Pitch iview: “Everyone’s Invited”

The 2nd annual pitching competition at Melbourne WebFest, presented in partnership with ABC iview!

Entries are open until midnight 9 June. Guidelines, terms and conditions, and submission form below.

Pitch iview will be held at the State Library of Victoria on Saturday 1 July and is currently open for submissions.

Pitch iview is a fast paced, interactive competition in which 20 entrants will have just two minutes to pitch an original idea for a web series based on this year’s theme ‘Everyone’s Invited’ to a panel of judges and the audience.

The winning pitch will earn its creator $5,000 towards script development. The cash prize is intended to cover travel and accommodation to Marseille WebFest for one person to attend their screenwriting residency. The residency will take place from 16 – 21 October in conjunction with the 7th annual Marseille WebFest. The Pitch iview winner will also receive a free pass to the festival.

“The first ever Pitch iview event at Melbourne WebFest was one of the highlights of last year’s festival programme, which is always bursting with creativity, lively discussion and a great sense of optimism and camaraderie,” said ABC iview Manager, Sally O’Donoghue.

“We’re delighted to be running Pitch iview again, working closely with Australia’s new breed of storytellers through MWF, developing original ideas and nurturing our incredible local talent.”

Pitches will be judged on script potential, creativity and audience reaction by a panel of judges, which will consist of Sally O’Donoghue (Manager, ABC iview), Brett Sleigh (Executive Producer ABC TV Fiction), Imogen Banks (Producer, Endemol Shine), Alicia Brown (Development and investment manager, Film Victoria) and Christopher Leone (LA based filmmaker).

The event will be MC’ed by Maria Angelico.

Last year, Jenny Wynter blew away the jury and the audience with her pitch, Viking Mama: A story about a Viking mother – a woman from a distant time – who battles through the fields of present day suburbia. Juggling her 21st century tribe of children, a passive aggressive “perfect” neighbour and the pressures of modern domestic life, she struggles to fight the war of parenting as a competitive artform. Jenny described winning the competition as “life-changing”:

“The opportunity to travel to Marseille – which in itself was a lifetime highlight – and meeting incredible web series creators from all around the world was inspiring, motivating and eye-opening. The residency allowed me to connect with passionate and talented creative folks and give feedback on each other’s ideas, as well as learn from guest mentors and speakers. I returned home with a clearer idea of what my project can be, greater confidence and felt absolutely fired up to make Viking Mama a reality! I’m in talks with the ABC now to develop it as a series for iview, which is an incredible opportunity and connection that I would never have without Melbourne WebFest. Thank you ever so much!”

Guidelines

Got a great idea for a web series? Here’s how Pitch iview works:

  • Submissions are FREE, and you can post multiple entries.
  • Post your video pitch (no longer than 30 seconds) based on the theme ‘Everyone’s Invited’ via Facebook tagging @MelbourneWebFest, and include the hashtag #MWFpitch.
  • Submit your contact details and the link to your video pitch on the Melbourne WebFest website after posting your video pitch: http://www.melbournewebfest.com/pitch-iview-2017/.
  • Please note that unless you provide your details on the website, your pitch will not be considered.
  • Pitches should fit within fictional genres. Pitches for children’s and factual content are not eligible for the competition.
  • Deadline for submissions is midnight AEST Friday 9 June.
  • A shortlist of 15 submissions will be notified by Friday 23 June.
  • The shortlisted submissions will have two minutes on stage during Pitch iview on 1 July to pitch their idea and impress the judges and the audience.
  • Guests attending Melbourne WebFest will also have an opportunity to submit written wild card entries during the festival weekend, to a hashtag that will be announced at the festival. Five wild card entries will be invited to pitch with the shortlisted 15.

Terms and conditions

  • Submitters must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Entries are only accepted once the pitch is posted to Facebook AND the submitter has provided the necessariy details via the submission form at http://www.melbournewebfest.com/pitch-iview-2017/.
  • Submissions MUST be the intellectual property of the submitter(s) and/or their team. No proxy submissions are accepted.
  • By submitting to Melbourne WebFest, submitters automatically grant MWF a non-exclusive license to use their material for PR and Marketing of the festival.
  • It’s free to submit pitches, but:
    • Those shortlisted to pitch must be available to attend Melbourne WebFest in person on 1 July to deliver their pitch, and must cover any travel expenses incurred, and
    • Those pitching must also hold a valid ticket for entry to the festival.
  • The $5,000 cash prize is intended to cover travel and accommodation to Marseille WebFest for one person to attend their screenwriting residency, which is sponsored by Fox Digital. The residency will take place the week starting 16 October, in conjunction with the 7th annual Marseille WebFest. The Pitch iview winner will also receive a free pass to the festival.
  • Only shortlisted entries will be notified.
  • Decisions by the jury are final.
  • Participation in Pitch iview and any related activities, including travel, is at the participants’ own risk.
  • Melbourne WebFest and ABC iview reserve the right to amend the criteria.

Submit your details here