The Pitch exists to support emerging filmmakers. There’s a £50,000 production pot to make two films, plus training and development for entrants and finalists.
To start with, simply upload a two-minute video pitching your short film. It can be either a Comedy or a Drama, but it must be based on a Bible story, theme or book. Check out the section Why The Bible? if you want to find out ... um, why the Bible.
The top ten entrants will pitch in person to a panel of industry experts at The Pitch Final at the National Film and Television School in January. The judges will then choose one outstanding pitch in each category which will be funded from the £50,000 production pot, and made with The Pitch production team at Reel Issues Films.
Below is more information on The Pitch in general, how it works and what we offer. For key dates check out the Fund Timeline section.
The Pitch Film Fund has production funds of £50,000, which will be split between two films, in the categories of COMEDY and DRAMA. The division of funds will most likely be £25,000 each, though we retain the right to use our discretion if there’s an amazing idea that can be made for £100. This comes with production support for the winning pitchers to make their short films. The finished films will be entered into at least 10 film festivals
There is flexibility within the two categories.
With COMEDY the overall tone of the film is comedic. This can be a down-the-line comedy (Airplane!), or include other genres. Eg: comic sci-fi (Galaxy Quest), comic thriller (Game Night), comic horror (Shaun of the Dead), bittersweet comedy (Little Miss Sunshine), musical comedy (The Producers); the examples, and the parameters of what comedy can be, are endless.
With DRAMA, the treatment of the subject matter is serious, though that does not entirely preclude moments of humour. This can be a straight drama (Nomadland), or include other genres like sci-fi (Interstellar), thriller (Panic Room) or horror (Hereditary). Why not check out short channels on YouTube which are brimming with inspiration.
We believe the journey is as important as the destination. We seek to run a unique process that focuses on giving as much development aid as possible to every entrant. Feedback is available for all entrants if requested, via video conferencing at one of our Feedback Days. There are also development masterclasses at every stage of the selection process, plus residential training for the finalists.
Four finalists will be invited to return for the second day of The Pitch Final, to discuss their entry with the judges. We also offer the Lucy Scher Award for the outstanding female finalist.
For more information check out the Awards section.