The Fayetteville Film Prize
This exciting and unique competition begins with your idea and will culminate in a fun pitch event held at the Fayetteville Film Fest on November 7, 2020, where participants will be given 5 minutes to pitch their best film idea to a panel of judges made up of industry professionals, with the opportunity to receive feedback in a friendly and constructive environment. The winner of the FAYETTEVILLE FILM PRIZE will receive a cash prize of $2000 to enable them to execute their film. You will have 10 months to shoot your film in Northwest Arkansas and the finished film will screen at the Fayetteville Film Fest.
Participants must be available for the PRELIMINARY ROUND of pitches on Saturday, November 7 at 11:30am, and if forwarded for the FINAL ROUND of pitches later that day at 7pm. The winner of the Fayetteville Film Prize will be announced at the Fayetteville Film Fest award ceremony, which will begin at 9:30pm.
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In the meantime, some FAQs:
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER THE COMPETITION?
WHAT SHOULD I PITCH?
Participants should pitch an original idea, one that has a reasonable likelihood of being produced within the budget and time constraints indicated above. As such, short film ideas are strongly encouraged. No adaptations are allowed unless the original idea is your own in another form, i.e. book, play, short story, article, etc. or you are a co-writer, or if you can verify that the source material is in public domain and not protected through any copyright law.
CAN I PITCH WITH A PARTNER?
Yes, you may pitch with your partner/co-writer. You should plan together in advance how you will use your time.
CAN SOMEONE ELSE I KNOW PITCH MY IDEA?
No. Unless they are a co-writer/creator. The idea must be pitched by the generator of the idea who will be executing the idea if the pitch wins the Fayetteville Film Prize.
CAN I BRING VISUAL AIDS OR PROPS OR WEAR A COSTUME?
No props, no theatrics, no screenplays, no teleplays, no business cards, no handouts and no recordings. If you wish to share business cards, please do at a different time, not during the Pitch Session. We thank you for respecting this request. No costumes are allowed.
HOW WILL THE PITCH SESSIONS WORK?
If you are selected for the pitch event, you will be notified and asked to confirm that you accept your pitch slot. You’ll want to arrive early to check in and file your Pitch Release Form. You’ll be invited in to the venue for our structured but relaxed round of pitches for the panel of industry professionals, your fellow pitch finalists and an audience. There will be two rounds of pitches - a preliminary round and a finalist round. Each finalist will be allotted 5 minutes. During that time, you will present your prepared pitch and then be ready to answer any questions and receive feedback from our panel.
HOW WILL THE PITCHES BE JUDGED?
Pitches will be judged on the originality and creativity of the idea as well as the likelihood that the contestant can execute their vision should they win the prize. Some filmmaking experience is a plus. As is a well-defined plan for how you will turn your idea into a finished film. But most important are a creative vision, a unique voice and a compelling story.
WHAT IF SOMEONE STEALS MY IDEA?
Please see below for some legal language on intellectual property and protecting your original ideas. This is a common concern, especially for aspiring filmmakers. But experienced industry professionals have long understood that what makes an idea special is not plot, setting or characters, it’s the unique voice of the creator. Anyone can come up with the same story idea – Armageddon vs Deep Impact, Olympus Has Fallen vs White House Down, The Prestige vs The Illusionist – but only you can tell that story in your voice. We encourage everyone to come together in a spirit of mutual artistic encouragement and share their stories in that same spirit. Someone might indeed be inspired by your idea, but no one can “steal” your unique voice.
RULES AND TERMS
By entering your pitch for consideration of the Fayetteville Film Prize at the event at the 2020 Fayetteville Film Fest, you agree to the terms listed below:
I am submitting original written concepts (“pitch”) with the intent of exposure and submission to a panel of industry professionals provided by the Fayetteville Film Fest. I understand that only original and unique expressions of a story/concept may be protected under intellectual property (IP) law. I acknowledge that I have requested permission to disclose and submit to FFF, and its jury certain details that may or may not be protected under such laws, and that it is my own responsibility to seek protection prior to exposure of my pitch by registering those materials with the Writers Guild of America (www.wga.org).
I understand that within the creative community of the entertainment industry it is common for similar stories or concepts to be created by multiple entities unknowingly, without collaboration between them. I understand and hold harmless of liability FFF and its jury for any prior or subsequent collaborations or productions involving similar stories or concepts unrelated to my disclosure of my pitch and participation in the event.
I understand and agree that the FFF retains the right to publicize and promote any success I gain through the option, sale, development, acquisition or any deal either formal or informal as a result of my participation in the Event.