ABOUT THE PROGRAM

THE NEW ORLEANS PITCH IS DESIGNED FOR EMERGING LOUISIANA-BASED FILMMAKERS TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORKS IN PROGRESS AND PITCH FOR VALUABLE PRODUCTION RESOURCES.

Whether you’re a film professional or not, the New Orleans Pitch is an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into the making of a film and see first-hand how leading decision makers evaluate projects. The New Orleans Pitch program selects up to 10 film teams to pitch their works-in-progress to a distinguished panel of industry professionals and funders. Each pitch lasts 5 minutes, followed by 8-10 minutes of feedback. 

The New Orleans Pitch will take place during the South Summit Conference in Spring 2024. The winning project in each track will receive a $5,000 equipment rental package (production supplies, comms, grips, lights, etc.) courtesy of Quixote by Sunset Studios and a $10,000 camera package courtesy of Keslow Camera. Winners are announced during the South Summit Closing Night Reception.

The New Orleans Pitch was designed to provide a unique outlet for filmmakers from across Louisiana to gain visibility and constructive feedback on their projects while pitching for valuable production resources.

The live event, which is free and open to the public, not only provides a platform for these important stories but also offers an opportunity to witness how leading industry professionals evaluate proposals.

“At the New Orleans Film Society, we believe in the power and importance of Southern stories,” said Clint Bowie, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Film Society. “And we also believe that Southern artists should be the ones telling these stories. There’s insight and nuance that come when filmmakers tell the stories that they’re closest to: films inspired by the communities they’re a part of and the regions they know best.” 

 


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How To Apply


Applications for the 2024 edition are now closed.


Eligibility

This program is for FULL-TIME Louisiana-based filmmakers only. We seek to bring increased visibility and access to resources to underrepresented filmmakers in the area.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered:

  • Applicants must be a director or producer on the project.
  • The project must have a director attached that is available to pitch in-person at the live event.
  • Applicants must reside in Louisiana FULL-TIME and are responsible for their own travel and accommodations for the duration of the program.
  • Projects must be in development, pre-production, production, or post-production at the time of the live event. Projects that are completed or near completion are not eligible to apply for this program.
  • Applicants must not be enrolled in a film school and/or seeking funds for a student project.

 

We welcome applicants regardless of immigration status, including applicants who were born abroad and are not U.S. citizens or U.S. legal permanent residents.

We accept Narrative and Documentary short, feature, and episodic projects actively in development, pre-production, production or post-production. We are not accepting New Media/installation projects at this time.

Up to two team members are welcome to pitch during the live event. Please note, all compensation is distributed per project (not per individual). The pitch competition takes place in-person at the South Summit Conference in the Spring. Therefore, accepted applicants must be available to participate in-person.

You will not be able to save your application while in progress. We recommend that you prepare your answers to the questions in a separate document, then copy and paste your answers into the application form.

You will be asked for proof of residency, headshot, link(s) to your website or social media handles, and link(s) to your past work and current project. Please have these items prepared before filling out the application.

We encourage you to provide thoughtful and succinct written responses. Please do not exceed the maximum word count indicated.

 

Application Materials

All projects should be prepared to submit a pitch deck and work sample. Narrative projects in development that do not have a video sample must prepare a 10-page excerpt of the draft script as a project work sample. Documentary projects that do not have a video sample must prepare a detailed film treatment as their work sample.

You will not be able to save your application while in progress. We recommend that you prepare your answers to the questions in a separate document, then copy and paste your answers into this form.

The maximum word count listed next to the questions is not a required length. Responses can and should be succinct.

Please have the following items prepared before filling out the application:

  • proof of residency
  • a headshot
  • link to your website or social media handles
  • link to your past work
  • link to your current project

The New Orleans Pitch program is for full-time Louisiana residents only. Please be prepared to provide official documentation with your full name and Louisiana address. If you do not have a government-issued ID, acceptable documents include a Voter Registration Card, Utility Bill, Rental Agreement, Paycheck Stub, Tax Return, or W-2.

 

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel and will be scored according to the following criteria:

  • Originality and vision
    Does the project have a unique vision and perspective? Does the visual component of the pitch support the description and artistic approach of the project? Is it clear why this project needs to be made now?
  • Ability to execute the project
    Does the applicant’s past body of work demonstrate an ability to execute the current project? Does the project have committed collaborators? Is there a clear plan for current and future phases of the project?
  • Connection to the story
    What is the film team’s relationship to the story and communities represented in the film? How are they working with the community to ensure the story is crafted with care and respect?
  • Connection to the region
    What is the film team’s relationship to the South? How much of the project will be filmed in the South? How connected are they to their Southern community? Is their body of work focused on Southern stories?
  • Ability to leverage the opportunity
    Is the project developed enough to take advantage of the award? Does the project have a realistic budget? Is there a clear explanation of how the award will move the project forward?

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What types of documents are acceptable proof of residence?
Please be prepared to provide official documentation with your full name and Louisiana address. If you do not have a government-issued ID, acceptable documents include a Voter Registration Card, Utility Bill, Rental Agreement, Paycheck Stub, Tax Return, or W-2.

Can applicants also serve other roles on the project?
Yes. While applicants must be a director or producer of their project, they may also additionally identify as writers, editors, DPs, etc.

Can co-directors apply as a team?
Co-directors may apply and should submit one application.

If I don’t have a video work sample, should I submit something else?
All projects should be prepared to submit a pitch deck and work sample. Narrative projects in development that do not have a video sample must prepare a 10-page excerpt of the draft script as a project work sample. Documentary projects that do not have a video sample must prepare a detailed film treatment as their work sample.