DOUBLE WINNERS AT THE 2020 PITCH-O-RAMA COMPETITION

It’s a double feature as not one but two teams triumph taking away a total of $22,000  

For the first time ever today the Screenmakers Conference, as part of their 2020 virtual iteration Screenmakers Connect, and ABC iview announced not one, but two winners of the 3rd annual Pitch-O-Rama competition. 

Pitch-O-Rama is a performance style pitching competition giving content creators the opportunity to pitch a bold and original concept for $10,000 in cash funding from Mercury CX and ABC iview, including an additional $5,000 of in-kind development consultation services from Mercury CX, who has this year upped the anti and thrown in another $5,000 of in-kind development services and additional $1,000 each of cash funding, when it became clear to the judges that they had two winners on their hands. 

All pitched projects are designed for release on a short and long-form platform, such as ABC iview or social platform channels, with potential for a scripted or factual series in any genre including comedy, kids, drama, or documentary.

The winning pitchers are:

1) Just Chidi Things. A 6 x 10 minute Comedy series – by Chika Ikogwe Writer/Actor. 

A young Nigerian woman moves from Melbourne to Sydney to escape her tight-knit family, ready to live her best life, but the universe and her nosy Aunty have other things in mind

2) After School Scare – A Millennial Origin Story. A Comedy Documentary by Anthony Frith – Writer/Director/Host &  Molly O’Connor – Writer/Producer

Join our host Anthony as he dives deep into the world of 1990s Australian Kids TV shows while trying to develop his own nightmare-fuelled kids’ content.

The pitching competition saw 10 high quality shortlisted entrants from around the country pitch their ideas to an online audience of over 230 delegates. They had give 10 minutes to sell their idea in front audience and judges Brett Sleigh (Executive Producer, ABC) Entertainment and Specialist, and Stephen Oliver (Manager Documentaries, ABC) and Karena Slaninka (CEO Mercury CX) on Thursday 27 August, at Screenmakers Connect 2020. The conference is presented by the Mercury CX, a national screen centre of excellence for talent and story development based in Adelaide.

“Pitch-o-rama is a truly unique opportunity for emerging Screenmakers to flex their pitching muscles and test their long and short form scripted or documentary projects in a competitive and fun spirited environment. The pitching competition not only helps develop bold projects and new talent, but also give the winners a chance to build a relationship with ABC executives”, said Karena Slaninka director of the Mercury CX. 

For Screenmakers Conference information and Pitch-O-Rama selection criteria and entry details, please visit www.screenmakersconference.com.au

Last year’s Pitch-O-Rama saw Anna Lindner winning the $10,000 prize to support the development of her TV series project ‘The Dash’. 

Also in 2019, given the high calibre of local pitches, the South Australian Film Corporation CEO, Courtney Gibson, announced that the SAFC would contribute an additional $10,000 for development funding to be split between two South Australian projects. $5,000 went to Nelya Valamanesh for her project ‘Five Rules For Being a F*ckGurl” and $5,000 was awarded to Tommy Eyres for his project ‘Exparentment’.