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Pitch, Please! Short Film Pitch Competition

May 28, 2018
Pitch, Please! Short Film Pitch Competition
Pitch, Please! Short Film Pitch Competition

Five filmmakers have five minutes to pitch their short film idea to an industry audience and jury!

We’re taking crowdfunding live in this interactive pitch competition where filmmakers will be competing for victory and for your dollars!

With support from Kickstarter, we’ll be bringing filmmakers to the stage to share their short film pitches with our jury and with you, the audience. The jury’s pick will walk away with a guaranteed prize, but you can pledge your support for any of the projects in competition, and provide direct funding to these artists-on-the-rise.

The winner will be announced at the Inside Out Awards Brunch on Sunday June 3.

Pitch, Please! 
Hosted by Bill Coulter of Bell Media CP24
Saturday, June 2, 1:30 - 2:30 PM 

Bell Media Festival Lounge
Artscape Sandbox, 31 Widmer Street 
Doors open at 1 PM 
Access with Industry or Member Badge 

***Event is open to the public, to limited capacity.***



Kyisha Williams

Preference is a 10-minute short Narrative film that follows the friendship of two young Bisexual Black women (Ayanna and Nia) as they navigate some difficult decisions about family, love and relationships.

Bio: Kyisha Williams is a director and actor in the city of Toronto. She has made two films Red Lips [cages for Black girls] in 2010 and co-directed Queen of Hearts in 2018. She is also a graduate of Inside Out’s New Visions project (2010) and the first ever cohort of Black Women Film! Canada (2016).

Maxime Robin
La Main gauche (Left-Handed)

A day in the life of three women: a teacher, a mother and... her 8 year-old son.

Bio: Trained at the Mel Oppenheim School of cinema in Montreal and at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec, Maxime is, both on stage and for the screen, an actor and director. He was seen on screen in shorts Winner/Gagnant and La Divine Stratégie, in feature films Napoléon en appart and Porcupine Lake and in the miniséries Jack Ryan, broadcasted on Amazon. On stage, he directed Photosensibles and Cat on a hot tin Roof at théâtre de la Bordée, in Québec. His school project short, Sous ma peau received accolades all around the world, among which first prize at Murgia Film Festival in Italy. Ballet Jazz is his first film and won best local film at Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec.

Monica Garrido
Boiband the Boyband: The Drag King Latinx Experience

A Boyband made up of Latinx Drag Kings prepare to go on tour after their newly found fame but soon discover that being a successful boyband sometimes clashes with what it means to be Latinx and queer. Sweat, tears, hip movements, all in Spanglish.

Bio: Monica Garrido is a human. Her short films Diferente and comedy Love You to Death were part of the Inside Out Film festival. Her first solo show The Cunning Linguist won the 2016 Queer Acts Audience Award. She has had the privilege to work with companies such as Aluna Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre. She is a member of diverse improv troupes such as The LOL Word, The Kweendom and Kinsey Fail.

Monica Garrido
Nuclear Blue

The first of three short films about the end of the world, and the end of gender, danced.

Bio: An award winning performer and 12 season veteran of the hit Canadian series Trailer Park Boys, Thompson trained at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Canadian Film Centre (2015), and was one of the eight at Canada’s prestigious Women In the Director’s Chair - Story & Leadership program (2016/17).

Her shift into screenwriting and directing has seen her short films Dawg, Bats and Pearls included in festivals internationally. She was selected for the Atlantic Film Festival script development program (2016) for her ensemble feature comedy The Benefit; she received one of the last BravoFact grants for her short films Pearls, a ‘prequel’ to her feature Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor, supported by the Canada Council and recommended by the WIDC and selected for Telefilm’s Micro-budget program. Pearls is has/or will play 20 festivals to date - national and international, and has been nominated for, and received, festival prizes.

Sofia Wickherhauser
Eternal Summer of the Heart

Two married filmmakers try to patch up their relationship between screenings of their films at a film festival.

Bio: A Director and Producer from Brazil, Sofia Wickerhauser has been travelling around the world with her projects. Projects included Infinite While It Lasts – short fiction, 2019 (in post-production), Representation in Popular Culture (provisory title) – short doc, 2019 (in development), Top 10 Places to Visit in São Paulo – short fiction, 2018, The Marvellous World of Colours and Painting – short fiction, 2017, and Afterglow – short fiction, 2017.