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AACTA PITCH: ELEVATE

Entries are now open for AACTA Pitch: Elevate, a national pitching competition aiming to discover the most original and exciting ideas for globally focused, high-concept scripted series.

AACTA are looking for series ideas which are original, unique and have the potential for mass audience appeal. Elevated concepts begin with a simple premise and an unusual set of circumstances, but hold the potential for endless possibilities within the world of the series.

The popularity of elevated genre series is at an all-time high, with international series’ such as GAME OF THRONES and THE HANDMAID’S TALE breaking ratings and streaming records around the world. Australian high-concept series including AACTA Award-winning productions GLITCH and CLEVERMAN are also finding dedicated international audiences on Netflix and SundanceTV after drawing in millions of viewers on ABC and ABC iview.

The rise of streaming services and online viewing platforms also marks an exciting time for Australian content creators who have more opportunities than ever to find global audiences. Most recently, Australians Luke Davies and David Michôd’s satirical, absurdist dark comedy CATCH-22, gained audiences around the world after being produced by SVOD service Hulu.

The winner of AACTA Pitch: Elevate will receive:

  • A $5,000 cash prize;
  • Invaluable feedback from the judging panel;
  • Guidance on the development of a pilot screenplay through script coverage from partnering production companies;
  • Support from Spectrum Films to the value of $2,500;
  • Tickets to the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Industry Luncheon and Awards Ceremony and associated networking opportunities.

The winner will be determined at the AACTA Pitch: Elevate live final in Sydney in late August. Up to eight finalists will be selected to participate in the event where they will have the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of a live audience, including the AACTA Pitch judging panel.

 

AACTA welcomes everyone with an idea to enter, and encourages entries from creators and teams from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

Entry is $55 for non-AFI | AACTA members, and $30 for AFI | AACTA members and AWG members.

Entrants must submit:

  • A production summary of their series concept, including title, logline and half page synopsis;
  • A 2-5 page treatment of their series; and
  • The CVs of all members of the team.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Finalists from interstate will be provided with flights and accommodation to attend and participate in the AACTA Pitch: Elevate Live Final in Sydney in late August 2019.

Entries close Monday 22 July 2019 at 5pm AEST.

By clicking Enter Today you will be diverted to the AACTA Awards entry portal.

You will need to first create an account before entering your pitch details. 

If you have any questions about entering or the AACTA Pitch: Elevate competition, please contact the AACTA Awards Department at awards@afi.org.au or on 03 9695 7259.

 

 

Carly Heaton
Executive Producer, Foxtel

Carly has been working with the Foxtel drama team for four years. She has since worked across WENTWORTH, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, THE KETTERING INCIDENT, SECRET CITY, FIGHTING SEASON, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, LAMBS OF GOD and the upcoming series THE END and UPRIGHT.

 

 

Tracey Roberston
Hoodlum Entertainment CEO

Tracey Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Hoodlum, an Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning Entertainment Company. As CEO, Tracey oversees Hoodlum Television, connecting with networks and studios to produce scripted content in Australia, the United States, and the UK.

Tracey manages Hoodlum's US and International slate and has completed production of Seasons 1 and 2 of SECRETS AND LIES, as well as the FOX pilot STRANGE CALLS, a remove of Hoodlum's 2012 series THE STRANGE CALLS. Hoodlum has also produced HARROW for the ABC Australia and ABC Studios International Netflix’s first Australian Original TIDELANDS.

 

 

Billy Bowring
Drama Development Manager, FremantleMedia Australia

Originally from London, Billy began his career writing script coverage for Pathe, Working Title and Film4 in his spare time. He then moved to Number 9 Films as a producer’s assistant, working for two years on feature films. These included a London gangster thriller called HYENA and Todd Haynes’ film, CAROL, starring Cate Blanchett. After spending some time producing short films and music videos, he moved to Australia and began working in script development with Fremantle Australia. He plays a role in guiding FreemantleMedia Australia’s drama slate and working closely with creative talent.

 

 

Stephen Corvini
Matchbox Pictures Drama Development Executive and Producer, and Producer of HUNGRY GHOSTS (SBS)

Stephen Corvini is a Drama Development Executive & Producer with Matchbox Pictures and is the Producer of SBS Series HUNGRY GHOSTS and SECRET CITY 2 – UNDER THE EAGLE. He also developed and produced the series SAFE HARBOUR for SBS & Hulu and film, and ODDLANDS in collaboration with Back to Back Theatre for the ABC & the Adelaide Film Festival.

He has also produced: the series HYDE & SEEK and the telemovie SCHAPELLE for the Nine Network; BETTER MAN for the SBS; and DEVIL’S DUST for the ABC. Stephen also conceived and established the development of the series MR & MRS MURDER for Channel Ten. His other scripted television work includes WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT GUY? for the Comedy Channel and MERCURY and CORRELLI for the ABC.

  • Entry Fee $30 for AFI | AACTA members and AWG members $55 for non-AFI | AACTA members
  • Entries & Materials Deadline Monday 22 July 2019, 5:00pm AEST
  • Rules & Supporting Documents Terms & Conditions
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