28.04.2016 15:15

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.

The Pitch is dedicated to filmmakers from Transylvania. They must be born or currently living in Transylvania. By Transylvania we understand the following counties: Alba, Bistrita-Nasaud, Brasov, Cluj, Covasna, Harghita, Hunedoara, Mures, Salaj si Sibiu.

ShortsTV has been hosting The Pitch at 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 (24 April - 14 May 2017)

o   All submitted email entries will be reviewed by the ShortsTV team.

o   The 10 best entries will be invited to pitch their idea to camera at TIFF in Cluj-Napoca on 2 June 2017.

o   Selected contestants will be notified by 19 May.

·             Round 2: Pitch to camera, TIFF (2 June 2017)

o   At TIFF, each of the selected contestants will have 1 minute to pitch their short film idea to camera.

o   Each pitch video, along with the contestant’s show reel of past work, will then be reviewed by representatives from TIFF and ShortsTV, who will select 5 contestants to progress to the live final.

·             Round 3: Live Final, TIFF, Cluj-Napoca (4 June 2017)

o   The live final will take place at TIFF on 4 June 2017

o   The 5 finalists will each have 1 minute to pitch their short film idea to our expert jury panel and studio audience.

o   After each pitch, the finalist’s show reel of past work will be shown to the jury and audience on a big screen.

o   This will be followed by a Q&A session with the jury.

o   After all pitches are complete, the jury will decide who will win the prize of €5000!

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