Angie Black to pitch at ACMI

28 June 2010

Written by: Jean Kemshal-Bell

La Trobe media lecturer Angie Black has been selected for this year’s Short & Sharp Pitching Competition.

The competition, presented by Open Channel with the support of Film Victoria, is a nationwide search for the best screen projects in the country.

Angie and her associate Kate Schmitt, along with five other Victorian contestants, will be pitching their project live to an audience and a panel of judges on 7 July at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).  The panel will include Alan Finney (former Managing Director, Disney and Roadshow), David Redman (Producer, Charlie & Boots, Strange Bedfellows and Salute), Mike Cowap (Development Manager, Screen Australia) and Anna Kaplan (Industry Programs Officer, Film Victoria).

Entrants can pitch anything from TV series and features to shorts, animation and multi-platform content.

Angie and Kate’s White Lady (comedy/drama series), tells the story of Pepper, an Aboriginal former child star. When Pepper arrives back in Australia she struggles to make peace with her family and her past, and tries to avoid being set up for a drug crime after falling for the wrong ‘White Lady’.

Semi-finalists from each state will be flown to Sydney in October to pitch their projects to a panel of film and television executives at the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) Fringe festival.

The winner of the competition will receive free registration for the SPAA Conference 2011, $1,500 cash and a return airfare for one to the Cannes Film Festival.

The evening is a great opportunity to watch how others pitch and to hear the feedback they receive from industry experts.

Short & Sharp Pitching Competition is being held at 7.30pm, 7 July at ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, Melbourne. Tickets cost $10, $8 concession or $5 for Open Channel members. You can purchase tickets online at ACMI. Last year’s event sold out so make sure you get in early to secure your spot.