Pitch Perfect @ MWF with ABC iview Shortlist Announced

Melbourne WebFest | 24-Jun-2016
Melbourne WebFest and ABC iview have partnered up to present a live pitching competition at this year's Melbourne WebFest, on 2 July at Deakin Edge, Fed Square. The competition received 120 submissions on the theme 'Anytime, Anywhere'. 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. @melbwebfest #MelbWebFest #InMelbCity
Photo credit: Tiyana Matlivoski for Melbourne WebFest
Melbourne WebFest and ABC iview have partnered up to present a live pitching competition at this year's Melbourne WebFest, on 2 July at Deakin Edge, Fed Square.

The competition received 120 submissions on the theme 'Anytime, Anywhere'. 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 the wildcard entries open on Thursday 30 June.

Five wild card 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 Rick Kalowski (ABC Head of Comedy), Kevin Mountain (Content Manager, ABC iview), John Cabrera (Gilmore Girls, H+: The Digital Series), Craig Batty (screenwriter/academic) and Steinar Ellingsen (MWF Director). The event will be MC'ed by Heather Maltman (I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Now!, Unindian).

The winner will receive $5,000 towards professional development, attending Marseille WebFest where they will participate in a writing residency to develop their pitch to the ABC. The residency will take place from 17 - 22 October. The winner of Pitch Perfect will be announced at the awards ceremony on 3 July.

Shortlisted submissions

"Jade of Death" by Taylor Litton-Strain
"Crown of Thorns" by Steve Callen
"Door to Door" by Tom Burton
"Jack of All" by Kerry Glennon
"Viking Mama" by Jenny Wynter
"Reaping" by Rory Pierce
"Early Bird" by James Vinston
"Nick of Time" by Ben Nicholas and Ric Forster
"When to Expect What You're Expecting" by Matt Smith
"Gonads" by Julian Costanzo
"Off the Grid" by David Elliot-Jones
"Ms Mighty" by Hayley Adams and Sean Carney
"Single-Serving Life" by Steve Palfreyman
"Commission" by Joshua Hemming
"Parra Wirra" by David Farrington

Visit http://www.melbournewebfest.com/pitch-perfect/ to read the full 50-word submission by each of the shortlisted entries.

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