2015 Victoria Film Festival launches BravoFACT Pitch Contest

Do you have a short film idea worth $35,000?

The Victoria Film Festival has partnered with Bell Media’s BravoFACT for a short film pitch contest to take place as part of the 2015 Festival’s Springboard industry programming. Short-listed competitors will present their pitch to the public and a panel of judges, with the winner receiving $35,000.

The inaugural BravoFACT VFF Pitch Contest takes places on Feb. 6 at 4pm at the Parkside Resort Theatre. Hosting the competition will be Pat Ferns, the former chairman, president and CEO of the Banff Television Festival. 30 years ago, Ferns launched the “pitching platform” a Canadian invention that has since caught on worldwide.

The BravoFACT VFF Pitch Contest will be part of the opening weekend SpringBoard program that features industry expert Harold Gronenthal’s annual review of what’s new, forecasted and unpredictable in the changing media landscape, followed by a panel taking on the controversial issue of Net Neutrality.

“It has been the mandate of the Victoria Film Festival to encourage and support visual storytelling, through our numerous year-round programs,” says Victoria Film Festival Director Kathy Kay. “We look forward to making a commitment to a new filmmaker whose voice needs to be heard. Having a $35,000 prize offered by BravoFACT to make a short film is a great opportunity for BC filmmakers.”

Beginning today, qualified applicants can issue their submissions for the pitch contest to Rachel.feldbloomwood@bellmedia.ca by 5pm ET Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The winners of each contest must comply with the standard BravoFACT agreement. For more information on the BravoFACT VFF Pitch Contest, including an application form, visit our website.

The Victoria Film Festival has been Vancouver Island’s longest running and largest film festival since 1995. During the 10-day festival, more than 100 films are screened from around the world.

Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported more than 1,500 short-form projects across the country. BravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found here.

 

 

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