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$72,000 in Prizes and Services
Project Pitch
Congratulations Jesse Thomas Cook
2023 Winner

Project Pitch

Make this your chance to bring your short film or feature-film project to life. The most original and compelling pitches will be awarded cash and services prizes. Open to all Canadian Filmmakers with a Short Film or Feature Film Project ready to go to camera in 2024/2025.  Various restrictions apply.  Read on for full details.

Make your 4-minute pitch and find out if you have what it takes to win!

$72,000 in cash and services for winning Filmmakers!

Project Pitch 2024

How Does It Work?

Each submission to Project Pitch is carefully reviewed by up to three members of the FCFF team. A shortlist of candidates will then be presented to a pre-selection committee of industry professionals to review, deliberate, and select this year’s participating teams. The winning project will be selected at the live events on October 23 and 26, 2024 by a jury of select industry experts. All finalists for the feature pitch will be given a tour of London locations suitable for their film on the weekend of the event.

Registered competitors are given 4 minutes to pitch their film concept.  These pitches must include a compelling overview of the film concept, a high-level outline of the team, budget and a shooting plan.  After the 4-minute pitch, the judges will have 5 minutes to ask questions of the pitch team.

This is a fascinating and entertaining event for filmmakers and film fans alike, so please join us in the audience for this unique event and enjoy witnessing pitches for what may become the next award-winning film!  Registration opens up on July 15 and closes on September 15.  It is free to enter!

Project Pitch 2024

How to Participate

  • Fill in an application form before September 15.
  • Each submission will be carefully reviewed by up to three members of the FCFF team. A short list of 5-6 finalists per category will be chosen and contacted by September 20th.
  • The finalists have 5 days to choose whether to accept or reject. Those who accept will then pay the specified registration fee.
  • The FCFF Pitchfest is a live event in which the finalists will have a minimum of TWO MINUTES and a maximum of FOUR MINUTES to make their pitch to the panel of judges. Following their presentation, the finalists will have the opportunity to answer questions about the pitch from the judges.
  • These finalists will be invited to the Project Pitch live events that will take place on at RBC Place in London Ontario.
    Short Film: Friday, October 24 from 2:30 – 4:00pm, winner announced at Screen Creators Networking Event at 4:30-6:00pm
    Feature Film: Sunday October 26 from 3:00 -4:00pm, winner announced at Award Celebration at 5:30-6:30pm

October 26, 2024

Feature Film Pitch – $60,000 in Cash and Prizes

This is your chance to bring your narrative feature-film project to life. The most original and compelling film that can be 50% shot in London will be awarded $60,000+ in cash and prizes. Open to all Canadian Filmmakers with Feature Film Projects that are ready to go to camera before the end of 2025.

Prizes

  • $30,000 Cash Grant from the London Film Office
  • $10,000 Audio post from the Farmhouse Creative Labs
  • $2500 tax credit work from Eternity Consulting
  • More Prizes TBA

Criteria for Submissions

  • The production budget must be a minimum of $150,000.
  • The production must have a minimum of 40% of the budget in place.
  • The film must be ready to go to camera within 18 months of the pitch or the money is forfeited.
  • The producer or director must have had one previous narrative film, either short or feature-length, officially selected by any midsized or large Canadian Film Festival.
  • The producer or director must be a resident of Canada and a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • A script outline must be submitted with the application.
  • 50% of the film must be shot in London Ontario.

Entry Deadline –  September 15

It is free to submit, but all chosen applicants will be required to pay a $30 entry fee upon acceptance

Limited space! The participants will be selected by September 20th.

October 24, 2024

Short Film Pitch – $12,000 in Cash and Prizes

Have a great idea for a short film?  Are you ready to shoot it?  Did you grow up in, go to school in or do you currently reside in Southwestern Ontario?  If so, we have $16,000 in cash and prizes that we are ready to give your winning pitch.

Prizes

  • $5000 value towards Foley, pre-mix and sound supervision from OIART
  • $1500 Cash prize given on the first day of shooting from People 4 Creators Group
  • More prizes TBA

Criteria for Submissions

  • The production budget must be submitted with the application to show that you have a good handle on what things cost to create.
  • The film must be ready to go to camera within 12 months of the pitch or the P4C is forfeited and will be given to next year’s project.
  • The producer or director must have had at least one previous film that has been screened in a film festival in Canada.
  • The producer or director must be connected to Southwestern Ontario and more points will go to current residents of the region.
  • A script outline must be submitted with the application.
  • More points will be added to films being shot in the London Region

Entry Deadline – September 15

This pitch requires a fee to apply. The finalists will need to commit to their pitch with $50 deposit upon acceptance.  They will receive $50 downtown dollars once they have pitched their project.

Limited space! The participants will be selected by September 20th.

2024

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