This year’s Script Pitching Competition will be a live-streamed event. Good writing is still the backbone of the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get their foot in the door of the industry. Submit a 500-word written pitch for drama, documentary or animation. Finalists will pitch their idea live online as a 90 second ‘Elevator Pitch’, to a virtual panel of industry judges and an audience. The winner will be announced at the online Awards Ceremony and will receive a cash prize of €3000.
Previous participants have found that this event opened the door to producers, key contacts and mentorship in addition to bolstering their confidence and having projects optioned. The prize for the winner can allow time to develop and expand their pitch into a full feature script.
Last year’s winner Roisín Jones has been accepted to Screen Ireland’s Spotlight scheme, which supports fresh and exciting emerging screenwriting talent. Roisín will receive guidance and mentorship from an experienced script editor alongside a development loan, and the opportunity to take part in an industry showcase at the end of the scheme.
“The pitching competition was a huge highlight of 2019 and provided extra ears on the project from the judges. Now it has also been accepted into the Screen Ireland Spotlight development scheme for 2020 which is very exciting as it means extra eyes on the script process. Fingers crossed that maybe within a few years, everything will go full circle and I’ll be back in Galway with a fully completed film, ready to premiere!” – Roisín Jones