Since it's inception in 2005, The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award has gone from strength to strength. In 2010 the Fleadh was proud to open with Paul Fraser's My Brothers, which began life a mere three years earlier as a 500 word pitch by writer Will Collins. Success at the Pitching award acted as a springboard for Collins' project and and the film went on to secure funding from the Film board. This brought it to the attention of director Paul Fraser, best known for his collaborations with Shane Meadows (Dead Man's Shoes). My Brothers subsequently went on to feature at festivals around the world, including New York's Tribeca.
Essentially a story pitching competition, the Pitching Awards is a live event where five short-listed applicants pitch an idea for a film to a panel of industry experts. The winner receives €3,000 which they can use in whatever way they see fit.
The application process is simple: Applicants write and submit a 500-word story idea for screen. All received applications are then read by a panel selected from the Irish film industry - and the best five are shortlisted. The five writers are contacted and invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges. This takes place in front of an audience on the Sunday of the Galway Film Fleadh.
In addition to the prize money the real benefits of this venture are multifarious. The invitation to simply get an idea down on paper in 500 words inspires so many people (many of whom have no experience of the film industry) who have long harboured an ambition to commit their idea to paper. For many writers, it has afforded them a chance to practice the craft of pitching. For those selected, it is a golden opportunity: to communicate their story; to bolster their confidence and to provide the first opportunity for them to win the crowd. As for the winner, the prize can allow them the time to develop and expand their pitch into a full feature film script, as was the case with Will Collins and My Brothers.
So who knows, maybe in three years' time your film might be opening the Galway Film Fleadh! So get writing!!!
READ WHAT PREVIOUS WINNERS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE AWARD.
- 2011 winner, Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair [Click Here to view]
- 2010 winner, Len Collin [Click Here to view]
- 2009 winner, Gary Mitchell [Click here to view]
- 2008 winner, Barbara Deignan [Click here to view]
- 2007 winner, William Collins [Click here to view]
- 2006 winner, Mark Wale [Click here to view]
- 2005 winner, Keith Bogue [Click here to view]