MAY IS HERE. We are sure you’ve noticed things starting to open up – blossom, sun, pubs!
But that’s not all. We are opening the Pitch Fund 2022 in June – so keep your eyes peeled for updates. Why not start getting your ideas together?
We want to help you prepare. So, building on our online Pitch In drop-in sessions we started last year, this year we are running a series of Pitch Up events to get the creative juices flowing.
Pitch Up aims to give your idea some breathing space to think about applying before we open. There will be two sessions with previous judges to help get you thinking how to make your idea shine for the panel this year.
Anna Cox: Conversation with a Judge | Monday 10 May | 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm | Hosted on Zoom
Meeting ID: 863 7412 7515
We will be joined by Anna Cox, a member of the judging panel (2009–2013) and a coach to The Pitch finalists (2015–2021). You’ll be able to ask Anna and The Pitch team your questions about how to make an idea shine for judges, how the ideas are assessed and anything else about The Pitch.
Anna Cox is Creative Director at Minerva Media, a production company specialising in documentaries about religion, history and the arts. She worked at the BBC for more than 20 years as a documentary director and producer. Her award-winning films include a fly-on-the-wall documentary for BBC Two about an experiment in prayer, a BBC One film uncovering the brutal treatment of Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and numerous drama-documentaries for both UK and US channels.
Nev Pierce: Conversation with a Judge | Wednesday 12 May | 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm | Hosted on Zoom
Meeting ID: 820 6933 3810
We will be joined by Nev Pierce, who served as a Pitch Judge for nine years before joining as a consultant. Nev will be sharing his insights into the process, how to approach The Pitch, and answering any questions you might have.
An award-winning filmmaker, Nev’s shorts have been selected for festivals worldwide including Fantasia, FrightFest and the London Short Film Festival.
Nev was also Editor of Total Film and then Editor-At-Large for Empire during his time with The Pitch.
Back in 2015, he was so taken with Hannah Lee’s Promise, a runner-up that year, that he raised additional finance in order to produce and direct it. Mark Romanek described the resulting film as 'superbly done'. Earlier, Nev’s debut short Bricks had been praised by David Fincher as a 'classy take on a morbid classic'.
We hope you are as excited as we are for the Fund opening in June, and we hope to see your idea.