Screenmakers will have the chance to pitch a short-form scripted or factual concept to ABC creative executives and other industry experts at the Screen Makers Conference in Adelaide in July.
The winner of the live pitch competition, known as Pitch-o-rama, will receive $10,000 from the ABC and the Media Resource Centre for development, and assistance from the ABC TV commissioning to help progress their idea for digital audiences.
Each entrant will have three minutes to make their pitch in front of live audience, and will be judged by strength of the concept, creative presentation and audience response. Last year’s winner was Ana Carbajo with comedy series Inner Lucy.
Acting ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist Michael Carrington said: “The ABC is delighted to support Pitch-o-rama again as part of our commitment to supporting innovative and emerging Australian storytellers. Live pitching puts the strength and creativity of concepts to an immediate pressure-cooker test. We are proud to give future Australian screen makers and creatives the opportunity to develop their distinctive stories for digital audiences. ”
Gail Kovatseff, director of the Media Resource Centre, said: “We’re thrilled to have Pitch-o-rama returning to the Screen Makers Conference again this year. Last year’s Pitch-o-rama debut was a great success. It provided a platform for up-and-coming screen makers to pitch their projects and the winners are now receiving assistance to help progress their concepts.”
Pitch-o-rama was launched at the Screen Makers Conference in 2018, with Ana Carbajo winning the inaugural $10,000 prize to support the development of her online comedy series Inner Lucy.
Submissions close on 1 July 2019. Apply here.
The Screen Makers Conference runs July 26-27.