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Yes, but it must be an original idea and you must comply with the rules on ownership.
Your pitch must include inspiration from a book, a story or a character from the Bible.
Your pitch can be a straight chat to camera; you could include your own storyboard or show us a short trailer style clip of what the final film might look like. The only limit to what you do is your own imagination.
This description should complement your short film, and set out the concept, genre and inspiration of your pitch. It should strengthen your filmed pitch rather than simply repeat it.
To pitch you must upload a short film. The film can be a simple set up, selling us your idea. You can stand in front of a camera and sell us your vision, or you can offer a taste of how the film might look - a trailer if you like, or storyboards and graphics to help sell your story. We want to hear the concept, the genre and what inspired your pitch. Either approach is welcomed.
A wlmp file is a Windows Live Movie Maker Project file - which is used on your local computer to link your images, videos and audio files into a timeline to create the video. Once you have your timeline in the project file ready, you will need to use "File" > "Export video file" (or similar) to export the timeline into a useable video format.
Please see our technical info page for everything you need to know about uploading your pitch file.
No, your pitch does not need to be in English. However, if your pitch is in another language, it must be subtitled or dubbed in English
Yes. You can register your interest now, and you can upload your pitch until 12:00 noon (South African time) on 14 October 2019.
No, we are not looking for documentaries this year, but every other genre is acceptable.
Yes, you can. This differs from our sister competition, but remember it may be better to focus on making one really outstanding idea than submitting lots of ideas. The competition reserves the right to limit the total number of submissions from any single filmmaker in the interests of shared opportunity.
The longlisted pitches will be available to be viewed for the public vote in November 2019.
Details on the full prize will be announced over the coming months, but the best idea as chosen by the judges at the final will be developed and produced as a short film.
It is hard to be specific about this as we want to offer as much flexibility as possible to the winner, and the winner could come from a number of different disciplines. It will, in part, depend on the winner’s role in the shoot. If, for instance, the winner were the writer of the pitch they might not actually need to be on set at all; however, if they are the director they're going to need to be 100% committed during the pre-production, production and post-production periods.
The Pitch has been established to support and encourage new and emerging filmmakers, so clearly we will want to take into account their time constraints, whilst making sure the film is made in the competition timetable and to make the best use of the budget. No doubt the winner will want to take full advantage of this opportunity with both time and energy.
No. You will have to let the film play to the end to vote.
We are looking for compelling film ideas for a contemporary general audience. We are looking for projects that thoughtfully and effectively reset Biblical characters into new contexts. Most of all we are searching for dynamic and talented film makers to invest in.
The competition is open to filmmakers eligible to work in RSA, aged 18 years or over.
If the pitcher is 18 years old on or before the 11 January 2019 they are eligible to enter.
The Pitch run from the UK already welcomes filmmakers from around the world. This competition is designed to encourage and develop the talented emerging filmmakers of South Africa.
Please contact Luke Walton, Project Director, if your organisation would like to discuss develop The Pitch with us in new territories.
To enter you must upload a short film that pitches your project. All applicants must read and abide by the Rules of The Pitch
You will be able to view your pitch once it's uploaded to check it's working by logging into your account.
Naturally uploading and converting your video may take some time, often several minutes depending on connection speed and the filesize of your video, so once you submit your pitch, please do give it time to complete this process.
For best results, we recommend using H.264 (sometimes referred to as MP4).
Frame rate: 24, 25, or 30 FPS
If you know at which frame rate you shot, it is best to encode at that same frame rate. However, if it exceeds 30 FPS (frames per second), you should encode your video at half that frame rate. For example, if you shot 60 FPS, you should encode at 30 FPS.
Data rate: 2000 kbps (SD), 5000 kbps (HD)
This setting controls both the visual quality of the video and its file size. In most video editors, this is measured in kilobits per second (kbps). Use 2000 kbps for standard definition or 5000 kbps for high definition video.
Resolution: 640x480 (SD), 1280x720 (HD)
Choose 640×480 for 4:3 SD video, 640×360 for 16:9 SD video, and 1280×720 or 1920×1080 for HD. If you have the option to control the pixel aspect ratio (not the display aspect ratio), make sure it's set to "1:1" or "1.00," sometimes referred to as "square pixels."
For best results, we recommend using AAC for the audio codec. The highest quality audio rate we currently support is 320 kbps. 44.1 kHz is the highest audio sample rate we currently support.