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BravoFACT and Calgary Film Festival Announce Pitch Competition

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    Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) and The Calgary International Film Festival announced today they have partnered for the inaugural Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest.

    Taking place Saturday, Oct. 1 during the closing weekend of CIFF 2024 (September 21 to October 2), five filmmaking teams from Alberta will be given the opportunity to pitch their short film in front of a live audience and a jury of industry experts. The winner will be awarded with a $50,000 prize, provided by BravoFACT, to fund their winning project, two festival passes for CIFF 2024, and the chance to screen their short film at the 2024 festival. The winning team will be announced at the CIFF Awards Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 2.

    “BravoFACT strives to support a strong and diverse Canadian film industry, and our partnership with CIFF allows us to continue to expand our reach,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to working with CIFF and shining a spotlight on Calgary’s young filmmaking talent.”

    “We’re thrilled to be partnering with BravoFact on the 2024 Pitch Contest,” said Calgary International Film Festival Executive Director, Steve Schroeder. “A huge part of CIFF’s mission is to engage and showcase Alberta filmmakers and this is the perfect fit.”

    Beginning today, eligible applicants are encouraged to visit to apply. Applicants to the CIFF BravoFACT pitch contest are also welcome to submit their applications to BravoFACT for their December 2 winter deadline, but the pitch contest winner is not eligible for double funding. The five teams selected to pitch their short at the Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest will be notified by Friday, Sept. 18. The deadline to submit is Friday, Aug.26.

    For more information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit