Melbourne WebFest Pitch iview Shortlist Announced
The competition received over 70 submissions on the theme ‘Everyone’s Invited’. 15 of these have been shortlisted, and the participants will have just two minutes to pitch their original web series idea to a live audience and judging panel at the festival.
In addition to the 15 shortlisted pitches, guests attending Melbourne WebFest will also have an opportunity to submit a wild card entry during the weekend by tweeting to a hashtag that will be announced once wildcard entries open on Thursday 29 June.
Five wildcard entries will be invited to pitch on the spot during the event along with the shortlisted 15.
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).
The winning pitch will earn its creator $5,000 towards script development and the opportunity to work with ABC iview. The cash prize is intended to cover travel and accommodation to 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 be announced at the awards ceremony on 2 July.
Shortlisted Submissions“Thomas’ Wake” by Christopher Talbot
“Salty” by Shannan Lim
“Pandora’s Costume Box” by Alice Tovey
“Homeless Patrol” by Fredricka Arthur
“Abdul’s” by Masoud Varjavandi
“Gravy Boat” by Josh Futcher
“Things My Mum Says” by Michael Whyntie
“Waiting” by Tim Potter
“Food Porn” by Brigitte Jarvis
“This Island Nation” by Belinda Dean
“A Fine Man” by Jessica Budin
“Band of the Dead” by Jake Kohler
“Poppy the Elephant” by Holly Hargreaves
“Zaroville” by Ruby Schmidt
“Between The Wars” by Warwick Holt
Full program for the festival is available on the MWF website: http://www.melbournewebfest.com/2017-program/