BravoFACT Partners with the Toronto LGBT Film Festival for Film Pitch Competition
— February 29, 2016
– BravoFACT contributing $50,000 for pitch contest winner –
– Next BravoFACT submission deadline is May 26 –
TORONTO (February 29, 2016) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today it has partnered with Inside Out, presenter of the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival, for the inaugural Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition.
Taking place Sunday, June 5 during the 2016 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 26 to June 5), five Canadian filmmaking teams will be given the opportunity to pitch their short to a live audience and a jury of industry experts for the chance to receive funding for their short film. At the event, BravoFACT will award a grand prize of $50,000. The winning team also receives the opportunity to premiere their film at the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival and receive two festival passes.
“Inside Out and the Toronto LGBT Film Festival are important voices in the industry, and BravoFACT is thrilled to amplify their message,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to this partnership, and to the creative pitches that we will receive.”
“After celebrating 25 years of Inside Out in 2015, nothing feels more appropriate than kicking off 2016 with the introduction of the Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition,” said Andrew Murphy, Inside Out’s Director of Programming. “The competition continues Inside Out’s commitment to challenging attitudes and changing lives, to provide opportunities for Canadian LGBT filmmakers to reflect on our communities and share their stories with us all.”
Beginning today, candidates can visit www.insideout.ca/initiatives/bravofact-pitch-competitionto apply. The deadline to submit is Friday, April 1. The five teams selected to pitch their short at the competition will be notified on Monday, May 2. Applicants are also welcome to submit the same pitch for a BravoFACT award but note winners are not eligible for double funding. Deadline to submit to BravoFACT is May 26. For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.
About Inside Out
Inside Out presents the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival, with financial support from Presenting Sponsor, RBC Royal Bank and Premier Sponsor, CTV. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada, showcasing the best and most diverse films by, for and of interest to LGBT communities. For 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of more than 32,500 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that showcase more than 175 films from Canada and around the world. For information visit InsideOut.ca.
Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. bravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at www.bravofact.com.In September 2013, Bravo introduced BravoFACTUAL awards to be granted by the BravoFACT(Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) jury for the production of short form documentary projects. Selected projects are eligible to apply for up to a maximum $50,000 in production funding. Following the same mandate as for scripted BravoFACT shorts, BravoFACTUAL projects will reflect themes, large and small, produced by directors and producers from across Canada.