WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR POWER PITCH COMPETITION

$41K Pitch Prize Available to Canadian Producers With Scripted Feature Projects

Whistler, B.C. (August 7, 2019) – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Power Pitch program. The two-step workshop and pitch competition that takes place during WFF’s Content Summit from December 5 to 7 offers Canadian producers the opportunity to bring their feature film project to life with a $41,000 production prize on the line.

“With the world of feature filmmaking undergoing unprecedented change, producers are looking for new ways to elevate their creative projects,” says Angela Heck, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “WFF’s Power Pitch program is a tremendous opportunity to gain invaluable business skills, captivate an audience of industry decision makers and accelerate the process.”

Power Pitch finalists will participate in an intensive workshop and training under the direction of LA-based industry veteran and pitch master, Carole Kirschner. As the Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program and CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Kirschner had previously acted as a development executive at CBS and VP of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment Television. She will advise participants on the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch their project. Following the workshop, one-on-one sessions with Kirschner and a day to prep, finalists will have six minutes to pitch their feature film to three senior executives from recognized international sales companies, who will provide feedback on the quality and marketability of the projects presented, and select the winning project.

The winner will be awarded a $41,000 prize package that includes $1,000 cash and a $40,000 production package with a $10,000 post production credit from Encore Vancouver, a $10,000 studio credit, a $10,000 lighting and grip credit and a $10,000 camera credit from SIM. Additionally, they will receive the opportunity to meet privately with each jury member to receive invaluable feedback and advice.

The Power Pitch application deadline is September 20 at 11:59pm PST. The program is open to Canadian producers with scripted feature projects. Eligible projects will include a full script, character outline, synopsis, and project summary, along with casting and budget aspirations submitted with the application.

The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges support for Power Pitch from Creative BC, CMPA, Encore Vancouver and SIM.

From December 4 to 8, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 19th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. WFF’s online box office is open for early bird passes, and early bird accommodation and travel rates are available. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.

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