The Pitch - Netherlands Film Festival 2017

Written on 9th August 2017.

ShortsTV is once again hosting The Pitch competition at the Netherlands Film Festival!

The Pitch gives filmmakers an opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to an expert jury panel for the chance to win €5000 towards the film’s production and broadcast of the finished film on ShortsTV around the world.

First held at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2012, the competition has seen hundreds of filmmakers compete for the grand prize, including Oscar nominated filmmakers Job, Joris and Marieke, and Golden Calf winner, Rob Lucker.

If you have a great short film idea and think you have what it takes to win The Pitch, here are all the details you need to know!


The Pitch competition will consist of three rounds, culminating in a live final in front of an expert jury panel and studio audience in Utrecht.

Round 1: Email entry, August 1 – 28th

  • All submitted email entries will be reviewed by the ShortsTV team.
  • The 10 best entries will be invited to come pitch during the festival in Utrecht.
  • Selected contestants will be notified by September 8th.


Round 2: Pitch to camera, September 26th

  • The 10 selected contestants will be invited to come pitch their idea at the Festivalpaviljoen in Utrecht on September 26th.
  • Each contestant will have 1 minute to pitch their short film idea to camera.
  • Each pitch video, along with the contestant’s show reel of past work, will be reviewed by representatives from the Netherlands Film Festival and ShortsTV, who will select 5 contestants to progress to the live final.


Round 3: Live Final, September 28th

  • The live final will take place at the Festivalpaviljoen in Utrecht on September 28th.
  • The 5 finalists will each have 1 minute to pitch their short film idea but this time it will take place in front of our expert jury panel and studio audience.
  • After each pitch, the finalist’s show reel of past work will be shown to the jury and audience on a big screen.
  • This will be followed by a Q&A session with the jury.
  • After all pitches are complete, the jury will decide who will win the €5000 production funding!



Send an email to before 23:59 CET on Monday August 28th 2017 with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Contact email address and phone number
  • Film name
  • A short description of your short film idea (max 100 words)
  • A director’s biography/CV (additional crew member biographies are optional)
  • A downloadable 30 – 60 second show reel of your past work


Please name the show reel file: FirstName_FamilyName_ReelName

Please follow the technical specification below:


  • Frame Size: 1920 x 1080
  • Frame Rate: 25 fps
  • Codec: H.264



  • Codec: AAC
  • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
  • Channels: 2


Please send all details on one email or attachment. The show reel can be sent via WeTransfer or other online service. Please ensure it is downloadable though.

Successful applicants will be notified by September 8th and given further instructions for the competition. Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered.



  • To qualify for entry, you must have already made at least one short film and be able to demonstrate your past work via a downloadable show reel of between 30-60 seconds.
  • All selected contestants and finalists must be able to attend The Pitch in Utrecht on the required dates (26-28 September 2017) and be available for on camera interviews with the ShortsTV team.
  • ShortsTV does not offer travel, accommodation or other expenses.
  • You will be required to sign a release form giving us permission to use all recorded pitches, interviews, and contestant show reels on ShortsTV around the world.
  • You may only pitch in English.
  • You must be able to pitch your idea in no more than 1 minute.
  • You may include props, actors or visuals during your pitch subject to the prior approval of the ShortsTV team.
  • You must hold the relevant copyright to your pitch idea in order to protect the ownership of your idea.
  • Your short film must not exceed 40 minutes in length.
  • If you win, the production funding of €5000 is given on the condition that ShortsTV is granted non-exclusive TV broadcast rights to the finished film. You will be required to sign a licence agreement before the money is paid to you (this agreement can be reviewed in advance on request). A suitable payment plan will be agreed between ShortsTV and the filmmaker with ShortsTV having budget approval rights.
  • The film must be finished and delivered to ShortsTV within one year of winning The Pitch. ShortsTV will be credited as Executive Producers and retains the right to recoup the production funding in the event of non-delivery.
  • ShortsTV will hold back on broadcast of the film for 6 months after the film is delivered to allow for festival entries. This hold back can be extended for up to a year on agreement between ShortsTV and the filmmaker.
  • Your short film must have a maximum budget of €10,000 – it can only exceed this amount on the prior approval of ShortsTV and on the condition that ShortsTV is still guaranteed TV broadcast rights to the finished film.

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