Low Wood Bay is delighted to be supporting The Pitch, a competition that supports budding UK filmmakers.
Launched in 2008, The Pitch has helped thousands of small businesses with training, development and funding. Some of the finalists from previous years have gone on to great success – securing investment, industry support and opportunities to make and launch their films. The Pitch itself has expanded from its roots as solely a pitching competition to offering a comprehensive programme of support to entrants and winners.
Initially, entrants submit a two minute video pitch, outlining their short film idea. The fund is free to enter. Forty filmmakers are selected to go through to regional finals, where they attend a virtual workshop. This the first of many different ways the fund supports filmmakers. At each stage of the process there is training to help them prepare for pitching to industry experts, as well as equipping them with skills for future success in the film industry.
Luke Bradford pitching his film to investors and industry experts
The top ten filmmakers are selected to give a 12-minute pitch at The Pitch Final. To prepare for this they are invited to a three-day intensive masterclass at Low Wood Bay where they are tutored in how to present the perfect pitch. With this valuable training under their belt, the shortlisted finalists present to a panel of industry judges at the National Film and Television School in January.
Two successful filmmakers will be selected to receive funding from the overall Production Fund of £40,000, which will be used for support and production costs to launch their film and take it further on the journey to full production.
Looking back at The Pitch 2020
Luke Bradford winning The Pitch competition in 2018
Luke Bradford was one successful finalist who worked on his film White Gold at Low Wood Bay and benefitted from the investment required to make his film. It won various awards, including the Pan African Film Festival in LA. This qualified the film for entry to the Oscars where it reached the long list stage.
It has now been nominated for an award at Film the House festival, a UK parliamentary award with the express aim to educate parliamentarians and young people about the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy. There are six categories for entry and Luke has been nominated in the Best Film Direction category.
Prizes for the winners include support from industry screenwriting professionals, a BBFC certificate of classification and a cash prize to help in the development of their next project.
Wishing Luke every success when the winners are announced on 8th March!
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