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 - 9 October 2017

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 UK time on 9 October 2017.

Internal panel judge Pitches 10-15 October 2017

Between 10 and 15 October 2017, all Pitches submitted in to the competition will be judged by our internal panel to produce the Longlist of entries.

Longlist published 20 October 2017

The Pitch 2017 Longlist will be published on this website ready for the public vote at 12 noon UK time.

Public vote 20-30 October 2017

The public will be invited to vote on the Longlist of Pitches from 12 noon UK time on 20 October 2017. For information on how the voting works, click here.

Shortlist published 2 November 2017

The Pitch 2017 Shortlist will be published on this website.

Industry panel judge Pitches 6-20 November 2017

Between 6 and 20 November 2017, all Shortlisted Pitches will be judged by our industry judges to select the finalists.

Shortlisters' day 19 November 2017

The Pitch 2017 Shortlisted Pitchers, will spend a day at Watershed in Bristol with author, scriptwriter, professional story consultant and PhD scholar, David Baboulene.

Finalists announced 20 November 2017

The Pitch 2017 Finalists will be announced on this website.

Film Matters lectures 28 November 2017 & 5 December 2017

As a top 10 finalist, you will be invited to book a discounted place for our lectures held in association with Halo Post. These are part of our new partnership with this leading London post house and designed to help you prepare for post from the very beginning of the development of your project. One of our finalists will be returning to Halo with their film to complete the post process, so these are a real bonus. Make a note of the date for these Film Matters lectures:

Make Some Noise on Tuesday 28 November
Finishing Well on Tuesday 5 December

Both lectures will be held at Halo Post. There are 10 places reserved for Finalists at a discounted price of £10.00.
Click here for more information about Film Matters.

Residential course 10-12 December 2017

The Pitch 2017 Finalists will spend time at Low Wood Bay in the Lake District with story and character consultant, Laurie Hutzler.

Finalists weekend 13-14 January 2018

The Pitch 2017 Finalists spend the weekend at Pinewood Studios and pitch their films to the panel of industry judges in the boardroom.

The Pitch 2017 Winner and runners up announced 15 January 2018

The Pitch 2017 Winner and runners up will be announced on this website.

Production of The Pitch 2017 Winner’s film Summer 2018

The Pitch 2017 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, 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 2018 – in January 2019.

The Pitch 2017 Winner Trip to LA Autumn 2018

The Pitch 2017 Winner wins a trip to LA in the autumn of 2018 – 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.