The Galway Film Fleadh has announced a call for entries for the new-look Pitching Competition.
As Ireland’s only film-pitching competition, the aim is to encourage budding writers with ideas (at any stage of development) to get their vision out there and to develop the crucial craft of ‘the pitch’. In the film industry, ‘the pitch’ is how you impart your passion for your project to others. It doesn’t matter how good your idea is as a writer, unless you can convince a director, producer, or financiers of its merits.
Since it’s inception in 2005, The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award has challenged writers and provided a platform them to share their ideas with their peers. In 2010, the Fleadh was proud to open with Paul Fraser’s My Brothers, which began life a mere three years earlier as a pitch by writer Will Collins. Success at the Pitching competition acted as a springboard for Collins’ project and the film went on to secure funding from the Film Board. My Brothers subsequently went on to feature at festivals around the world, including New York’s Tribeca and Will is currently co-writing the follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Secret of Kells with director Tomm Moore.
This year we are making some changes to the format. All that is required is a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – No cliffhangers!) of your idea. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered. An increased number of finalists will now be selected to pitch their idea as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds (as opposed to the previous 5 minutes) in front of an audience and a panel of industry experts on the closing day of the 26th Galway Film Fleadh (Sunday 13th July). This simultaneously allows us to give more writers the chance to pitch their ideas while challenging them to perfect the art of ‘The Elevator Pitch’. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that evening and will receive a cash prize of €3000. You never know who you could meet in an elevator at the Galway Film Fleadh so get your ideas in and start practicing!
Closing date is Friday 6th June. Entry forms and guidelines available from