10 FINALISTS but only ONE winner!

The final stages of The Pitch film competition sees 10 finalists being invited to Pinewood Studios for the weekend, to pitch to a panel of independent industry judges, in the grand setting of Pinewood

Studios boardroom.

This is a nerve wracking experience for many of the burgeoning film makers. In some cases the young film makers have never pitched a film idea before. In the unique case of this competition candidates need to pitch an initial story idea and have to be prepared to be challenged on the plot or the way they see the story developing in order to win the competition.

This year was my fifth year of being involved. The selection process is tough and being selected as one of the TOP 10 is a fantastic achievement. Having the opportunity to write about the top finalists I grow to know them a little so the finals day is an anxious one for all involved.

What it means to be a TOP 10 FINALIST

1) Chance to profile yourself as a film maker

2) Gain experience as a film maker

3) Network with other film makers

4) Learn loads along the way by attending free masterclasses

5) Chance to refine and develop your story idea

6) Align yourself with industry professionals

7) Become a member of The Pitch family

8) Win a residential course in the Lake District

9) Have a trip to Pinewood

10) Gain loads of valuable feedback

So to be a finalist in this competition is to be a winner!

However there is only one ultimate winner who walks away with the top prize of £27.5K worth of production support. That was 24 year old, Oxford University English graduate Harry Lighton – the competition’s youngest ever winner – who will work with The Pitch team to develop his story idea and produce a short film. Oh and along the way he will be taken to Hollywood to meet film industry professionals and gain their feedback on his film idea!

Not bad eh?

Do you know anyone who has a burning desire to be film maker but needs a chance to develop?

Why not tell them about The Pitch film competition and share the 10 great reasons why it’s good to get into the TOP 10!