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THREE PITCHES IN THREE DAYS

Project Pitch - up to $120,000 to give to filmmakers!

With TWO new categories this year, make this your chance to bring your short film, web series, 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, Web Series, or Feature Film Project ready to go to camera in 2023/2024.  Various restrictions apply.  Continue reading for full details.

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

PITCH YOUR NEXT PROJECT

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 20th-22nd 2023 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 10.  It is free to enter!

  • Short Film $16,000 Pitch - Friday October 20, 2023

    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

    $2500 Cash Prize from Meridian Artist Group

    $4000 equipment voucher from William F. White International

    $3000 Marketing Consult with Sage Comm

    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 10, 2023
    This pitch is 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.

    JUDGES

    Kerry Ball – Meridian Artists: Agent
    Greg Jeffs – William F. White International: Client Service Coordinator
    Micah Kernan – CBC Development Manager: Comedy and Drama

  • Web Series $50,000 Pitch

    Are you ready for the next step in your career?  We are looking for creators from the regions that Bell Fibe works in to bring their web series ideas to the Project Pitch this year.  Scripted or unscripted, if you are ready to produce it and are looking for your platform and funding, this is the place to win up to $50,000 and a path to make your concept a reality!

    PRIZES

    One pitch may win up to a $50,000 license fee from Bell Fibe depending on the location in Southwestern Ontario that the web series is produced in.

    CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS

    * The production budget must be included in the application.
    * The film must be ready to go to camera within 12 months of the pitch or the money is forfeited.
    * A resume of the producer or director must be included in the application.
    * 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  July 15, 2023
    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.

    JUDGES

    Maria Alexopolous – Hive Media Group, Director of Video
    John Buffone – Bell Media: Supervising Producer, Fibe TV1
    Kelly Payne – Blue Ant Media: Director Business Affairs, Production Funding

  • Feature Film $60,000 Pitch

    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 2024.

    PRIZES

    $30,000 Cash Grant from the FILM LONDON to be given the first day of shooting in London
    $10,000 Equipment Grant from William F White International

    $5000 towards $10,000 in editing from NOFX Studio
    $4000 studio space rental at Fanshawe College
    $2,500 Sound supervision and post-production playback sessions by OIART
    $3,000 Marketing Booster by SageComm
    $2500 towards legal work with Platform Law
    $1,000 Downtown Dollars from Downtown London in the form of coupons to be spent at any business in downtown London
    $1,000 Work on Tax credits by Bizable Media
    $1,000 PR plan by GAT consulting

    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 10 – APPLICATIONS OPEN  July 15, 2023
    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.

    JUDGES

    Greg Jeffs – William F. White International: Client Service Coordinator
    Paige Murray – CBC: Executive in Charge of Development, Drama
    Kelly Payne – Blue Ant Media: Director Business Affairs, Production Funding
    Kris Pearn – Writer, Director, Animator

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

In Project Pitch

  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 5-6 finalists per category will be chosen and contacted by September 20th.
  3. The finalists have 5 days to choose whether to accept or reject. Those who accept will then pay the specified registration fee.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 20 from 2:30 – 4:00pm, winner announced at Screen Creators Networking Event at 4:30-6:00pm
    Web Series: Saturday, October 21 from 2:30 – 4:00pm, winner announced at Film London Locations Networking Event at 4:30-6:00pm
    Feature Film: Sunday October 22 from 3:00 -4:30pm, winner announced at Award Celebration at 5:30-6:30pm

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