Tasmanian Film Director wins top Australian Pitch Competition

Tasmanian film director Rebecca Thomson pitched a musical feature film about zombie lesbians to more than 700 screen producers at the SPAA Conference today and won the Holding Redlich Pitching Competition.  Her prize is return airfares to an international film market of her choice (including Cannes) and $1 500 cash. 

To take out the win at SPAA (a prestigious annual prize for an emerging filmmaker) Rebecca was required to pitch her project three times.  In September, Thomson competed against 9 of Tasmania’s finest new film directors to win the opportunity to represent Wide Angle Tasmania at the national finals.  Presented by Screen Network and held at SPAA Fringe Conference in Sydney in October, 6 state finalists battled it out in a war of words – pitching their ideas for new films to the industry pro’s.  

Along with two other winners, Rebecca was shortlisted to pitch her idea to the 700+ screen producers at the SPAA Conference in Melbourne on November 13.   Pitching against her was 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.  The third pitcher was Kirsty Stark of South Australia with Wastelander Panda, the live action tale of the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  Thomson’s 5 minute pitch was a crowd favourite and with the win under her belt, Thomson will spend the remainder of the conference discussing her project with producers and distributors.

Wide Angle Tasmania’s General Manager Abi Binning is delighted that this initiative between Screen Network (Wide Angle Tasmania, MRC, Metro Screen, QPIX, FTI, Open Channel) and SPAA resulted in the opportunity for Thomson’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.  We engaged David Gurney, acclaimed Producer from Blue Rocket Productions to mentor Rebecca in the lead up to the SPAA Pitch – his knowledge of the industry was critical in helping prepare Rebecca. This win opens up a world of opportunity for Rebecca – she can now take her story internationally to raise funds required to turn this dream into a reality.”

The film carries on the success of her short film Cupcake - produced in Tasmania with no budget in 2010 with local cast and crew, with support from Wide Angle Tasmania.

For more information about Thomson’s short film Cupcake please check out the website here: http://www.zombielesbianmusical.com/

The Zombie Lesbian Musical feature project has a facebook presence here: