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Call for entries for Pitching Competition

The Galway Film Fleadh has announced its call for entries for the new-look Pitching Competition.

At Ireland’s only film-pitching competition, the aim is to encourage budding writers with ideas at any stage of development to get their vision out there and to develop the crucial craft of ‘the pitch’.

Since 2005, the Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award has challenged writers and provided a platform for them to share their ideas with their peers. In 2010 the Fleadh was proud to open with Paul Fraser’s My Brothers, which began life a mere three years earlier as a pitch by writer Will Collins. Success at the Pitching Compeition was a springboard for Collins’ project and the film went on to secure funding from the Irish Film Board. My Brothers went on to feature at festivals around the world, including Tribeca, and Will is currently co-writing the follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells with director Tomm Moore.

This year the Fleadh are making some changes to the format of the Pitching Competition. All that is required is a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – no cliffhangers!) of your idea. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered. An increased number of finalists will now be selected to pitch their idea as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds (as opposed to the previous five minutes) in front of an audience and a panel of industry experts on on the closing day of the 26th Galway Film Fleadh (Sunday 13th July). The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that evening and will receive a cash prize of €3,000.

Closing date is Friday 6th June. Entry forms and guidelines available from www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.