Pitching competition

Sunday July 15th, 2018
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Since it’s inception in 2005, The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition has emphasised that good writing is still the backbone of the audiovisual sector and provided many writers with an opportunity to get their foot in the door of the industry. As perhaps the best example, the 2010 Film Fleadh opened with Paul Fraser’s My Brothers, which began life a mere three years earlier as as the winner of the 2007 Pitching Competition from writer Will Collins, who had gone on to write the hotly aniticpated Song of the Sea.

All that is required is a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – No cliffhangers!) of your idea. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  As of 2014, an increased number of finalists will now be selected to pitch their idea as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds (as opposed to the previous 5 minutes) in front of an audience and a panel of industry experts on on the closing day of the Galway Film Fleadh. This simultaneously allows us to give more writers the chance to pitch their ideas while challenging them to perfect the art of ‘The Elevator Pitch’. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that evening and will receive a cash prize of €3000. This prize may be used as the winner sees fit.

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.

Our 2018 pitching competition is sponsored by

Moyra Loch, Kate O Toole, Gill Dennis, Tom Collins judging the pitching award held in the Radisson for the 23rd Galway Film Fleadh. Photo - Des Mulcahy

Moyra Loch (Northern Ireland Screen), Kate O Toole (Galway Film Fleadh chairperson), Gill Dennis & Tom Collins judging the pitching award held in the Radisson for the 23rd Galway Film Fleadh.

Photo – Des Mulcahy

Terms & conditions

  1. Entries will be read by a panel of industry experts. A number of finalists will be selected to deliver a 90 second pitch in front of a judging panel and public audience on the Sunday of our 2018 event. The winner will be announced that evening at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh Awards Ceremony
  2. The entry fee is €30. Entry fee is payable via electronic transaction, with a credit card or PayPal account
  3. Your name must not be included anywhere except where asked. Initial judging is blind, judges are not permitted to know the identity of entrants
  4. If selected, you must be available to attend a briefing session on the afternoon of Saturday July 14th. During this session, selected finalists will meet the MC and the running order for the final will made known
  5. Visual aids e.g. projections of any kind, posters, props or actors are not permissible during the final
  6. Judging decisions are based on the quality of the idea, quality of the pitch and the potential to realise your project
  7. The deadline for completed entries is Thursday June 14th, 2018 at 5p.m. G.M.T.

If you have any queries, please email pitching@filmfleadh.ie.

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