Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Call for submissions: 2014 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!

TIFF Industry presents Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! for the 15th consecutive year at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival!

Six participant teams have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of over 250 industry professionals. The winners, selected by a jury of international industry experts, are awarded $15,000 from Telefilm Canada to develop the project further.

  • Both dramatic and documentary feature ideas are eligible.
  • Applicants need to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • At least one of the pitch team members needs to meet one (!) of the following criteria:
    • Alumni of Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival;
    • Alumni or participant in TIFF STUDIO;
    • Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for a previous edition of the Toronto International Film Festival;
    • Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for a previous edition of Canada's Top Ten; OR
    • Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for one of the following major Canadian film festivals or a major international film festival: Atlantic Film Festival; Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Montreal World Film Festival; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Sudbury Film Festival; Calgary International Film Festival; Edmonton International Film Festival; Vancouver International Film Festival; Whistler Film Festival; TIFF Kids International Film Festival for Children; TIFF Next Wave Festival.
Application Deadline
  • Application deadline is 5pm on Friday, May 23, 2014.
  • ONE submission per applicant.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.

IMPORTANT: Please note that finalists of the 2013 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! Competition are not eligible to apply for this year's edition.

Selection Process
  • A jury of industry professionals will review all applications and select six teams to participate in the final competition. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by end of July.
  • The selected teams will have the month of August to prepare for the competition in September and will be assigned a veteran industry insider as a pitching coach. Selected finalists will also receive a complimentary Industry Pass to the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Live Pitch
  • Each team will pitch their polished ideas to a live audience of over 250 Industry delegates. A jury of Industry experts will review the pitches and the projects and choose a winner.
  • The winning team will receive $15,000 to assist with the development of their feature film idea.
  • Note that the cost of travel to Toronto is the responsibility of the individual.
Credit Requirements

The winning team will be required to include the following credit line in their film credits: "This film was made possible in part through Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! at the Toronto International Film Festival®."


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at industryprogramming@tiff.net.


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