AACTA Pitch: ISOLATION in partnership with Monster Pictures

Applications are now closed for Australia’s ultimate horror and genre development initiative.

AACTA and Monster Pictures are giving you the chance to win $10,000 to develop your feature film, plus an Australian theatrical distribution agreement with AACTA Pitch: Isolation in partnership with Monster Pictures.

From Australian horror classics like THE BABADOOK and WOLF CREEK, to the dystopian world of I AM MOTHER, to recent box office smash THE INVISIBLE MAN, the theme of isolation is often used as a tool in horror or genre films to build tension and atmosphere.

We’re looking for concepts with strong characters and concise storytelling that display unique and exciting takes on genre films, engaging audiences in new and creative ways. The essence of the story should be able to be pitched in a simple and effective way, demonstrating clear dramatic tension and allowing an audience to immediately connect with the concept.

Offering an original take on the theme of ‘isolation' - physical, societal or psychological - we are looking for ideas and teams that can work creatively with a small budget and use minimal locations to their advantage.

A shortlist of twenty projects will be determined by a judging panel comprised of established producers, distributors and film financiers including Chris Brown (DAYBREAKERS, BAIT, THE RAILWAY MAN) as well as Toby Louie and Nicholas Levene from Fairvale Entertainment, and representatives from Monster Pictures and AACTA. The shortlisted projects will then be required to submit materials demonstrating their ability to develop the film and identify the market potential, while working within a defined budget.

From there, up to eight finalists will be selected to pitch their concept at a live event in Sydney during AACTA Awards festivities in early December 2020, with attendees including world-renowned filmmakers, producers, writers and the AACTA Pitch: Isolation in partnership with Monster Pictures judging panel.

In addition to $10,000 in development funds and an Australian theatrical distribution agreement with Monster Pictures Distribution, the winner will also receive an invite to the 2020 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in Sydney, December 2020.

  • Entry Fee $70 AACTA Members $95 Non-AACTA Members
  • Entries & Materials Deadline 5pm, Monday 3 August 2020 (AEST)
  • Rules & Supporting Documents Terms & Conditions

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