Since it’s inception in 2005, The Pitching Competition at the Galway Film Fleadh – in association with 101 Films International – has emphasised that good writing is still the backbone of the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get their foot in the door of the industry.

All that is required is a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – no cliff-hangers!) from writers of any skill level. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  Finalists will be selected to pitch their idea as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds, in front of an audience and a panel of industry judges on the closing day of the Galway Film Fleadh. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that evening and will receive a cash prize of €3000, sponsored by 101 Films International.

2018 Pitching Competition Judges: Nicola Lyons (Northern Ireland Screen) Mary Kate O’ Flanagan (Screenwriter/Story Consultant) and Steve Davey (101 Films International).

In addition to the prize money, and the opportunity to pitch to industry professionals, the real benefits of being selected for the Film Fleadh Pitching Competition are multifarious. Previous participants have cited: opening the door to producers, having their project optioned by producers, being invited on mentorships to hone their craft, bolstering their confidence and providing the first opportunity for them to win over an audience. Read their testimonials here.

As for the winner, the prize can allow them the time to develop and expand their pitch into a full feature film script, as was the case with Will Collins and My Brothers. As perhaps the best example, Collins won the Film Fleadh Pitching Competition with his pitch for My Brothers, and the film opened the festival three years later, before Collins went on to write the Oscar® nominated Song of the Sea and the hotly anticipated Wolfwalkers.

This Galway Film Fleadh is delighted to once again partner with 101 Films International on the €3,000 cash award for the Pitching Competition. 101 Films International ltd, is the newly founded Sister company to 101 Films Limited, one of the UK’s largest independent all rights UK publishers, founded in 2011. 101 Films International’s primary function is to work in conjunction with producers to act as their representative to guide a film through the launch and marketing process, with the aim of getting the best deals for the film across 32 different international territories – attending all major film markets, Berlin, Marche Du Film, TIFF and AFM.

On the award, Dublin based Eoghan Burke – Head of International Sales for 101 Films International says: “We are delighted to continue our long standing relationship with Galway Film Fleadh and look forward  to building on the success of the previous Fleadh. Galway offers an exciting opportunity to 101 Films International to develop long term relationships with up and coming Irish producers and talent. We are always available to offer advice and guidance to any of the entrants.”

The regular deadline for entry to the Pitching Competition is Friday May 31st, 2019 at 5p.m. G.M.T. and the entry fee is €40. The late deadline is Friday June 7th, 2019 at 5p.m. G.M.T. and the fee is €50.

To submit a pitch, click here.