The first thing to note is that The Pitch is a project supported by a number of businesses and trusts and promoted by Bible Society, which is a registered charity (details below).
If you want to know why The Pitch focuses on the Bible then check out the handily titled Why the Bible? page.
The Small Print
The following are non-negotiable requirements of entry. By completing and submitting an official entry form you are agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions set out below. The Pitch reserves the right to amend and alter these rules without notice.
The following definitions shall apply in these rules:
- ‘Pitch’ = a pitch submitted to The Pitch website and accompanied by an official entry form
- ‘Pitcher’= a person submitting a pitch
- ‘The Pitch Team’ = the individuals organising and administering The Pitch Film Fund
- ‘The Pitch/The Pitch Team = when used in relation to, or with reference to, ownership and rights, this relates to the element of The Pitch responsible for producing films we fund, ie, Reel Issues Films (RIF)
- ‘The Pitch Website’ = the website located at www.enterthepitch.com. We’d hope this is pretty obvious
- The pitch must clearly demonstrate, both with its video and accompanying written material, that the underlying source material is biblical
- A completed entry form must accompany each submission. Pitches not accompanied by an official entry form will not be considered
- Any pitch in excess of two minutes shall be automatically disqualified
- Submissions must be made in English or use English subtitles
- Any content that is deemed, at the absolute discretion of The Pitch Team, to be blasphemous, offensive, pornographic, defamatory or obscene, or in any other way against the spirit of The Pitch, shall be disqualified
- The Pitch is open to filmmakers eligible to work in the UK. All pitchers who are not UK residents (or currently residing in the UK) must be able to attend the Finalists Weekend. It is the responsibility of the pitcher to meet all costs of travel and accommodation and to arrange all necessary visa requirements resulting from participation in The Pitch
- Previous pitchers may submit to The Pitch, but no pitch previously submitted to The Pitch will be considered
- Pitchers must be aged 18 or over as of the final submission date
- Employees of The Pitch Team and members of their immediate families (including any live-in partner) are ineligible to enter. Any such entries will be invalid
- Pitchers must hold a full passport and be eligible to enter the USA
- Pitchers’ passports must be valid for at least 12 months from the month of the finals
- Pitchers must be able to attend the Finalists’ Weekend should their pitch be shortlisted
- Only one pitch per pitcher may be submitted
- Pitchers may work in small teams to develop a series of ideas but, if selected, only one person per team will be invited to attend the Finalists’ Weekend. Teams must nominate the individual at the time of entry
- No pitch submitted after the final deadline will be considered
- The winning pitcher must be available to make their film in the six months immediately following the Finalists’ Weekend
- All content that is not in violation of terms but is deemed unsuitable for minors will require age verification prior to viewing and voting if the pitch is selected for consideration.
- The pitcher is responsible for ensuring that their pitch is uploaded to The Pitch website in the format outlined.
- All pitches must be in 16:9 ratio.
Please see the FAQ page for more information about uploading your pitch.
- The finalists undertake to ensure that any film produced which is based on or inspired by their pitch, whether such film is produced with The Pitch or by a third party, shall include a credit in the closing credits of the film, e.g 'Developed from an original idea for The Pitch www.enterthepitch.com' or similar wording to be agreed in good faith between The Pitch and the finalist.
- No matter the previous experience and background of the pitcher, the pitcher should have a vision for their future role in the industry as producer, director or writer
- During the process, and particularly the Finalist’s Weekend, The Pitch Team and judges will, in discussion with the winner, determine the most appropriate role for the winner in the production of the winning film. In doing this, The Pitch Team will seek to build and develop a crew and cast around the pitcher in a way that best supports and develops the gifts of the winner. The decision of The Pitch Team will be final
The Career Development Trip
- The career development trip has previously involved trips to Los Angeles or to a key film festival, which is either showcasing our film or useful for networking
- The details will be discussed and confirmed with The Pitch team, but can reasonably be expected to provide travel akin to one economy class airfare between London and Los Angeles and provide accommodation for six nights for the winning pitcher
- Whatever form the trip takes, the pitcher shall be responsible for travel insurance and all necessary legal paperwork, i.e. valid and subsisting passport (with at least six months before renewal is required at the time of travel), visas (where appropriate) and ESTA forms for the pitcher. Proof must be provided of these prior to travel
- The prize is not transferable. No cash or credit alternatives will be offered
- These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales
If you have a query about these Terms and Conditions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As mentioned right back at the top of this page, The Pitch is promoted by The British and Foreign Bible Society, charity number 232759, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DG.
If you’ve made it this far then reward yourself by watching The Princess Bride and eating some ice cream. Go well.