Pitch

Deadline Extended: July 15, 2020

In 2020, the BlackStar Film Festival will host the second annual BlackStar Pitch. Filmmakers will pitch their projects in front of a virtual audience and a panel of judges to receive feedback and have an opportunity to win a $25K co-production deal with WORLD Channel. An honorable mention pitch will receive a $2,500 cash prize from IF/Then.

This year’s BlackStar Pitch will be focused on documentary short projects.


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About

BlackStar Pitch will showcase a group of 8 filmmakers, who will be selected based on their applications due July 12. The filmmakers will pitch their works-in-progress to a distinguished panel of funders, executives, distributors and producers. The 8 finalists will also have a chance to meet with a minimum of 2 panelists in one-on-one sessions prior to the Pitch contest to get direct feedback and advice on their projects.

The panelists will choose the best pitch, to be announced during the awards ceremony on August 26.

Each pitch will last 7 minutes (including video reel) followed by 8 minutes of constructive feedback. The pitch is designed to connect industry professionals with new voices in the independent film community.



Panelists

Alex Hannibal, CNN

Chi-hui Yang, JustFilms/Ford Foundation

Chloe Gbai, IF/Then

Chloe Walters-Wallace, Firelight Media

Chris Hastings, WORLD Channel

Jamila Farwell, Netflix

Jihan Robinson, Quibi

Opal Hope Bennett, POV Shorts

Poh Si Teng, Al Jazeera


Fine Print

Details


Team

Pitches should be submitted by a project’s director or producer. Each pitch team must consist of a minimum of one and maximum of three members.


Presentation

Each pitch will last 7 minutes (including video reel) followed by 10 minutes of constructive feedback.


Prize

The winning pitch will receive a $25K co-production deal with WORLD Channel. An honorable mention pitch will receive a $2,500 cash prize from IF/Then.


Deadline

The application will open June 30th. The deadline to apply has been extended to July 15.


Notification

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by July 28.


Acceptance

Chosen projects will have to accept the offered pitch slot and provide verification of text for publication by July 29.


Questions?

Have questions or concerns? Email maya@blackstarfest.org.




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