The Pitch Film Fund exists to support emerging filmmakers. There’s a £60,000 production pot to make two films, plus training and development for entrants and finalists.
The Pitch Film Fund has production funds of £60,000, which will be split between two films, in the categories of COMEDY and DRAMA.
There is flexibility within the categories. You could make a straight-ahead COMEDY (Anchorman), or mix it up with a subgenre. E.g. Sci-fi (Galaxy Quest), Thriller (Game Night), Horror (Shaun Of The Dead), Musical (The Producers).
Similarly, you could pitch a heavyweight DRAMA (Nomadland), or something that sits in a subgenre like Sci-fi (Interstellar), Thriller (Panic Room), or Horror (Hereditary). The intent should be serious, but this doesn’t exclude moments of humour. They are flexible.
DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL
They seek to run a unique process that gives as much development aid as possible to every entrant. Feedback is available for everyone at one of our feedback sessions. There are also development masterclasses at every stage of the selection process, plus residential training for the finalists. For more details on this and other support visit the Awards section.
HOW DO YOU ENTER
You enter by uploading a two-minute video pitching your short film, based on a Bible story, verse or book. Check out the section Why The Bible? if you want to find out … um, why the Bible. The top ten entrants will pitch in person to a panel of industry experts at our finals at the Kurious, Sheffield, in January 2024.
The Pitch is open for applications from 20 April 2023. Early bird entry is free, but to stagger entries – and support the fund – there are charges for later dates. All fees go into supporting filmmakers through The Pitch.
- Early Bird – Free – 12 noon UK time, Monday 26 June 2023
- Standard – £22 – 12 noon UK time, Monday 28 August 2023
- Late (Final Submission Deadline) – £55 – 12 noon UK time, Monday 25 September 2023
- The pitches that are In Consideration will be live on this site from Monday 16 October.
- These entrants will take part in the Online In Consideration Masterclass exploring how to create beat sheets, on Monday 23 or 30 October.
- You will be required to submit a beat sheet of your idea by midday Tuesday 7 November.
- The 20-pitch Shortlist will be announced on Thursday 9 November.
- These entrants will take part in the Online Shortlisters’ Day, which covers how to create Pitch Decks, on Saturday 18 November.
- The top ten who will advance to the Finalists’ Weekend will be announced on Friday 24 November.
- Entrants who do not make it to the final ten can attend these sessions to meet with The Pitch Team for feedback on their entry.
- The top ten attend this three-day training residential with the Pitch team, to further develop their pitches and meet fellow finalists. It is hosted at the luxury Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, on Saturday 10 December to Tuesday 12 December.
- After the residential they ask everyone to create a pitch deck for their idea. If you are pitching yourself as a writer, you will also need to provide the first three pages of your script. These are sent to the judges to update them on how your idea has changed since your original pitch.
The top ten pitch in person to a panel of industry judges, before the top four are selected to return for further discussions. After the judges deliberate the awards are announced. This year the finals are being held in Sheffield on Saturday 20 January to Sunday 21 January 2024.
The winning pitches will be announced on Monday 22 January and the Pitch team will then work with the filmmakers to produce their shorts.
Production & Career Development
- The early stages will involve working with a writer (if the winner is not a writer themselves), story consultants and Pitch production partners Reel Issues Films to develop the script.
- Although the writing and production schedule will be tailored to each particular project, they aim to shoot each film by the summer.
- The aim is to premiere the film at the next Pitch finals, the following January, and to be ready to submit to film festivals worldwide.