Pitch Your Next Film Project at NOFF!
Applications open on Friday, June 15, 2018.
Since 2011, South Pitch has provided a unique opportunity for filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers from across the American South have three minutes to pitch their next film production. Participants present their concepts or works-in-progress to panels of three judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer constructive feedback for all participants. Previous pitch judges have included Philipp Engelhorn (Cinereach), Dan Schoenbrun (Kickstarter), and Debra Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies). Winners of each track receive a prize to aid in the creation of their pitched project.
South Pitch for Southern Film Students
Free to Attend and Open to the Public
Selected students from southern universities compete to win funding for their next project. This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, the University of Texas at Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University.
Student Narrative Pitches
The winner receives a Samsung 360 Camera, Final Draft 10, an ISA Membership, StudioBinder production management software, and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.
Student Documentary Pitches
The winner receives: a Samsung 360 camera, a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc., and Showbiz Budgeting Software
South Pitch for Southern Filmmakers
Free to attend and Open to the Public
Come watch filmmakers at various stages in their career pitch their next project to our panel of judges for a chance to make it a reality.
The winner receives: $10,000 444 prize package and 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc., $2,500 Music Licensing Credit sponsored by Musicbed, Final Draft 10, Vimeo Pro Account, ISA Membership, Showbiz Budgeting Software, and Studio Binder production management software
IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition
Free to Attend and Open to the Public
A program in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Institute, documentary filmmakers have a chance to pitch their next project for funding to make their ideas a reality.
The winner receives: up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then, and year-round mentorship from TFI
For any further questions about South Pitch, please contact pitch@neworleansfilmsociety.
The New Orleans Film Festival, in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute is thrilled to stimulate the art of short-form documentary storytelling with If/Then, a pitch competition open to filmmakers living and working in the American South.
The pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries (running 10-20 minutes) that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics about the American South. With an intentional focus on place-based, community-inspired, short-form storytelling, we are looking for compelling character-based stories focused on contemporary subjects that are relevant globally.
Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition at NOFF before a panel of industry judges on October 19, 2018. Each pitch team will have 7 minutes to present their project, which will be followed by a short moderated discussion with a tailored jury.
One project, selected by the jury, will receive up to USD $20,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.
Online registration opens: June 15, 2018
Project application deadline: August 13, 2018
Notification of project selection: mid/late September
IF/Then pitch competition in New Orleans: October 19, 2018
All stories and storytellers coming from the American South. These states and one federal district include Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Projects must be completed within 6 months of receiving funding, be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics, and be presented in English or subtitled in English.
Eligible Projects Must Meet the Following Criteria:
- Be an original short documentary with a final duration (TRT) of between 10-20 minutes
- Be completed within 3-6 months of receiving the IF/Then grant. The amount you request should allow you to complete the film within this time frame.
- Be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics and be designed for a U.S. audience
- Be driven by (a) compelling character(s), with access to the character(s) secured
- Be presented in English or subtitled in English
- Have no prior distribution attached and be able to participate in the IF/Then distribution initiative
Projects that we DO NOT support:
- Student projects
- Feature-length documentaries, series or cut-downs of completed films
- Films that are made to support an advocacy campaign
- Films with distribution attached
- Projects will be prioritized based on the following criteria:
- Originality and social relevance
- Robust storytelling that brings new facts, perspectives and under-represented stories to light
- Financial feasibility
- Potential to travel
We urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:
- Working title and project basics (TRT, languages, etc.)
- Logline (75 word max)
- Project description (250 word max)
- Synopsis/treatment (500 word max)
- Project status (250 word max)
- Funding status (250 word max)
- Distribution and rights status (250 word max)
- Name and contact info for up to 2 pitch members, including 175 word bio each.
- Link to video sample (3 minutes max) presenting the project/characters
- Link to a photo that best represents the project
Please check the F.A.Q. here.
If you have any remaining questions regarding IF/Then at NOFF, contact IFThenshorts@tribecafilminstitute.org
Open-Call Narrative is looking for applications from Southern filmmakers to pitch their next project.
Applications require a working title, project description, treatment, and applicant bio. If selected, you will have the chance to pitch your project, but remember: you only have three minutes. Once you’ve finished your pitch judges will give every participant personalized feedback, and the winner will be one step closer to making their project a reality.
Applications to participate in this year’s Narrative Open-Call are now open! You can find them here.
Application deadline August 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
- Filmmakers must be living or working in the American South. These states and one federal district include Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
- Applications *must* be submitted by the filmmaker who will pitch the project for the contest.
- Student projects are not eligible.
- The Pitch Perfect competition takes place on October 19, 2018. Accepted applicants must be available and on-site in New Orleans for this date.
- Decision notifications will be sent out in mid-September.
- Accepted applicants will not receive assistance with travel or accommodations for the competition, but every accepted applicant will receive an All-Access Pass to the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.
- Pitches should be crafted around projects applicants are currently preparing to produce. Please, no completed or close-to-completion projects.
- Accepted applicants will receive short pitch training sessions and will be required to do a practice pitch, to be scheduled before the competition.
- All participants receive on-the-spot, personalized feedback on their pitch.
Before beginning this application, please have the following ready:
- Working title and project basics (runtime, languages, etc.)
- Logline (75-word max)
- Project Description
- Name and contact info for the applicant, including 175-word bio. Only one pitcher per pitch, unless the project is to be co-directed.
This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas – Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University.
The process for all student rounds is done by nomination on the university level by participating institutions; we do not accept applications for this track. If you attend one of the participating institutions, please contact your university for further information. Students not nominated for this track, or who attend Southern institutions that are not participating, are encouraged to apply for Open-Call Narrative or IF/Then’s Open-Call!