The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) — North America’s leading animation film festival — announces an exciting opportunity for aspiring TV toon creators. Long-time festival partner Corus Entertainment is offering a development deal in addition to Toon Boom software to the winner of the 2016 Pitch THIS! Competition, held as part of The Animation Conference (TAC) industry track this September 21-23.
“As a long-time supporter of independent production and animation, Corus and its animation division, Nelvana, are thrilled to be able to support a project from its infancy and offer guidance during the development process,” says Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana, a division of Corus. “Many great shows evolve from pitch sessions and we’re looking forward to a unique and dynamic project that our Corus Kids and Toon Boom teams can assist in nurturing from the get-go.”
In celebration of OIAF’s 40th anniversary, not only is there a development deal to be had, but the 2016 program has added a mentorship twist as well. This year, 10 pitches will be selected and the creators paired with an industry professional mentor who will help polish their idea.
All 10 concepts will be presented on Sept. 21 during TAC, with each contestant given 10 minutes to impress a small committee of experts. Two pitches will be chosen to present at the official Pitch THIS! event on Sept. 22 to a panel of broadcasters — and the entire TAC audience, including over 300 potential buyers and financiers.
Submissions are open until August 15, 2016. Pitch THIS! proposals should include a project synopsis, including log line and character descriptions; one episode synopsis; concept art; and key creators’ bios. Content should be aimed at kids ages 2-11. No more than two submissions per production company. International pitches welcome!
Submit proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org