submit to pitch sessions for a chance at $250,000 to fund your feature film.

We’re delighted to launch “Pitch Sessions”, in partnership with Telefilm + Raven Banner, an industry developmental program designed to help filmmakers seeking funding for their first feature films.

what can you win?

The top 5 teams will receive 3 nights accommodation + all access passes to the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival, where they will pitch in-person Friday November 17th.

The winning team will be announced at our award ceremony Sunday November 19th and become our Telefilm Talent To Watch nominee for the opportunity to receive $250,000 in funding towards their first feature film.

Get coaching from industry professionals and have your pitches developed for the best chance of success.

Submissions close August 31st.
submit to pitch sessions

the process

  • 1) Submit your pitch deck - (August 31st Deadline)

    Director's Vision,
    Video Pitch (1-2 minutes max)
    $25 entry fee

    submit via the button above. fill out the form + ensure all your pitch deck is complete.
  • 2) Submission review stage

    Our panel of industry Professionals will use their many years of experience to select 5 teams to go to the next round. All judges are externally sourced  and currently working for top Canadian distribution companies. each judge is looking solely for the best pitch, no matter the genre or project.
  • 3) top 5 teams selected - (september 30th notification)

    The top 5 teams will be notified by september 30th. each finalist will receive virtual coaching in the lead up to the festival to help refine their pitch decks. (virtual coaching times to be determined - around the first week of november).

    each top 5 team will receive:

    3 nights accommodation (1 double suite room 17-19th november)
    2 x all access passes to the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival
  • 4) in-person pitch competition - (friday november 17th)

    the top 5 teams take turns to pitch in-person to our industry judges on the opening day of the film festival,
    friday november 17th.

    there will be 5 - 10 minutes allocated to pitch. then 5 - 10 minutes for feedback + questions.
  • 5) winning pitch annouced - (sunday november 19th)

    The winning project is announced at our closing award ceremony Sunday November 19.

    The winner will receive:

    a physical award.
    additional virtual coaching to help further refine their pitch.
    will become our Telefilm Talent To Watch nominee for a chance at $250,000 in funding.

    the Telefilm Talent To Watch industry stream is one of the most exclusive and difficult streams to be put forward for, as partner organizations are only allowed to put forward one nominee per year. It is also one of the streams with the highest success rate in funding.

    the winning team must submit their pitch to telefilm by the telefilm april 30th 2024 deadline.

general eligibility criteria

The Producers, Directors and Screenwriters are considered as the key members of the creative team.

To be eligible, all the key members of the creative team must:

a) be Canadian citizens, within the definition of the Citizenship Act, or permanent residents within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction);

b) be emerging talent, i.e.: - they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least a:  

short film (a film of 30 minutes or less);  
web production;  
television content;  
music videos;
Or equivalent experience in the screen-based industry.

AND - they must not have previously held the same key position on a feature film .

To be eligible the top 5 teams must be present to pitch on Friday November 17th + be present at the Sunday November 19th award ceremony.