Announcing ConnecthHER's 1st Annual Call for Pitch Submissions

What: ConnectHER PitchFest

Where: International Women's Day live event - register here

Who: Participants 13 - 30 years old

How: Share your pitch with connecther@connecther.org

Deadline for Pitch Submissions: February 19, 2021

Questions?: Contact filmfest@connecther.org

Participants under 30 years old submit a 90 second video that pitches a film concept/idea that creates awareness or shines a light on solutions to a problem faced by women and girls. Eligible categories: Girl’s Education, Global Health, Economic Independence, Women and the Environment, Women/Girls in Tech, Refugee Crisis, Ending Violence Against Women and Redefining Beauty. Three finalists will be chosen by judges to pitch their concept at ConnectHER’s International Women’s Day virtual event on Monday, March 8. The winner will receive a $2,500 award to commission a film for ConnectHER on their topic and guaranteed distribution networks. The winner will not be eligible to submit their completed film to ConnectHER’s Annual Film Festival.

 

ConnectHER PicthFest FAQ

Q: What are the major requirements for my 90-second “pitch video”?

A: Your pitch should be a 60-90 second video of yourself explaining your idea for a film you wish to make. Present your idea briefly--in just one sentence if possible! Then convince us how you intend to capture the story (your approach, genre, visual style, your main character or the people you plan to interview). You probably won’t have time to tell your whole story. It is helpful, though, to try to capture your character’s journey, any obstacle or conflict, and the emotional impact your film will have. Feel free to get creative and include other visuals or interviews in your pitch, but just a video of you making the pitch is perfectly fine.


Q: What should my film be about?

Your film should be about an issue that impacts women and girls and should fit into one of ConnectHER’s categories:

  • Educating Girls Globally
  • Ending Violence Against Women
  • Global Health for Women
  • Women and Girls in Tech
  • Women and the Environmental
  • Women and Work (economic independence, entrepreneurship and livelihood, gender pay gap, etc.)
  • Women Leaders
  • Refugee Crisis
  • Beauty and Media

Q: How is this different from ConnectHER's Film Festival? Can I submit to both?

A: Yes, This is a completely separate contest with different rules. You can also submit a film to the film festival, although if your film wins this pitchfest, that particular film cannot be submitted to the film festival in any shape or form.


Q: If my pitch wins the pitchfest, how long should my final completed film be?

A: Between 15 and 40 minutes.


Q: Who can apply?

A: You must be between 13 and 30 years old, and no prior film experience is required.


Q: If I’m filming myself speaking, can I speak in my native language or must the film pitch be in English?

A: You can speak in your preferred language, but if your pitch is in a language other than English, please include English subtitles.


Q: Can I edit the 90-second pitch video to make it more professional?

A: Yes, you can edit your pitch video. What we are mainly looking for, though, is a convincing pitch about how you plan to tell your story with impact.


Q: How should I share my 90-second pitch video?

A: Please share your mp4 or .mov file via email on either Dropbox or Google drive by February 19, 2021 at 7pm EST with: connecther@connecther.org


Q: How and when will judges select the finalists and the winner?

A: We will inform you by March 1, 2021 by email and phone if you are a finalist and will be pitching live on March 8, 2021. If you are a finalist, you pitch the judges live via Zoom during our International Women’s Day event on March 8, 2021 at noon. The ConnectHER team will connect with you personally prior to the event to explain how the pitch session will go. After the pitches are made, the judges will select a winner and announce their selection by the end of the webcast.


Q: If I win, when will I receive the funds?

A: Funds will be transferred within 60 days.


Q: Will ConnectHER provide any kind of support other than monetary to the winner?

A: Yes, ConnectHER will provide a mentorship with an experienced film industry professional to support this film project.


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