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.
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 24 September 2018 to qualify for free entry into the competition.
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.
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.
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.
The Pitch Longlist will be published on this website ready for the public vote at 12 noon UK time.
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 Shortlist will be published on this website.
Between 9 and 16 November 2018, all Shortlisted Pitches will be judged by our industry judges to select the finalists.
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.
The Pitch Finalists will be announced on this website.
The Pitch offers more than simply funds for making films. We know what it is like to enter a competition and receive no feedback to help learn from the experience and to grow your filmmaking skills, and we don’t like that. So if you're unsuccessful in progressing to the finals we offer the chance to hear feedback on your pitch and to meet and discuss ideas with fellow film makers.
Michelle Pascal from the BBC will be speaking on resilience in TV & Film, offering some key insights into how to sustain & develop a career through the downs and ups of the media industry. Writer-Director Nev Pierce and Pitch Project Director Luke Walton will be on hand to offer feedback on your pitch, comments given in the judging process and to host discussion on the ideas presented.
The event will take place at Watershed, Bristol. Booking details to follow. Places will be limited on a first come first served basis. This won’t be the last or only chance to gain this input, but we know from a pilot event last year that it will be well worth your time and the modest cost towards to the buffet.
As a top 10 finalist, you will attend a residential course led by Dr. David Baboulene, author, scriptwriter, story consultant and PhD academic. The course will take place between Sunday 9 December 2018 and Tuesday 11 December 2018 at Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere.
The Pitch Finalists spend the weekend pitching their films to the panel of industry judges.
The Pitch Winner and runners up will be announced on this website.
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 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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