November 7, 2014
Canada’s premiere Indigenous Film Festival will host a live pitch contest on Thursday, November 20 at the Adam Beach Film Institute (The former Ellice Theatre-587 Ellice) during the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF). First-time and rural filmmakers are encouraged to apply for a chance to win a $20,000 broadcast license from MTS Stories from Home.
This new addition to WAFF will be held on Manitoba Filmmakers Night following the showcase of the latest Manitoba films. The pitch contest will begin at 8:30 p.m. and each filmmaker will have three minutes to present their idea. A panel of industry professionals (including Adam Beach and Coleen Rajotte) will then have three minutes to ask questions. After hearing all pitches the panel will determine the winner of the MTS Stories From Home, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival $20,000 pitch.
“It will be the launch of an incredible week of Indigenous cinema,” says Coleen Rajotte, WAFF Artistic Director. “Our goal year after year is to celebrate Indigenous film in all its forms and genres. The pitch prize is exciting as it will add another dimension to the festival. Also, as a filmmaker I know that it is a tremendous opportunity to get a project off the ground!”
“Stories From Home is very pleased to partner with WAFF on this pitch competition,” says Cam Bennett, Executive Producer, MTS TV. “We are always looking for filmmakers from across Manitoba and love discovering new and emerging talent.”
All stories must be non-fiction, intensely local and of interest to Manitobans. Interested applicants must send a 1-2 page treatment to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 7. Up to ten filmmakers will be selected to participate. Video support will be allowed during the live pitch event.
The Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF) will run from November 19 – 23, 2014 and is the third largest Indigenous Film festival in the world
For more information:
Coleen Rajotte, Director, WAFF