Since it’s inception in 2005, The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition has emphasised that good writing is still the backbone of the audiovisual sector and provided many writers with an opportunity to get their foot in the door of the industry. As perhaps the best example, the 2010 Film Fleadh opened with Paul Fraser’s My Brothers, which began life a mere three years earlier as as the winner of the 2007 Pitching Competition from writer Will Collins, who has gone on to write the well received animation, Song of the Sea.
As of 2014, 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 on Sunday July 10th. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that evening and will receive a cash prize of €3000. This prize may be used as the winner sees fit.
This years finalists are:
- Eamonn Keane ‘The Watlers Beneath’
- Janet Hayes ‘Edges’
- Kevin Fitzpatrick ‘Back Door’
- David Keeling ‘Last Girl Left’
- John Corcoran ‘One Family Different Theatres’
- Rachel Carey ‘Rosanna in the Highest’
- Peter McGann ‘Caper’
- Michael Whooley ‘The Duke of Dublin’
- John McKeown ‘Capturing Love’
- Robert Higgins ‘Losing My Edge’
A view from the floor of our 2012 pitching competition final