2020 Dates TBC, Call for Entries to Follow
Call for entries (ARCHIVE):
Pitch THIS! is TAC's signature opportunity to show off your new project! TEN pitches will be selected and the creators paired with an industry mentor who will help them develop their idea.
All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday September 26th for final selection during TAC, where two lucky finalists will be selected to take the stage and compete for the coveted grand prize at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 27th. The finalists will be pitching to a panel of broadcasters and the entire TAC audience, which includes over 300 potential buyers and financiers within the industry.
The winner will be awarded an invaluable grand prize including:
• Cash Prize
• Toon Boom Animation Software licenses for Harmony and Storybook Pro, plus training!
• Entertainment Legal Services from Edwards PC, Creative Law
Entering Pitch THIS!
• Open to Canadian and International submissions
• Maximum of 2 submissions will be accepted per production company
• Pitched series should be aimed at children ages 2—11
• New extended deadline for Pitch This! submissions is August 31st, 2018, 5pm EST
Proposals should include:
• Project synopsis, including log line and character descriptions
• At least one episode synopsis
• Concept art
• Bios of key creators
Send your Pitch THIS! proposals to: tac[at]animationfestival.ca
NOTE: Full TAC passes are available to selected participants at a 50% discount. Selected participants will be admitted ONLY to the two Pitch THIS! related events without passes.
Speed pitching sessions for animation content creators.
If you plan to pitch a project, find the perfect production company for your ideas, and establish important relations, Fast Track will get you there.
Fast Track gives you one shot to meet with each of your targets in 12-minute long “speed pitching” meetings.
Fast Track’s line-up consists of producers, broadcasters, and distributors from around the globe! These executives come from a wide range of production interests and expectations and will be looking for features, shorts, and TV series. Target audiences range from preschool to adult content; gender specific/gender neutral needs; and styles ranging from visually driven to dialogue driven.
Fast Track is exclusively for fully registered TAC passholders.
New in 2018, TAC PASSHOLDERS MUST COMPLETE THIS BRIEF PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE that will be used to determine eligibility for Fast Track. Once you’ve demonstrated that you have a project to pitch, you will be given access to Fast Track registration, which will begin AUGUST 28/18. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register for TAC soon!
Before registration opens, please be sure to carefully read each VIP’s profile/questionnaire responses explaining what they are looking for. For example, if you are pitching a show geared toward a mature demographic, a broadcaster seeking preschool content will not be appropriate for you. Choosing carefully in advance, and being selective about who you pitch to, ensures that your meetings will be productive and as successful as possible.
Fast Track Executives
Mounia Aram, Managing Director / CoFounder, Happy Family Entertainment
Stephanie Betts, SVP Development and Current Series, DHX Media
Sam Chou, Creative Director of Development, Kickstart Entertainment
Pete Denomme, CEO & Executive Producer, Switch Entertainment
Hugues Dufour, Production Executive, YTV
Aron Dunn, President, Treason Media
Tatiana Kober, President, Bejuba! Entertainment
Brandon Lane, Production Executive, Teletoon
Cat McCormick, Development Executive, Portfolio Entertainment
Roddy McManus, Executive Producer, KidsCave Entertainment
Cory Morrison, Executive Vice President of Development, Big Jump Productions
Brenda Nietupski, President / Executive Producer, Little Tugboat Inc.
Stella Noh, General Manager, SK Broadband
Linda O'Shaughnessy, Manager of Acquisitions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Dave Padbury, Development Coordinator, Guru Studio
Todd Ramsay, COO / Partner, Yeti Farm Creative
Coral Schoug, Producer, Kids and Family, Sonor Entertainment
Eric Steinhart, Coordinator, Creative Affairs, Entertainment One Family and Brands
Valerie Tannier, Senior Manager, Original Content and Programming/Youth Programming, Radio-Canada
François Trudel, Vice President of International Affairs, Groupe PVP
Rodney Uhler, Director of Special Projects, GKIDS
Jessica Watson, Director, Global Sales and Acquisition, Boat Rocker Media
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
David Wollos, Consultant, TheThinkTank Emporium