American Express has announced the finalists for its My Movie Pitch Contest, an initiative with the Tribeca Film Festival that intends to take one unique concept to the big screen for a short film that will play at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The nine finalists, taken from two rounds of submissions, will all be in the running for the honor, to be made into a Tribeca short film. All nine finalists will receive a laptop computer, editing software, and a video camera. while the winning pitch will receive a trip to New York City to see their concept come to fruition on the big screen at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Commenting on the contest, Jessica Igoe, AmEx Vice President Global Sponsorship and Event Marketing said, “At American Express, we are about supporting the art of storytelling and supporting great artists, whether established or up-and-coming. This competition enabled film enthusiasts across the country to tell their stories and whether they were emotional, humorous and everything in between, ‘My Movie Pitch’ gave an incredible platform that allowed those voices to be heard.”
For more information on the contest, please visit the American Express film website here.
The nine finalists, with synopses and links to their YouTube pitches:
“Gesundheit” — Every sneeze is deadly in this original disaster movie. (link)
“Mr. Stache” — An often dark drama about a man and his mustache. (link)
“Psychic” — In this comedy, a psychic foresees the strange future of marriages. (link)
“Doppleganger” — A race of aliens steal complete human identities in this sci-fi thriller. (link)
“Chalklines” — A man encounters some sinister scribbles in this unexpected film. (link)
“Placebo 56” – In this sci-fi thriller, mankind’s only hope against a global plague rests in one man who soon finds himself fighting for his own survival. (link)
“Beyond The Grave” – A paranormal investigator is aided by the spirit of a young man, only to find himself ensnared in the twisted games of a serial killer who can’t even be stopped by death. (link)
“The Auction” – A distraught man tries to start anew by selling his entire life to the highest bidder, but it seems the buyers have even more to run from. (link)
“Let’s Have Church” – A documentary about the role of the theater of worship in America across religious denominations. (link)