Entries are now open for AACTA Pitch: Elevate, a pitching competition that aims to discover original ideas for globally-focused, high-concept scripted series.
AACTA are looking for series ideas which are original, unique and have the potential for mass audience appeal.
The winner will be determined at the AACTA Pitch: Elevate Live Final in Sydney in late August. Up to eight finalists will be selected to participate in the event where they will have the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of a live audience, including the AACTA Pitch judging panel, which includes:
- Carly Heaton, drama development executive at Foxtel;
- Stephen Corvini, drama development executive and producer at Matchbox Pictures
- Tracey Robertson, CEO Hoodlum Entertainment;
- Billy Bowring, development manager at Fremantle Australia.
The winner of AACTA Pitch: Elevate will receive a $5,000 cash prize as well as invaluable feedback from the judging panel and guidance on the development of a pilot screenplay through script coverage from partnering production companies. The winner will also receive support from Spectrum Films to the value of $2,500, and tickets to the 2019 AACTA Awards Industry Luncheon and Awards Ceremony and associated networking opportunities
AACTA Pitch: Elevate is the second pitching competition AACTA has held this year. AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected – focused on short film concepts – was held earlier this month, with Loani Arman and Kelly Hucker winning the top prize with their project Our Greatest Escape.
“From international juggernauts like Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale, to the locally produced Glitch and Cleverman all making a strong impact with viewers worldwide, it’s clear that audiences are hungry for elevated genre stories,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.
“After seeing the sheer creativity and innovation of the concepts pitched at AACTA Pitch events in 2018 and earlier this year, we are looking forward to seeing what high-concept ideas Australian creatives come up with for AACTA Pitch: Elevate.”
Entry is $55 for non-AFI | AACTA members and $30 for AFI | AACTA members and AWG members. Entrants are required to submit a production summary and a two-give page treatment of their series.
Entries close July 22. Apply here.