Pitch-A-Flick Contest Information

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival’s


Congratulations to Charlotte Zhang, winner of the Pitch-A-Flick contest for her pitch idea, “Christine at Night”. After another unsuccessful therapy session, an increasingly detached teenage girl has frustrating encounters with the people closest to her – her mother and her best friend. On an impulse, she decides to cause damage to her therapist’s property.

Looking forward to your film, Charlotte


Contest Overview
The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) in partnership with Knight Studio Productions and (Gulf Island Film School?) brings you the Pitch-a-Flick Short Film Pitch Contest for young filmmakers.

The VISFF is looking for the next generation of Vancouver Island filmmakers and is inviting people under the age of 25 to submit a 1-minute video pitch by February 1st, 2017. The winning pitch will be awarded $1000 to use towards producing a short film and a project-long mentorship with local filmmaker, Raymond Knight. In addition, the winning pitch will be presented at the Festival taking place February 10 & 11, 2017. The contest is open to people under the age of 25 who are residents of Vancouver Island.

$1000.00 cash to use towards creating a short film;
Project-long mentorship with established local filmmaker, [Raymond Knight];
Free entry in the 2018 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

Prize Stipulations
The $1000 cash prize must be used toward the production costs of making a short film of no more than 12 minutes, including credits. The prize money will be dispersed at the discretion of the project mentor, as named above. Additionally, the film must be completed by the deadline of May 12th, 2017.

Film genre you select is entirely up to you. You can shoot live-action, animation, stop-motion, use actors, cutouts, puppets or animals. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, comedy or even a musical – the choice is yours; there are no restrictions on content or creativity. Material deemed by the VISFF planning committee to be hateful or discriminatory will be automatically disqualified from competition.

To be eligible to apply and receive a prize, all projects must be led by an eligible “Project Lead” who will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under the following terms:

The filmmaker must be twenty-five years or younger at the time of the competition deadline
The filmmaker must be a resident of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Only short creative narrative film pitches will be considered
The project must not yet be in production
The pitch contest winner must comply with the terms of the VISFF Pitch-a Flick contest agreement. When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT. Anyone under the age of 18 requires parental consent.
The proposed runtime must not exceed 12 minutes, including credits

How to Apply
There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per entrant.
To submit your pitch, go to www.visff.com and submit via FilmFreeway. By submitting a film and/or any related materials (your “Film”) for Festival consideration, you hereby agree to the VISFF Pitch-a-Flick official rules provided on this page, and to FilmFreeway’s Terms of Service (https://filmfreeway.com/page/terms-of-service#tos-filmmakers), with the VISFF official rules applying in the event of any inconsistency between the two.

STEP 1: PLAN & PITCH: Each entrant has from 12:00 p.m. PST, December 1, 2016 until 12:00 p.m. PST, February 1st, 2017 to complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via. The following is required:
Project Title
Synopsis (250 words max)
Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 1, maximum 12, including credits)
60 second pitch video
Completed script or detailed treatment

STEP 2: SELECTION: Once the intake period closes on February 1, 2017, all Projects will be reviewed for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria. Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will be permitted to compete. The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Planning Committee shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria and for the Competition.

STEP 3: JUDGING: The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Judging Committee will select five finalists that will be showcased on the VISFF YouTube Channel and will be judged on the overall film quality, including creativity and originality. The winning pitch, selected by the Judges, will be revealed and screened at the Festival on February 10 & 11, 2017.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: The winner notified the week of February 6, 2017. If your Project is selected as the winner, you will be contacted by the VISFF Planning Committee. VISFF will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a VISFF Contest Agreement for review and signature. Following the full execution of the VISFF Contest Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by VISFF, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Award funds and mentoring schedule will be released in a drawdown schedule as agreed upon by both the winner and Knight Productions Studio.
The Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Contest Agreement will have fourteen (14) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to VISFF (i.e. on or before 5p.m. on May 12, 2017)

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: The winning film may be made available on VISFF platforms, community screenings and various social media channels.

Raymond Knight will work with the award winning Project Leads to discuss needs for filming the project.

Key Dates

December 1, 2016: Contest Opens

February 1, 2017: Deadline to submit pitches to www.visff.com

February 10 & 11, 2017: Vancouver Island Short Film Festival takes place. The winning pitch will be shown at the film festival

June 1, 2017: Deadline to submit completed projects

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