The State-wide Short & Sharp event is back, presented by Open Channel with the support of Film Victoria.

Short & Sharp is a competition where a screen-based idea is pitched to a judging panel of industry heavyweights and a live audience.

Screenwriters, directors and producers of all experience levels and abilities are invited to pitch their idea. To coincide with Open Channel’s 2015 Generation Next: Microbudget Film Conference in September, your pitch must be for a screen-based project achievable on a micro-budget.

To take part, first submit a 3-minute video pitch with your idea via

Entries close 5pm Friday 5 June and selected finalists will pitch to the judging panel on 1st September at Docklands Studios.

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie said he can’t wait to find out what ideas creative locals have in store.

“Pitching is a fundamental skill in the screen industry and Short & Sharp is the only avenue in Victoria for aspiring and emerging screenwriters and content creators to develop their pitching skills,” he said.

“Short & Sharp does this in a number of ways. You can present an original project for feedback from leading screen industry professionals as well as audience feedback. Or you can come along to the final and see what it takes to pitch a project and find out what producers are looking for.”

This year’s winner will receive a $250 cash prize and have the chance to participate in the national pitching competition in November.

Event details

Venue: Docklands Studios, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands
Date: Tuesday, 1st September (at the Generation Next: Microbudget Film Conference)
Time: 11.00am