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AACTA PITCH is a national pitching competition that aims to discover Australia’s next world-class scripted series for television or web.

With the audience demand and consumption for new, original drama and comedy at an all-time high, this is one of the most exciting times for emerging Australian content creators. Identifying and nurturing the best and most exciting new series ideas, AACTA PITCH will provide meaningful support for creatives as they start their journey to the world stage. AACTA encourages people from all backgrounds and levels of experience to enter

Up to eight finalists will be selected to participate in the final AACTA PITCH event in August, staged at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney. 

Finalists will have the opportunity to screen their teaser/proof of concept and pitch their series in front of a live audience, including a judging panel of esteemed figures from the worlds of television, online, production, development and commissioning

Finalists will be pitching for the chance to win:

  • A $5,000 cash prize.
  • Invaluable feedback and mentorship opportunities from AACTA, participating production companies, development executives and screen craft practitioners.
  • Post-production support from Spectrum Films to the value of $5,000.
  • Tickets to the 8th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Industry Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.
  • All finalists will receive a year’s AFI | AACTA membership.


Entries for AACTA PITCH are now open.

Entrants are required to pitch a scripted series by providing the following:

  • A 3-5 minute video (eg. pilot, proof of concept, trailer, teaser or episode);
  • A series synopsis;
  • A treatment (up to four pages containing title, logline, series storyline summary, main character outlines); and
  • The resume / CV's of all entrants.

An entry fee of $50 applies.

A shortlist of up to eight finalists will be selected to participate in the final AACTA PITCH event, held in August at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney. Finalists from interstate will be provided with flights and accommodation to attend and participate in the event.

At the event, finalists will have the opportunity to screen their teaser/proof of concept and pitch their series in front of a live audience, including the judging panel.

AACTA welcomes everyone with an idea for a series to enter, and encourages series concepts from creators and teams from diverse and under-represented backgrounds 

Entries close Friday 20 July 2018 at 5pm AEST.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

If you have any questions about entering or the AACTA PITCH competition, please contact the AACTA Awards Department at awards@afi.org.au.


Senior Producer Scripted and Unscripted, Princess Pictures

Mike is currently the Senior Producer, Scripted and Unscripted, with Princess Pictures; a dynamic film and TV production company with an international reputation for working with intensely creative talent. Prior to that, Mike was with Screen Australia since it was founded in 2008, and before that with its predecessor agency the Australian Film Commission since 2005. In his role as Investment Manager, Mike managed many Award-winning projects including online content, TV series, feature films, apps, interactive, documentary and video games. Mike had special responsibility for innovative digital production, exploring new platforms, finance and revenue models. Amongst many special initiatives, Mike initiated and managed Skip Ahead with Google/YouTube and Fresh Blood with ABC TV.


Drama Development Executive, Foxtel

Carly joined the Foxtel drama team in 2015 after working in the factual group for six years. She has since worked across WENTWORTH, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, THE KETTERING INCIDENT, SECRET CITY, FIGHTING SEASON, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and the many dramas Foxtel currently has in development.


Investment Manager – Online, Screen Australia

Lee Naimo is a producer, actor and one third of award-winning musical comedy trio The Axis of Awesome. With The Axis of Awesome he has toured the world for the last ten years, written and produced hundreds of online videos and generated an army of fans worldwide. Lee is also Creative Producer for INSERT COIN, a 52-part sketch comedy webseries that was part of the Official Selection for Melbourne WebFest 2017, and is currently the Online Investment Manager for Screen Australia.


Drama Development Manager, Jungle

After completing her Bachelor’s in Creative Arts (International Studies), Shay Spencer started her career in 2010 as the directors attachment on Jonathan Teplitzky’s feature film, BURNING MAN before working as a producer’s attachments on Stephan Elliott’s, A FEW BEST MEN. She then worked with BAFTA, PGA and Oscar®-winning producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher across their slate of projects during their time in Australia working on Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY.

In 2012, Shay joined the newly created drama department at FremantleMedia Australia. During her six years at FMA, she worked on the full slate of drama projects and across the life span of creating scripted content and was involved in some of Australian television’s most exciting and successful series, including WENTWORTH, WONDERLAND, MARY: THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS, the Paul Hogan and Olivia Newton-John biopics and the recent adaptation of one of Australia’s most iconic novels, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK. In 2016, Shay was appointed to FremantleMedia’s shadow board after a competitive process was untaken among the nearly 3000 FM employees globally. She reported to FremantleMedia’s global operating board to offer creative, innovative and bold approaches to help shape the future of the business. 

Most recently, Shay joined Jungle Entertainment to manage their growing drama development slate. Here she continues to commit to bringing diverse and exciting stories to the screen. Shay also currently completely her MBA.

  • Entry Fee $50
  • Entries & Materials Deadline Friday 20 July 2018, 5:00pm
  • Rules & Supporting Documents Terms & Conditions
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