Thursday, May 05, 2005


With the presence of "101 Scénaristes/101 Scriptwriters", Equinoxe and le Club des producteurs, Cannes 2005 was already promising to throw a major spotlight on scriptwriters. Now the London Script Consultancy and Panasonic are coming together to provide another major event: The Big Pitch. "In a once in a lifetime opportunity, filmmakers from across the world are invited to pitch their film ideas to a panel of international industry experts, including Peter Albaek Jensen, producer of "Dancer In The Dark" and "Dogville", Paul Webster, executive producer of "The Motorcycle Diaries", Steve Arnold, the producer of "Brassed Off" and Barnaby Thompson, producer of "Fred and Perry Go Large".

First prize is the Ultimate Filmmaker's Package: the award winning Panasonic NV-GS400 digital video camera, winner of the European Camcorder of the Year Award 2004/2005. They will also receive £3000 of professional script development, Final Draft software, a Focal Press screenwriter's book package, a one year cinema pass to UGC Cinemas, and one year's free subscription to LoveFilm DVDs, Sight & Sound and Hotdog Magazines.

The Panasonic International Filmmaker's Award will be held on Sunday 15th May from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at the UK Film Centre in the International Village, Cannes Film Festival 2005. For further information and entry details, go to Submissions are liimted to 3 pitches per person, and writers should be able to do their 2-3 minute pitch at Cannes in English.

What, you're still hanging around here?

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