Sunday, August 8, 2010

Call for submissions: Pitch competition at 2010 Reel Asian Film Festival

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival has announced a call for submissions for the 5th edition of their popular pitch competition entitled So You Think You Can Pitch? Finalists in two categories, emerging and established, are given an opportunity get up in front of an audience and several judges to sell them on your short movie idea. Winners receive a prize from Charles Street Video which will help get your film made.

I myself have participated in this pitch contest in the past and it is a lot of fun. You don't need to have a full script to apply, but it helps. It also helps to have a thorough application with a solid budget, and a good idea for presentation. Contestants can pitch in groups of two or three if they wish. They can also use audio-visual aids as part of their pitch.

Here is the the call for submissions from Reel Asian.

So You Think You Can Pitch? - The Reel Asian and Charles Street Videos Pitch competition for short films is back for the 5th edition and looking for submissions.

We are open to all your great films ideas, be it dramatic, documentary, musical or experimental, up to 30 minutes in length, as long as you feature an Asian member in a key creative role, either in front or behind the camera.

Submit now for a chance to be one of the two filmmaking teams winning amazing prize packages that will help you kick-start and/or finish their short film. The two prize packages of over $10,000* for the Emerging Category and $18,000* for the Established Category cover High Definition or Standard Definition production and post services, artist’s fees and a one-year membership at Charles Street Video (CSV).

Selected finalists teams will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in an intensive boot camp at the Reel Asian Pitch Clinic, where finalists gain in-depth professional advice on pitching like a pro in front of a live audience.
  • compete at a live Pitch Competition Finale during the 2010 Reel Asian Festival this November 9-14th. 

  • also be awarded with a 2010 Festival Pass, with access to festival screenings and Industry Series sessions, where competing finalists can gain insightful knowledge from industry professionals and access the many networking opportunities throughout the festival.
Deadline: September 24th, 2010.

For more information, Application Form and Guides, please visit :

*Estimated value at Industry rental rates
Siya Chen
Industry Series Coordinator
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 309
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
T 416-703-9333 | F 416-703-9986 |

Canada's Premier Pan-Asian International Film Festival. Join us for the 14th edition November 9-14, 2010.

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