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 From 4 June 2018

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

Early Bird Deadline (Free entry)24 September 2018

Your Pitch needs to be submitted to us by 12 noon UK time on 24 September 2018 to qualify for free entry into the competition.

Standard Deadline (Entry fee £20)8 October 2018

Submit your Pitch between 12 noon UK time on 24 September 2018 and 12 noon UK time on 8 October 2018 to qualify for standard entry into the competition, with an entry fee of £20.

Late Deadline (Entry fee £50)22 October 2018

Submit your Pitch between 12 noon UK time on 8 October 2018 and 12 noon UK time on 22 October 2018 to qualify for late entry into the competition, with an entry fee of £50.

Internal panel judge Pitches 23-26 October 2018

Between 23 and 26 October 2018, all Pitches submitted in to the competition will be judged by our internal panel to produce the Longlist of entries.

Longlist published 29 October 2018

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

Public vote 29 October - 5 November 2018

The public will be invited to vote on the Longlist of Pitches from 12 noon UK time on 29 October 2018. For information on how the voting works, click here.

The Pitch Longlisters' day4 November 2018

Those Pitchers that successfully make the longlist will spend a day with industry professionals at Watershed in Bristol.

The day will include sessions from Tom Jones, John Myers and Michelle Pascal as well as a buffet lunch.

This day is a prize in itself, for which there is no charge, although we will ask for a small contribution towards the buffet lunch.

Shortlist published 8 November 2018

The Pitch Shortlist will be published on this website.

Industry panel judge Pitches 9-16 November 2018

Between 9 and 16 November 2018, all Shortlisted Pitches will be judged by our industry judges to select the finalists.

The Pitch Shortlisters' day18 November 2018

Those Pitchers that successfully make the shortlist will spend a day with character consultant, Laurie Hutzler in London.

They will receive an adaptation masterclass. With over 70% of Oscar winning screenplays being adaptations of existing literature, the art of adaptation is a valuable life skill as well as helping you develop your project for The Pitch.

This day is a prize in itself, however there will be a small charge of £25 which will include a buffet lunch.

Finalists announced 19 November 2018

The Pitch Finalists will be announced on this website.

Residential course 9-11 December 2018

The Pitch Finalists will spend time with scriptwriter, story consultant and PhD academic, Dr. David Baboulene at Low Wood Bay in the Lake District.

Finalists weekend 12-13 January 2019

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

The Pitch Winner and runners up announced 14 January 2019

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

Production of The Pitch Winner’s film Summer 2019

The Pitch 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 next finalists' weekend in January 2020.

The Pitch Winner Trip to LA Autumn 2019

The Pitch Winner wins a trip to LA in the autumn of 2019 – 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.

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