The Pitch invites original pitches of up to two (2) minutes in length, showcasing the potential of the entrant to make a film. The entrant will demonstrate this with a pitch for an original contemporary short film (running length 15 minutes max) that takes inspiration from a biblical story, parable, character or book. Any genre is acceptable, and the pitch may be a simple piece to camera telling the story, or it may be a storyboard, pilot piece, etc.
Each pitch must be accompanied by the official entry form, which will outline the case for supporting the film maker, cite the biblical source material for the pitch, and include a rationale for the choice of material.
The competition is open to everyone aged 18 years or over as of 11 January 2018.
Entry is conditional upon full agreement to The Rules and The Small Print (see below for more details).
The competition will take place over three rounds: round one, round two and final round.
All pitches being submitted must be uploaded to The Pitch website between 1 June and 9 October 2017. It will not be possible to submit a pitch after 12:00 noon BST on 9 October 2017.
Selection of Pitches to be ‘in competition’ will be made by The Pitch Team, who will select, at their sole discretion, pitchers whom it believes are equipped to impact the world through art and film. Pitches will be critiqued based on the following criteria:
1. the originality and potential of the Pitch
2. the Pitcher's passion and vision for film making
3. the Pitcher's skill and ability to communicate
4. the Pitcher's understanding and/or interpretation of the emotional core of the bible story; and
5. contemporary approach of the Pitch
The initial judging for this round will be undertaken by The Pitch Team consisting of film professionals, theologians, communication and media production staff. The Pitch Team will screen and select pitches to be included in round two. Pitches will be selected for inclusion based on multiple criteria represented in The Pitch project judging criteria.
This round will comprise of two judging phases, first the general public and second our industry judges.
All pitches will be displayed on www.enterthepitch.com from 20–30 October 2017 for worldwide public voting. This will select a shortlist that will be presented to our judging panel for Round three. After public voting, a shortlist will be created for the competition based on the votes cast.
The shortlist to be presented to the judges will comprise the top 5 from the internal panel with the remaining places decided by the combined voting scores. The percentage weight of the vote for selecting the remainder of the shortlist will be split as follows:
The calculation of the shortlisted pitches for The Pitch shall follow the same rules as stated in the Voting pages on this website.
The industry judges for The Pitch will be listed on the Judges page. All industry judges' availability is subject to change due to their media engagements.
The 10 finalists who will then compete in the final round of competition will be selected by the judges following the rules as stated in the Voting pages on this website.
The ten finalists will be notified on 20 November 2017. Pitch selections will be publicly announced on 20 November 2017 on www.enterthepitch.com.
If you are a finalist in 2017, you will have a greater opportunity to help develop and hone your pitching skills, as we will be inviting you to attend a residential course in December 2017 ahead of the Finalists Weekend. The course will take place between Sunday 10 December 2017 and Tuesday 12 December 2017. This course will offer you a master-class worthy of the big studios, feedback on your pitch and help in preparing for the pitch at Pinewood Studios.
The ten finalists will be invited to participate in the finalists’ weekend, taking place on 13-14 January 2018 at the Pinewood Studios. Finalists will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements except for the 3 finalists selected on Saturday who will be given accommodation for the Saturday night – see below). The weekend will include making a face-to-face pitch with the judges and a subsequent interview. There will also be a variety of activities including workshops, screenings and critique.
Only three of the ten finalists will go through to day two (14 January). The Pitch will arrange and pay for accommodation on Saturday 13 January for these three finalists.
The winner will be announced on Sunday 14 January, 2018.
The winner will work with a budget (which has a value in excess of £30,000) to make their short film, of 10–20 minutes. The winner will be expected to demonstrate the ability to undertake the practical production of the film but will be offered production assistance from an established film production company.
The short film will be filmed, and completed during the first half of 2018, at dates to be agreed with the winner. This will take into account the period for pre-production and will proceed to principle photography as and when the project is ready.
The winning pitcher will then take the completed film to Los Angeles in 2018, and there will meet with industry professionals who will give feedback and advice on the film. The winning pitcher will be allowed to take one other person from the film making team with them, or another person of choice. The industry professionals will be people such as Ralph Winter (Producer X-Men; Fantastic Four; Wolverine) (although The Pitch retains the right to alter and amend the meetings as necessary with due regard to the availability of individuals).
The following are non-negotiable requirements of entry. By completing and submitting an official entry form, you are agreeing to be bound by 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:
The pitcher is responsible for ensuring that their pitch is uploaded to The Pitch website in the format outlined.
Please see the technical information page for more information about uploading your pitch.
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 judges’ decision in these matters will be final.
The Pitch Team and competition organisers will pay for two economy class airfares between London and Los Angeles, and will provide accommodation for six nights for the winning pitcher and one other person of their choice.
The pitcher shall be responsible for travel insurance and all necessary legal paperwork, i.e. valid and subsisting passports (with at least six months before renewal is required at the time of travel), visas (where appropriate) and ESTA forms for the pitcher and his or her selected travelling companion and proof must be provided of these prior to travel.
The prize is not transferable. No cash or credit alternatives will be offered.
The pitches in consideration are selected by an internal panel at The Pitch and displayed on the website for voting by the public 20-30 October 2017. The public vote will be combined with the internal panel vote to select a shortlist for the industry judges.
All voters must be over the age of 15 before the voting commences. Only one set of votes is allowed per person. If evidence is found of a person multiple voting for one pitch, all such votes will be disqualified. The Internal Panel has the final decision.
You are required to read the Terms and Conditions and to acknowledge that you agree to them in order to submit your Pitch.