Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today their continued partnership with Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) for the second annual WIFT-T BravoFACT pitch competition. An exciting initiative exclusive to WIFT-T members, the contest welcomes teams of directors and producers featuring a woman in a key creative role to submit their short film pitches for a chance to win the $50,000 award. The top five finalists will also receive the opportunity to pitch their project in front of a jury of experts and a live audience at the 2022 WIFT-T Showcase in March.
“Through our continued partnership with WIFT-T, BravoFACT remains committed to fostering the development of female filmmakers through this exciting pitch contest,” said Tyson Parker, Head, Artist and Music Industry relations, Bell Media. “The breadth and quality of last year’s submissions was extraordinary, and we look forward to reviewing the compelling and creative pitches sent to us this year.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with BravoFACT for a second consecutive year on this pitch competition in support of female filmmakers and diverse voices,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director.
Teams submitting their short film for consideration must include a female producer or director. From the submissions, five teams will be selected to participate in the pitch competition and will receive the following:
- A pitch coaching session led by an industry professional to help fine-tune pitches
- Four tickets to the 2022 WIFT-T Showcase
- An opportunity to showcase their project in front of a high-profile jury comprised of a BravoFACT representative and other industry experts
The five teams selected will present to an audience comprised of WIFT-T members, industry professionals, and content creators, affording all presenters excellent exposure for their projects, regardless of the outcome. The winning pitch team will be awarded a cash prize from BravoFACT totaling $50,000.
The team that receives an honourable mention will be awarded two WIFT-T programming passes each valued at $500. Both the first place and honourable mention team will receive onstage recognition at the 2022 WIFT-T Showcase.
The deadline to submit is Monday, Jan. 16, 2022, with finalists to be announced March 1. Interested teams can download a BravoFACT application form at www.bravofact.com. Applicants to BravoFACT’s Dec. 2 deadline are welcome to submit their application to the WIFT-T BravoFACT Pitch Competition; however recipients are not eligible for double funding.
For more information and contest rules, applicants can visit wift.com