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The 2021 Forest City Feature Film $55,500 Pitch

Coming On October 24th.

Open to all Canadian Filmmakers with Feature Film Projects that are ready to go to camera in 2021/2022. Significant Dates: June 15th - Applications are open. September 1st - Final deadline for applications. September 24 - Notification for successful applicants. October 24th - the $55,500 Feature Film Pitch!
Pitch your Narrative Feature Film!

How does it work?

Each submission to FCFF $55,500 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 event by a jury of select industry experts.

Registered competitors are given 4 minutes to pitch their film concept.  This pitch must include a compelling overview of the film concept, a high-level outline of the team, budget and a shooting plan that will prove that the film is ready to go into production within the next 12 months.  After the 4 minute pitch, the judges will have 5 minutes to ask questions of the pitch team.

The 2021 Forest City Feature Film $55,500 Pitch

$35,000 Cash Grant from the London Film Office
$10,000 Equipment Grant from William F Whites International
$5,000 Downtown Dollars from Downtown London in the form of Coupons to be spent at any business in downtown London
$4,000 Full Audio QC pass in a calibrated playback theatre with a mix engineer
$1,000 Work on Tax credits by Bizable Media
$500 PR plan by GAT consulting

Registration to open August 2021
Criteria for Submissions

APPLICATIONS OPENS JUNE 15TH

* The production budget must be a minimum of $150,000
* The production must have a minimum of 20% of the budget in place
* The film must be ready to go to camera within 12 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 Landed Immigrant.
* A script outline must be submitted with the application.

  • ENTRY DEADLINE July 30th – APPLICATIONS TO OPEN June 15
  • IT IS FREE TO SUBMIT BUT ALL CHOSEN APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $100 ENTRY FEE PRIOR TO THEIR PITCH.
  • Limited space! The 6 -8 participants will be selected by September 1

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 films!

Moderator and Judging Panel

Moderator:

Jordan Morris (Writer/Producer/Screenwriting Instructor, Sighthound Studio). Jordan is an award-winning producer and director of films like Nintendo Quest and FCFF Best Documentary winner, Missing Mom. He has also worked on numerous films as an actor, production designer, art director and screenwriter. Since 2013, Jordan has been creating and hosting popular seminars and workshops on the nebulous art and science of writing screenplays.

Judging Panel:

PAIGE MURRAY – Executive in Charge of Development, Drama at CBC

GREG JEFFS. William F Whites International

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

In the FCFF Pitchfest

  1. Fill in an application form
  2. Each submission to FCFF $55,500 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 event by a jury of select industry experts.  These finalists will be invited to the FCFF Pitchfest that will take place on Sunday, October 24 – 3:30 to 5:00 at RBC Place in London Ontario.
  3. Selected projects must accept their position within 5 days of being offered a pitching opportunity.
  4. EACH FINALIST WILL BE ASSIGNED A NUMBER with their invitation. On the day of the event, you will pitch in that order. Any finalists that are not present in the event space by 2:45pm will be disqualified. Numbers will NOT be reassigned; the event will move forward and simply skip any numbers/finalists not present.
  5. Finalists will be asked to remain in the cue in a specific area within the event space.NOTE: Leaving that area will result in disqualification.
  6. In numerical order, each contestant will be asked to move to the podium where they will address the panel of experts. The moderator will tell you when to begin. At that point, you will have TWO MINUTE Minimum and FOUR MINUTE Maximum to make your pitch to the panel.  NOTE: The Moderator will cut you off after Four minutes and move on to panelist questions.
  7. Following the last panelist question, you will be asked to return to the finalist cue area where you started the contest where you will wait until all finalists have participated. After the last finalist has made their pitch, the panel will communicate with each other privately and collectively choose the grand prize winner.
  8. The Winner will be announced at the FCFF Awards Celebration at the Wolf Performance Hall at 5:30 on October 24.