The Screen Makers Conference and ABC iview will once again hold Pitch-o-rama, a live pitch competition in search of the next big web series idea, this July.

The event will be held as part of the Screen Makers Conference, with shortlisted entrants to have three minutes to sell their idea for a short-form scripted or factual concept directly to executives from the ABC and a live audience.

The winner receives $10,000 in concept development funding from Adelaide’s Media Resource Centre and the ABC, as well as assistance from someone within the ABC’s commissioning team to help progress the idea.

Entries will be judged on the basis of the strength of the concept, creative presentation and audience response.

Last year’s Pitch-o-rama winner was Ana Carbajo for her web series project Inner Lucy. In addition, two other projects received additional development funding from the South Australian Film Corporation, due to the high calibre of local pitches: $5,000 went to Albert Jamae for his project Four Feet Under and $5,000 was awarded to Lucy Gale for her project Fortunate.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Pitch-o-rama again, in collaboration with the Media Resource Centre. We also applaud the courage of emerging creators in pitching their short-form series ideas before a live audience. Above all, it’s a fun and exciting event for everyone involved,” said ABC iview manager Sally O’Donoghue.

Media Resource Centre director Gail Kovasteff 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 now are receiving assistance to help progress their concepts.

Submissions will open June 3, and close Monday July 1. Up to 10 shortlisted projects/teams will be notified by July 15.

The Screen Makers Conference runs July 26 – 27.