Queer Screen Pitch Off
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Queer Screen Pitch Off

Sun Sep 22 2:30 PM
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Event Cinemas Set Bar
General Admission
All Ages
120 Mins
Queer Screen is thrilled for the return of Pitch Off! Seven filmmakers will spruik their film proposal to a panel of expert assessors, competing for a chance to win $10,000 to produce their short film. Pitch Off is another example of our ongoing commitment to showcase quality LGBTIQ film content and provide a chance for emerging filmmakers to share the diversity of our community’s stories on screen.

Entry is free, but seats are limited so please book in below.

Queer Screen Pitch Off Finalists 2019

Call History
Lillian Paterson (Writer/Director)
Rachel Argall (Producer)

Tormented by the guilt of a new relationship, a young woman reaches out to the person she loves most in the world but when she calls no one answers.

Ramon Watkins (Writer/Director)
Brian Ho (Producer)

When their Grindr three-way is interrupted by their best friend going into premature labour, a gay couple are forced to reconcile their lifestyle with their new role as dads.

Matthew Dabner (Writer/Producer)
Christopher Cosgrove (Director)

When Kevin, a nerdy young gay man, is offered a magic pill that transforms him into an adonis, he sets out to land Rufus - the super-hot boyfriend of his dreams.

How to be Gay
Clare Cavanagh (Writer, Lead Actor)
Monica Zanetti (Director)
Alexandra Morgan (Producer)

When Naomi realises she is queer at 23, she has to squeeze all her sexual adolescence into one year in order to stay on the life-schedule she has set for herself.

Party With The Aspie
Craig Boreham (Director/Co-Writer)
Kyle Goldfinch (Co-Writer)
Annmaree Bell (Producer)

Nate is twenty-three years old, living with Asperger’s Syndrome and discovering the horrors of the brutal gay dating scene in Sydney.

William Duan (Writer/Director)
Christina Radburn (Producer)

A boy tries to reconcile his burgeoning queer identity with his filial duties and expectations from his Chinese immigrant mother.

Wedding Day 
Melissa Anastasi (Writer/Director/Co-Producer)

Mona helps prepare Leila for her wedding – it will be the last morning the two lovers will ever spend together.

Queer Screen Pitch Off Finalist Judges

Courtney Gibson has a background in TV production and commissioning, Courtney has performed roles including Chief Executive of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), CEO of Screen NSW, Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Southern Star and Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV.

Francisco Lopez is an actor who was born in El Salvador, Central America, and migrated to Melbourne with his family at age seven. He studied at both the 16th Street Actors Studio and NIDA and has been seen on stage at the Seymour Centre, New Theatre and Eternity Playhouse and on screen most recently in the ABC's Harrow. In 2018 he founded Well Well Well Productions a performing arts production house.

Ian Thomson is a freelance writer/director and creative & brand consultant for advertising, online, film, television and theatre. His award-winning documentaries Out in the Line-Up (MGFF14) and Becoming Colleen (MGFF19) both won the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Laurie Lynd is a film and television writer/director based in Toronto, Canada. Killing Patient Zero, Lynd’s first feature documentary, was a Special Presentation at the 2019 Hot Docs Film Festival and screens on September 21 as part of Queer Screen Film Fest. Lynd’s second narrative feature Breakfast With Scot starring Tom Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman premiered at TIFF, and won Audience Favourite Awards at dozens of film festivals all over the world.

Rachel Aneta Wills is an actor and producer from New Zealand and has acted in various television shows, web series’, films and TV commercials. She is the producer of romantic comedy, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story which is based on her true, early beginnings in love with her wife, and SBD writer/director, Nikki Si’ulepa. Same But Different's Australian Premiere is on September 20 as part of Queer Screen Film Fest.


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