The Pitch Competition takes place during the Minnesota Film Festival (MFF) April 3-7, 2024 in person at the Zeitgeist Arts Center in Duluth, MN.

Call for entries open June 23, 2023!

In this annual pitch competition filmmakers from across the Midwest have ten minutes to pitch their next film production for financial support. Participants present their concepts or works in progress to a panel of judges composed of filmmakers and industry professionals, who will offer constructive feedback to all participants.

Pitch competition finalists will receive accommodations and all access passes to the 2024 Minnesota Film Festival. There will be 10 finalists total, 2 finalists chosen from each category listed below. Selected projects will have 20 minutes on stage (10 minutes to pitch and 10 minutes for feedback).

*** If you are selected you must be able to attend the festival in person.***

Selected participants must provide a full budget.

Short Film Pitch:
Open to filmmakers residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio. Any genre. The pitch must be for a film with an intended length of under 40 minutes.

Feature Narrative Pitch:
Open to filmmakers residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio. The pitch must be for a fiction film with an intended length of over 60 minutes.

Feature Documentary Pitch:
Open to filmmakers residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio. The pitch must be for a non-fiction film with an intended length of over 60 minutes.

Local Filmmaker Pitch:
Open to filmmakers who are residents of Minnesota. This can be any genre, any length.

Indigenous Filmmaker Pitch:
Open to Indigenous filmmakers who are tribal citizens or tribal descendants. The project can be any genre, any length.

Grants:

Short Film Pitch - First Prize $1000, Runner Up $500

Feature Narrative Pitch - First Prize $3000, Runner Up $500

Feature Documentary Pitch - First Prize $3000, Runner Up $500

Local Filmmaker Pitch - First Prize $3000, Runner Up $500

Indigenous Filmmaker Pitch - First Prize $3000, Runner Up $500

Application Information:

Working Title

Logline (75 word max)

Project Description (250 word max)

Synopsis/treatment (500 word max)

Project status (250 word max)

Funding status (250 word max)

Distribution & marketing plan (250 word max)

Name & contact info with bio (175 word max each) for up to 2 pitch members

Link to video sample (6 minutes max)

Eligibility:

Short Film Pitch, Narrative Feature Pitch and Documentary Feature Pitch are open to filmmakers residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio.

Indigenous Filmmaker Pitch:
Open to Indigenous filmmakers who are tribal citizens or tribal descendents of the Bois Forte—Anishinaabe, Fond du Lac—Anishinaabe, Grand Portage—Anishinaabe, Leech Lake—Anishinaabe, Mille Lacs—Anishinaabe, Red Lake—Anishinaabe, White Earth—Anishinaabe, Lower Sioux—Dakota, Prairie Island—Dakota, Shakopee—Dakota, Upper Sioux—Dakota.

Local Filmmaker Pitch:
Open to filmmakers who are residents of Minnesota.

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  • I participated in the Pitch Competition in 2023 and received some great feedback from the judges as well as some wonderful conversations from other filmmakers who were watching the pitches. My filmmaker badge not only got me into every screening, but I also got to attend each event, like the mixer, filmmaker brunch, and the awards ceremony. Highly recommend submitting your pitch for next year's festival!

    April 2023
  • Jacob White

    This was a FANTASTIC first ever film festival organized by some wonderful, down to earth people! The event was well attended by movie lovers and industry professionals. It was a great opportunity for networking, sharing stories and getting to know other filmmakers working in the upper midwest. I'm so proud of what the organizers were able to accomplish in their first year, and I can't wait to continue participating in future NorthxNorth Festivals!

    May 2022