By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2011 at 7:46AM
American Express's My Movie Pitch presented its first contest winner's short film at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. John Nash's pitch idea (chosen from over 2,000 entries) was adapted into a screenplay and short film -- Mr. Stash -- directed by Jac Schaeffer and starring Amy Smart and Rich Sommer.
My Movie Pitch will continue with a second contest, again promoting a storyteller's unique movie idea into an indie short to premiere at Tribeca 2012.
"Winning the My Movie Pitch contest was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It's difficult to express how great the experience was as a whole, but I am so thankful for the film cast and crew and everyone at American Express and the Tribeca Film Festival who has helped bring Mr. Stache to life.”
Here's more on year two of the competition:
In 2011, My Movie Pitch will introduce new and unique elements, including an “inspiration generator” which aims to assist contestants in the ideation process, as well as the “:60 Film School,” which features Tribeca Film directors who provide visitors with a crash course in storytelling. The Film School will also share the Tribeca Film directors personal tools and tips on the art of pitching via one-minute long instructional videos, all which will be available atwww.amexfilm.com.
New prizes for this year’s contestants includes a Filmmaker or Film-lover prize package for the top 10 finalists who will get to choose from an HD camera and home editing suite or the ultimate home theater setup. Additionally, the top 100 pitches will each receive a $50 American Express Gift Card.
An esteemed panel of Tribeca Film Directors including Philip Gelatt (The Bleeding House), Massy Tadjedin (Last Night), and David M. Rosenthal (Janie Jones) will select the Grand Prize Winner, who, like Nash, will have his or her pitch made into a short film by a Tribeca Film Director. The winner will receive a trip for two to New York City and VIP access to see the short film debut at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
“My Movie Pitch was such a great experience for American Express, our Cardmembers and the film industry this past year, that we are proud to bring it back for a second year,” said Jessica Igoe, Vice President of Global Sponsorship Marketing, American Express. “Our community is really passionate about independent film and this is really a unique way to connect them closer to art of storytelling through film.”
My Movie Pitch Competition Calendar
Everybody has a film idea, a story made for the movies, and American Express wants to hear it. Whether it’s funny or tragic, romantic or sci-fi, cinéma vérité or surreal, the My Movie Pitch competition provides the chance for all film enthusiasts to participate in a one-of-a kind competition.
· Pitch Your Movie: From April 20 to May 25, 2011 storytellers everywhere can upload their 60-second movie pitch at www.amexfilm.com.
· Vote for the Best: From May 26 to June 22, 2011, film fans are encouraged to visit www.amexfilm.com and weigh in on the selection process by rating pitches with a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” The public vote will be calculated into the finalist selection as the judges help determine the top picks.
· The Judges Weigh In: From June 22 to July 8, 2011, American Express’ panel of Tribeca Film directors will judge entries based on creativity/originality of the movie pitch, creativity/originality of the delivery of the movie pitch, popular vote and overall box office potential.
The Final Cut: Grand Prize Winner Selection
In mid-July, the panel of Tribeca Film judges will select the grand prize winner, who will receive a trip for two to New York City to attend the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival as a VIP and see their story brought to life on the big screen.
To see behind-the-scenes content from the making of Mr. Stache as well as the finished product of the 2010 winning submission, and learn more about My Move Pitch and American Express’ continuing support of independent cinema and Tribeca Film, visit www.amexfilm.com.
Terms and Conditions
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and DC, who are the age of majority in their state of residence (19 in NE and AL, 21 in MS and 18 years of age or older everywhere else) at the time of entry, and have a YouTube account. YouTube accounts are free. Entries will be accepted between April 20, 2011 at 9:00:00 AM ET and May 25, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET. The top 100 pitches will receive a $50 American Express Gift Card and the top 10 finalists will get to choose from an HD camera and home editing suite or the ultimate home theater setup. ARV: $3,500.00 each; Grand Prize: A trip for two (2) to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. ARV: $4,285.00. See Official Rules, which govern, for complete details, including submission requirements, use of entries, judging criteria and procedures, and prize details. Official Rules are available atwww.youtube.com/americanexpressfilm. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., American Express Tower, World Financial Center, New York, New York 10285. Tribeca Enterprises LLC (including its subsidiaries and affiliated companies) is not responsible for the collection, submission or processing of entries, the administration of this Contest or the selection of winners. YouTube is not a sponsor of or in any way affiliated with this Contest.
[Picture: Mr. Stache stars Amy Smart and Rich Sommer with director Jac Schaeffer - credit: Simon Russell]