SOUTH PITCH: Narrative Open Call
Application Deadline: AUGUST 23, 2019
Since 2011, SOUTH PITCH has provided a unique opportunity for filmmakers to practice the art of pitching and receive vital feedback about their proposed projects. In this annual competition, filmmakers from across the American South have three minutes to pitch their next film production. Pitchers present their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer constructive feedback and collectively select a winning project.

The winner of SOUTH PITCH will receive a $40,000 post-production package (to include post-production consultation, online conform, and Full Digital Intermediate color grade) from Kyotocolor.


Eligibility:
-Filmmakers must reside in the American South. These states and one federal district include: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
-Applications *must* be submitted by the filmmaker who will pitch the project for the program.
-The South Pitch competition takes place on *October 18*. Accepted applicants must be available and on-site in New Orleans for this date.

Details:
-Decision notifications will be sent out in mid-September.
-Accepted applicants will not receive assistance with travel or accommodations for the competition, but every accepted applicant will receive an All-Access Pass to the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival.
-Pitches should be crafted around projects that applicants are currently preparing to produce. Please no completed or close-to-completion projects.
-Accepted applicants will receive short pitch training sessions and will be required to do a practice pitch, to be scheduled before the competition.
-All participants receive on-the-spot, personalized feedback on their pitch.

Before beginning this application, please have the following ready:
-Working title and project basics (run time, languages, etc.)
-Logline (75 word max)
-Project Description
-Synopsis/treatment
-Name and contact info for the applicant, including 175 word bio. Only one pitcher per pitch, unless the project is to be co-directed.

This application is for narrative-based projects only. For more information on documentary submissions, see: https://neworleansfilmsociety.org/south-pitch/

Student filmmakers in a college or graduate-level program who are not attending one of our partner institutions for our Student Pitch track are welcome to apply.

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