristol.

Finalists announced 21 November 2016

The Pitch 2016 Finalists will be announced on this website.

Residential course 11-13 December 2016

The Pitch 2016 Finalists spend time at Low Wood Bay in the Lake District.

Finalists weekend 14-15 January 2017

The Pitch 2016 Finalists spend the weekend at Pinewood Studios and pitch their films to the panel of industry judges in the boardroom.

The Pitch 2016 Winner and runners up announced 16 January 2017

The Pitch 2016 Winner and runners up will be announced on this website.

Production of The Pitch 2016 Winner’s film Summer 2017

The Pitch 2016 Winner will begin making their film in production with Reel Issues Film (RIF). This process will take your vision and help take it to the very best film you can make. We believe in investing in people. We want you to have the best possible career boost from this opportunity and we want your film to showcase our competition to the world (we have an important and growing international presence).

Our process begins by focussing on the story and characters to develop the strongest script possible. Working alongside leading industry professionals such as Laurie Hutzler, you will have a unique opportunity to experience top level development input.

Although the exact production schedule will be built around your particular project and circumstances we aim to move into production and shoot by early – mid summer. We hope to have a film to take to LA in time for early November and certainly to premiere at the finals of The Pitch 2017 – in January 2018.

The Pitch 2016 Winner Trip to LA Autumn 2017

The Pitch 2016 Winner wins a trip to LA in the autumn of 2017 – an opportunity to meet industry professionals and receive feedback on the work. Timing this trip to overlap with the American Film Market can bring the additional benefits of being in town when there is a significant number of professionals in town, plus some fascinating seminars to attend.