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2016 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival DOC AND DRAMA SHORT FILM PITCH COMPETITION

Presented by APTN
Exclusive Professional Training & Pitch Sessions for Canadian Indigenous Creatives
This is your chance to be part of an intensive pitch training and development opportunity at this year’s imagineNATIVE!

Extended Deadline: September 21, 2016 at 10am


August 15 - Do you have a great idea for a short dramatic or documentary short?

imagineNATIVE’s pitch competition brings short stories to the big screen with prizes to produce them to perfection. Enter our competitions to pitch your idea to an esteemed jury of shorts producers, programmers and development leaders who will provide valuable feedback, advice, and make the final winning decision! You will also have a chance to win imagineNATIVE’s Short Documentary or Short Drama Pitch prizes to help your idea become a reality.

THREE short documentary & THREE short drama pitch contestants (or teams) will be selected by imagineNATIVE’s Programming Committee to receive a free, six-hour intensive “How to Pitch” workshop with an Industry leading Pitch Trainer. Accompanied with Industry guest speakers, this workshop will provide invaluable insight and instruction on the pitching process and advice on improving individual pitch ideas before pitch day.  The intensive workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 18th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King St. W. in downtown Toronto.   

Each five-minute pitch will then be presented to the panel of short film programmers, aficionados and filmmakers during the festival’s “Pitch Competition for Dramatic Works” and “Documentary Pitch Competition” on Thursday, October 20th in a live, staged event at the Festival’s venue, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Prepared pitches are put to the test when a live-selected “wild card” project by a Canadian producer from the audience pitches to steal the show (and prize!). Don’t miss this!


The jury will select one winner from each category.  Prizes include:

Documentary Short Pitch Prize:

➢    $2,000 Cash Prize from APTN, with broadcast eligibility
➢    $2,500 Cash Prize from BravoFACT

➢    $2,500 gift voucher from William F. White for production equipment
➢    A Hot Docs 2016 Conference Pass valued at $450
➢    $500 gift certificate from Technicolor for postproduction services (valid for one-year)

➢    One - year DOC Membership and full access to DOC Institute programming

➢    WIFT-T Membership and Programming Pass
➢    Year-Round documentary consultation with a producer from the NFB
➢    Year-Round interactive consultation with a producer from the NFB Digital Studio
➢    An imagineNATIVE supported Kickstarter funding webpage

Drama Short Pitch Prize:

➢    $5,000 Cash Prize from APTN, with broadcast eligibility

➢    $2,500 Cash Prize from BravoFACT
➢    $2,500 gift voucher from William F. White for production equipment
➢    $500 gift certificate from Technicolor for postproduction services (valid for one-year)
➢    A TIFF 2016 Conference Pass valued at $450

➢    WIFT-T Membership and Programming Pass
➢    Year-Round interactive consultation with a producer from the NFB Digital Studio
➢    An imagineNATIVE supported Kickstarter funding webpage


The winners will be announced at the imagineNATIVE Awards Gala, Saturday, October 22.


How to Submit:
•    Fill out an online submission form at Short Pitch Competition Form
•    Email any necessary additional info to dnf@imaginenative.org

Eligibility Criteria:  
•    The producer or director representing the pitch project must be Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, other world Indigenous) and a Canadian resident. 
•    Pitch teams must be in Toronto for both the training session on October 18 and the pitching session October 20, 2016. 
•    Applications must be received via online form no later than Sept 21, 2016.  Please combine the documents into one word or pdf. If possible.  Visual support material may also be forwarded.
•    You may submit pitch ideas to each category.
•    You may pitch individually or as a team.
•    Applicants who are part of an existing commission for the upcoming 2017 Festival are not eligible to apply. Those with completed commissions for the 2016 Festival are eligible to apply.

Please note: Travel and other expenses are not covered by imagineNATIVE.  Lunch and one imagineNATIVE All-Access Delegate Pass will be provided
to the selected pitch members.


If you have further questions, please email Daniel Northway-Frank.

The deadline for submissions is Monday September 21, 2016. Applicants will be notified by September 25, 2016 on the status of their application.