The winner of the Short & Sharp Pitching Competition, held at OPENChannel on 27 April, has been revealed.
Short & Sharp is a short film pitching competition, offering new and emerging filmmakers the opportunity to learn and practise the art of pitching to gain support for their film project. The Short & Sharp Pitching event is held twice yearly at OPENChannel, Fitzroy, in April and October each year. Short & Sharp finalists compete for free access to $3,500 worth of production equipment from OPENChannel, to help them complete their short film.
An industry judging panel awarded OPENChannel Member Brook Hely with the $3,500 equipment prize for a compelling pitch of his short film Record, a touching narrative about how a blind girl's audio recordings of her deceased mother reconnect her with her grief-stricken father.
Marianne Wallace-Crabbe and Maggie Fooke were awarded a runner-up prize of a 50 per cent equipment hire subsidy to assist them with production of their animated experimental documentary Splash, exploring the healing power of comeraderie through relationships developed in a senior citizens aqua-aerobics class.
"To have won such an event has not only given us the opportunity to hire decent equipment to make our project, it has also given us a tremendous boost of enthusiam and excitement for making our film and an opportunity to get some feedback from people with experience in the film industry," said Short & Sharp winner Brook Hely.
The judging panel comprised Australian Film Commission Project Manager Karin Altmann; Melbourne Film Festival Short Film Coordinator Phillippa Campey and OPENChannel Executive Producer, Liz Burke.
"The diversity of ideas, the depth of talent and the determination evident at the event was just terrific to see - it made choosing a winner very tough indeed," said AFC Project Manager, Karin Altmann.
The finalists pitched eight high-quality projects to a captivated audience in the OPENChannel Studio. The shortlisted projects included an interesting range of drama, documentary, comedy and experimental films along with a pilot for a gritty arts-based reality TV series.
Filmmakers will have their next opportunity to pitch at Short & Sharp on 26 October this year.
Further details are available at the website below