AACTA Pitch: BITE in Partnership with Monster Pictures, is Australia’s ultimate horror and genre film development initiative focusing on original horror or elevated genre feature film concepts.
Last year’s theme drew on the topical subject of isolation. This year AACTA is pushing the genre even further with the theme BITE. This can be literal; as in a creature feature, monsters, zombies, critters and cannibals or metaphorical, as in to ‘take the bait’. Just so long as the theme resonates strongly with the many ways the word ‘bite’ can be interpreted and used creatively.
“After such a successful competition last year, Monster Pictures is really looking forward to sinking our teeth into this year’s initiative. We’re really proud of the of the success of 2020 and hope that 2021 is serves us up some bigger and tastier projects!” – Grant Hardie | Judge.
The recipient will receive $10,000 in development funds and an Australian theatrical distribution agreement with Monster Pictures Distribution. They will also get two tickets to the 2021 AACTA Awards and 12-month AACTA Professional Memberships, giving them the chance to attend AACTA Events, access to AACTA TV, Award benefits and opportunities to network with some of the biggest names in the Australian screen industry.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) in partnership with Monster Pictures invites writers, directors and writer/director teams to submit original feature film concepts that incorporate the theme of BITE. Keeping in line with the overall spirit of the initiative, the project ideas must work effectively with minimal locations, small casts and lower budgets.
Projects that demonstrate the following are likely to be the most successful:
- New, creative and unique ways to engage audiences.
- Strong characters that resonate with audiences.
- Concise stories demonstrating clear, dramatic tension.
- Ideas that bend genres and break new ground.
AACTA encourages new, emerging or experienced content creators to enter, particularly those from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
Initial entry requirements include: Title, logline, three-minute video pitch, 500 word synopsis and résumé of the writer/s and/or director/s.
Round One entries close at 11:59pm AEST on Monday 4 October 2021.