The Pitch

Written on 22nd February 2017.

The Pitch

Stand a chance to win €5000 towards the production of your next short film.

ShortsTV is once again hosting ‘The Pitch’ competition at the Cannes Film Festival!

The Pitch gives filmmakers the 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 on ShortsTV around the world.

ShortsTV has been hosting The Pitch in Cannes and at other film festivals around the world for more than five years. In that time, we have seen hundreds of filmmakers compete for the grand prize, including Oscar nominated Dutch animators Job, Joris and Marieke and award winning Icelandic filmmaker, Eva Sigurdardottir.

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

Round 1: Email entries (3-30 April 2017)

  • All submitted email entries will be reviewed by the ShortsTV team.
  • The 20 best entries will be invited to pitch their idea to camera at the Short Film Corner in Cannes on 23 May. Selected contestants will be notified by 12 May.

Round 2: Pitch to camera, Cannes Short Film Corner (23 May 2017)

  • At the Short Film Corner in Cannes, each of the selected contestants 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 then be reviewed by representatives from the Cannes Film Festival and ShortsTV, who will select 5 contestants to progress to the live final.

Round 3: Live Final, Cannes Film Festival UK Pavilion (25 May 2017)

  • The live final will take place at the UK Pavilion in Cannes on 25 May.
  • The 5 finalists will each have 1 minute to pitch their short film idea to 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 prize of €5000!


Send an email to before 23:59 CET on Sunday 30 April 2017 with the following information:

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

Please name the 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

Successful applicants will be notified by 12 May and given further instructions for the competition.

NOTE: Incomplete applications or those that don’t follow the rules below will not be considered.


  • You must have already made at least one short film and be able to demonstrate your past work via a show reel that must be between 30-60 seconds in length.
  • All selected contestants must be able to attend The Pitch in Cannes on the required dates and be available for on camera interviews with the ShortsTV team while there.
  • All recorded pitches, interviews, and contestant show reels will be eligible for broadcast 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.
  • Inclusion of props, actors or visuals during your pitch must be approved by ShortsTV.
  • You must hold the copyright to your pitch idea to protect the ownership of your idea.
  • If you win The Pitch, the prize money is provided on the condition that ShortsTV is given first right of refusal to broadcast the winning film when it is finished. A production funding agreement will be given to you.
  • Your short film must not exceed 40 minutes in length.
  • Your short film must have a maximum budget of €10,000 – it can only exceed this amount if ShortsTV is guaranteed first right of refusal to broadcast the finished film.
  • The winning film must be finished within one year, or the €5,000 funding will be withdrawn.

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