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The 2021 Forest City Feature Film $60,000 Pitch

Project Pitch

This is your chance to bring your feature-film project to life. The most original and compelling film that can be 50% shot in London will be awarded $60,000+ in prizes.
Open to all Canadian Filmmakers with Feature Film Projects that are ready to go to camera in 2021/2022.
Pitch your film in 4 minutes and find out if you have what it takes to win $60K!
Pitch your Narrative Feature Film!

How does it work?

Each submission to FCFF $60.000 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 $60,000 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
$5,000 Full Audio QC pass in a calibrated playback theatre with a mix engineer

$3,500 Marketing Booster by SageComm
$1,000 Work on Tax credits by Bizable Media
$500 PR plan by GAT consulting

And more prizes to be announced!

Criteria for Submissions

Applications open now

* 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 Permanent Resident.
* A script outline must be submitted with the application.

  • ENTRY DEADLINE September 10 – APPLICATIONS 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 30

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

And more judges to be announced!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

In the FCFF Pitchfest

  1. Fill in an application form before September 10.
  2. Each submission will be carefully reviewed by up to three members of the FCFF team. A short list of 6-8 finalists will be chosen and contacted by September 24.
  3. The finalists have 5 days to choose whether to accept or reject. Those who accept will then pay a $100 registration fee.
  4. 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.
    The FCFF Pitchfest is the 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.
  5. The Winner will be announced at the FCFF Awards Celebration at the Wolf Performance Hall at 5:30 on closing night, October 24.
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