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BravoFACT Partners with WIFT-AT and Victoria Film Festival on New Pitch Contests

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Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today exciting new partnerships with Women In Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT) and the Victoria Film Festival (VFF) to launch pitch contests in 2015. In its continued quest to shine a spotlight on Canadian filmmakers, BravoFACT has committed $35,000 to both WIFT-AT and VFF to be granted to the talented finalists of their respective pitch contests.

WIFT-ATLANTIC is a non-profit professional association that advances the careers of women working in film, television and screen based media in Atlantic Canada. The organization aims to grow, enable and leverage the skills, talents and potential of members. Launching at the 5th anniversary of the WIFT-AT: Women Making Waves conference, the BravoFACT WIFT-AT Pitch Contest welcomes interested WIFT-AT members to submit their short film pitch for a chance to win the $35,000 award. Submissions are to be received no later than Friday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. ET.   

Since 1995, the Victoria Film Festival has been the largest and longest running festival on Vancouver Island. The Festival focuses on independent, local and global film programming, as well as the industry-specific Springboard session, which takes place opening weekend. Launching at the 2015 Victoria Film Festival in February, the inaugural BravoFACT VFF Pitch Contest welcomes interested participants to submit their short film pitch no later than Friday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. ET, for the chance to win the $35,000 award.   

“There is no doubt that there is incredible undiscovered talent in Canada with unique and exciting ideas for television and film”, said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With these partnerships BravoFACT continues with its mandate of shining a spotlight on Canada’s developing filmmakers.”

“One of the goals for WIFT-AT is to generate industry opportunities for our members to create content for the screen,” said Jan Miller, Founding Chair of WIFT-Atlantic. “This is a remarkable opportunity that BravoFACT is offering WIFT-AT members from all four Atlantic provinces”,

“It has been the mandate of the Victoria Film Festival to encourage and support visual storytelling, said Victoria Film Festival Director, Kathy Kay. “We look forward to making a commitment to a new filmmaker whose voice needs to be heard. Having a $35,000 prize offered by BravoFACT to make a short film is a great opportunity for BC filmmakers.”

Beginning today, qualified applicants can issue their submissions for either pitch contest to Rachel.feldbloomwood@bellmedia.ca. The winners of each contest must comply with the standard BravoFACT agreement.

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