Pitching Opportunities

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CTV Canadian Documart
Guidelines for 2007

The world can’t get enough documentaries. Once again, CTV Inc. is sponsoring the CTV Canadian Documart and has generously donated $60,000 in development funding to be awarded to the top three pitches: $30,000 for first place, $20,000 for second place and $10,000 for third.

Please note: Project eligibility is limited to popular, mainstream hour-long or feature documentaries with strong viewer appeal. Series are not eligible.

To apply to pitch at the CTV Canadian Documart, complete and submit the official online Call for Submissions form by clicking here. A jury of industry experts will review all submissions and select six finalists.

The six finalists will each have a total of ten minutes to present their projects to an assembly of Canadian and international commissioning editors: three minutes for the 'pitch' followed by seven minutes of questions. After all six have been grilled in this 'bear pit' session, the decision-makers will cast their ballots, the results will be tabulated and the winners declared.

  1. Project eligibility is limited to audience oriented, popular, mainstream hour-long or feature documentaries which are at an initial stage of development. Preference will be given to those projects which are not yet in development.
  2. Preference will be given to those projects that will have a majority Canadian partner. The pitching competition is open to:
    1. Canadian independent producers, or
    2. international independent producers who have a Canadian partner.
  3. All projects pitched must be eligible to qualify as Canadian content under:
    1. prevailing Government of Canada regulations, or
    2. international co-production treaties.
  1. In the event that any of the winning programs are produced but
    1. do not qualify as Canadian content, or
    2. are not produced under a Canadian international co-production treaty, the development monies will be repayable, without interest, prior to first telecast. These monies will go back into the pool of prizes to be awarded in the future. If the project goes forward and meets the Canadian test, then the prize money is a donation with no other strings attached.
  2. All short-listed finalists must be prepared to pitch their projects in person and must be registered at BWTVF 2007 for the relevant days.
  3. Finalists must be prepared to sign the attached agreement with the Banff Television Festival.
  4. Only applications using the official CTV Canadian Documart Call for Submissions online form will be considered; please do not send additional outlines, treatments or other details. If submitting more than one project, use separate forms for each project.
  5. No telephone enquiries please; applicants whose projects are short-listed will be contacted directly and asked to submit additional information.

Key Dates:

Monday, April 23, 2007
Deadline for Entry

Short-listed finalists notified and list of selected projects posted at the BANFF 2006 Web site

June 10-13, 2007
Banff World Television Festival

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
CTV Canadian Documart

The CTV Canadian Documart has been adapted with permission from the Australian Documart format pioneered by the Australian International Documentary Conference.

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