Archive for the ‘pitching’ Category

Fleadh Pitching Award 2011

21st March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film Fleadh 2011The Galway Film Fleadh (5th – 10th July 2011) has announced that its Pitching Award is now open for submissions.

This is a live event at the festival where five short-listed applicants pitch an idea for a film to a panel of industry experts. The winner receives €3,000.

Applicants write and submit a 500-word story idea for the screen. All applications are read by a panel selected from the Irish film industry – and the best five are shortlisted. The five writers are contacted and invited to present their pitch in front of an audience and a panel of judges on the Sunday of the Galway Film Fleadh.

The deadline for submissions is the 10th June 2011.

Fleadh Pitching Finalists

5th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film FleadhThe Galway Film Fleadh has announced the short-listed candidates for the Pitching Award:

  • Yvonne Keane
  • Tony Flynn
  • Len Collins
  • Pat Comer
  • Thomas Hefferon


The event takes place at noon on Sunday 11th July in the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Galway Pitching Award 2010

13th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award is now open for submissions.

The pitch should be a 500-word story idea for the screen, and each entry is reviewed by a panel selected from the film industry. The best five are short-listed.

The five writers are contacted and invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges. This takes place in front of an audience during the Galway Film Fleadh.

The winner of the competition receives €3,000, and the attention of the industry.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th June 2010 and further details are available on the website. Each entry must be accompanied by a €30 fee.

The Engine Room Pitch

15th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a two-day course called The Engine Room Pitch starting on the 20th of May 2010 in Dublin. The course tutors are Christina Burnett, Micheal O’Meallaigh and Niamh O’Connor.

The cost of the course is €150.

Application Procedure:
Please apply online attaching a CV and a one page proposal for a doc/factual project. You can attend either as a pitcher with project, or as an observer. All projects which are submitted by the deadline of Wednesday May 6 will be considered and those which are selected to pitch will be notified in advance of the workshop.

Participant Profile:
This workshop is aimed at producers, directors, researchers and development personnel who wish to refine their proposals and explore the commissioning process.

Course Profile:
THE ENGINE ROOM PITCH is a unique 2 day project development and pitching workshop for documentary/factual filmmakers seeking Irish and international commissions and market intelligence. It is also an exceptional networking opportunity.

Created by leading international pitch trainer Christina Burnett of Wide Eye Pictures, THE ENGINE ROOM pitch formats have been successful in the UK, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Intense, friendly and focused, the workshop develops real projects which are then presented to two commissioners for feedback. MEDIA Desk Ireland will also give an introduction to the funding, training and opportunities available at international festivals and markets.

James Parriott Interview

27th October 2009 by Maura McHugh

On the BBC Writersroom web site there is an extensive interview with US screenwriter and showrunner James Parriott (Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Sons of Anarchy).

In it he talks about pitching, how the Writers’ Room works in America for creating television series, and the changes he foresees in how television programmes will be funded in the coming years.

The piece is well worth reading.