Seven producers from across Canada will be selected to participate in Whistler Film Festival’s new Power Pitch, a two-step boot camp and pitch competition
to take place December 1-4 during the festival’s industry Summit. Power Pitch is an unprecedented opportunity for Canadian producers to pitch their
projects to some of the world’s top motion pictures sales agents.
Pitching is one of the most coveted skills filmmakers must have to succeed in the film world. The skills are key and yet sometimes difficult to master.
Power Pitch is designed to enable the selected filmmakers to master the art of the pitch and provide them with an opportunity to hone their skills to
ultimately sell their projects.
On December 1 and 2, finalists will participate in the boot camp training and rehearsal sessions under the direction of industry veteran, pitch master, and SydneysBuzz’s writer, Peter Belsito, who will direct them on the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch their project. Finalists will have one day to hone their pitches
before the showdown begins.
On December 3, the finalists will have 10 minutes to pitch their feature film, before a live audience, to three senior executives from recognized
international sales companies, who will provide feedback on the quality and marketability of the projects presented, and select the winning project. The
winner will be announced on December 3 at the Whistler Summit’s networking reception, and will be awarded 30 minutes with each of the three industry
experts on December 4, to receive invaluable project feedback and forge formidable relationships within the industry.
All producers will also be eligible for one-on-one meetings with industry experts attending WFF’s Summit on December 4 to determine if there is any
interest in putting development money into the project on an exclusive option basis. Whether a project is chosen for further development or not, the
feedback received on each chosen project will be invaluable.
“We hope that participants will find that professional market feedback on their projects will enhance their development process by providing invaluable information on what is selling today: the genres, the types of packages, the appropriate budget levels, etc.,” said Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “This reconnaissance from the front lines of the film marketplace should inform and facilitate their next stage of project development.”
Six finalists plus one Wild Card participant from WFF’s Feature Project Lab will be chosen by a selection committee to participate. The application
deadline is September 25, 2015, and the finalists will be announced by mid-October. Long-form narrative projects of all genres will be eligible. A full
script, character outline, synopsis, and project summary, along with casting and budget aspirations will form part of the material submitted. Selected
producers will receive an Industry Pass to attend the Whistler Film Festival + Summit as well as preferred accommodation and travel rates.