Tasmanian Film Director wins the National Pitch Competition

Tasmanian film director Rebecca Thomson pitched a feature length version of her zombie lesbian musical Cupcake to win at the National Pitch Competition on the weekend.  Rebecca was Wide Angle Tasmania’s representative at the film pitching competition, which was the result of a nationwide search for the best projects in the country. Held at SPAA Fringe at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival in Sydney, 6 state finalists battled it out in a war of words – pitching their ideas for new films to the industry pro’s.

Rebecca’s 3 minute pitch was a crowd-favourite – she played a showreel from her short film Cupcake, which has already won numerous awards including, Best Short at the 21st Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in New York in 2011.  

Along with two other winners, Rebecca will now be flown to Melbourne to pitch her idea to the 700+ screen producers at the SPAA Conference in November, with the ultimate champion winning a trip to the Cannes film market with $1,500 in cash. 

Wide Angle Tasmania’s General Manager Abi Binning is delighted that the initiative between Wide Angle Tasmania, our sister organisations around the country (MRC, Metro Screen , QPIX, FTI, Open Channel) and SPAA has resulted in this opportunity for Rebecca’s project to be taken to the market.  “The ability to pitch is a vital skill for all filmmakers as they seek to attract support for their project.  This win opens up a world of opportunity for Rebecca – taking her story to more than 700 screen producers.”

Pitching against her in November will be NSW representative Monica Davidson - her proposed documentary project Handbag, a hilarious and heartwarming journey that spans four generations and shows the unique friendship between gay men and straight women.

Also pitching will be Kirsty Stark of South Australia with Wastelander Panda, the live action tale of the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Wide Angle Tasmania wishes Rebecca the best of luck with both her pitch and the opportunity that attending SPAA provides.  Part of her prize is inclusion in the SPAA Emerging Producer Scheme – a selective entry scheme that provides mentoring from established producers in the lead up to and during the Conference.  This will greatly assist Rebecca to gain the skills required to attract the funds to make her lesbian zombie musical feature film a reality.

The Holding Redlich Pitching Competition will take place at the Screen Producers Association of Australia Conference in Melbourne, 12:15pm on Tuesday, 13 November.