First Cut Pitch 2016 Open For Applications

Posted: 21st March 2016

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is looking for five new directors the chance to pitch at Sheffeld Doc/Fest with one winner receiving a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60 minute film.

The Prize:

The successful director will receive the following:

  • A 1 x 60’ First Cut commission offer in 2016 /17
  • One month fully-paid development and mentorship with an indie (£5,000 development cash) to further develop either your own idea OR the indie’s, paid for by the Channel 4 Alpha Fund which supports new talent and Creative Diversity.
  • One week’s NFTS training (plus wages for that week) paid for by the Channel 4 Alpha Fund which supports new talent and Creative Diversity.

The Pitch:

Five shortlisted directors will vie to prove that they are ready to take on the challenge of an hour-long, post watershed doc for Channel 4 by presenting a 3 minute documentary film that answers an editorial brief set by Channel 4 for this event. These short docs will be a unique opportunity for the directors to showcase their ability to tell a captivating factual story, find and develop great contributors and work effectively in an edit.
Each director will introduce, show and discuss their films in front of the audience and a panel of executive producers, established directors and Rita Daniels, Commissioning Editor for First Cut. Together they will decide – in front of the Sheffield audience - who they think is the most promising director and award the prize at the end of the pitch event.

In the interests of fairness, Channel 4 will support each shortlisted director with a £500 production budget and one day with an editor at a post-house of Channel 4’s choosing to polish their films. The brief will be announced along with the finalists on Friday 1st April 2016.

The Entry Process:

Applicants will need to submit an up to date CV, answer three questions about their career and their documentary influences and passions and, finally, pitch a fantasy First Cut doc.

The aim of this stage is to understand where applicants are in their career, get a better sense of their documentary sensibilities and assess their understanding of what a Channel 4, post watershed documentary might look and feel like. 

Applicants for the Channel 4 Sheffield Pitch must be available to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest , 10th -15th June 2016. If you cannot make this commitment you are not eligible to enter the pitch competition.

All five finalists will be given a day delegates pass to the festival and up to £50 towards travel. 

Deadline: 27 March 2016

For further details about the pitch as well as all the application details please see the Channel 4 website

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