The Pitch - Cannes Film Festival

Written on 22nd February 2017.

The Pitch - Cannes Film Festival

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.

Entries for this competition have now closed.

Details of the event at the Cannes Film Festival are below – if you’re in Cannes during the film festival and are not competing in The Pitch, feel free to come and watch!

Pitch to camera: 23 May 2017 (10am-1pm), Cannes Short Film Corner

  • At the Short Film Corner in Cannes, each of the 20 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.

Live Final: 25 May 2017 (3-5pm), BFI UK Pavilion

  • The live final will take place at the BFI 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!



  • 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 full worldwide TV broadcast rights to the finished film. 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 full TV broadcast rights to the finished film.
  • The winning film must be finished within one year, or the €5,000 funding will be withdrawn.

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