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Pitch Your Web Series Idea to ABC iview at Melbourne WebFest

BY Melbourne WebFest | 29-May-2017
Melbourne WebFest, Australia’s international web series festival, is partnering with ABC iview to present their second live pitching competition for web series. Pitch iview will be held at the State Library of Victoria on Saturday 1 July and is currently open for submissions. @MelbWebFest @ABCiview @Library_Vic #MelbWebFest #webseries
Melbourne WebFest, Australia’s international web series festival, is partnering with ABC iview to present their second live pitching competition for web series. Pitch iview will be held at the State Library of Victoria on Saturday 1 July and is currently open for submissions.

Pitch iview is a fast paced, interactive competition in which 20 entrants will have just two minutes to pitch an original idea for a web series based on this year’s theme ‘Everyone’s Invited’ to a panel of judges and the audience.

The winning pitch will earn its creator $5,000 towards script development. The cash prize is intended to cover travel and accommodation Marseille WebFest for one person to attend their screenwriting residency. The residency will take place from 16 – 21 October in conjunction with the 7th annual Marseille WebFest. The Pitch iview winner will also receive a free pass to the festival.

“The first ever Pitch iview event at Melbourne WebFest was one of the highlights of last year's festival program, which is always bursting with creativity, lively discussion and a great sense of optimism and camaraderie,” said ABC iview Manager, Sally O'Donoghue.

“We're delighted to running Pitch iview again, working closely with Australia's new breed of storytellers through MWF, developing original ideas and nurturing our incredible local talent."

Pitches will be judged on script potential, creativity and audience reaction by a panel of judges, which will consist of Sally O'Donoghue (Manager, ABC iview), Brett Sleigh (Executive Producer ABC TV Fiction), Imogen Banks (Producer, Endemol Shine), Alicia Brown (Development and Investment Manager, Film Victoria) and Christopher Leone (LA based filmmaker). The event will be MC’ed by Maria Angelico (Footballer Wants a Wife, Movement)

Last year’s winner, Jenny Wynter, described the experience as “life-changing.”

“The opportunity to travel to Marseille – which in itself was a lifetime highlight – and meeting incredible web series creators from all around the world was inspiring, motivating and eye-opening. The residency allowed me to connect with passionate and talented creative folks and give feedback on each other's ideas, as well as learn from guest mentors and speakers.”

“I returned home with a clearer idea of what my project can be, greater confidence and felt absolutely fired up to make Viking Mama a reality! I'm in talks with the ABC now to develop it as a series for iview, which is an incredible opportunity and connection that I would never have without Melbourne WebFest.”

The winner of Pitch iview will be announced at Melbourne WebFest’s Gala Awards Night on Sunday 2 July.

Read the full guidelines, terms and conditions, and register for Pitch iview at www.melbournewebfest.com/pitch-iview-2017.