Ryan Fitzgerald Wins the Rogers and Manitoba Film & Music $15,000 Pitch!

Jul 26, 2010 | Corporate Member News

Jurors Louise O'Brien-Moran, David Christensen and Dwight Iwan (left to right) present Ryan FitzGerald (second to left) his over-sized cheque as host Evan Campbell (far right) says a few words.

On Screen Manitoba would like to congratulate Ryan FitzGerald (President & CEO of Rogue Nation Studios) who walked away with an oversized novelty cheque at the 2010 Rogers and Manitoba Film & Music $15,000 Pitch. FitzGerald was one of eight finalists, selected from 47 applicants to participate in the event this past Saturday during the 2010 Gimli Film Festival.

In a live pitch environment, participants had 3 minutes to pitch their project to a panel of broadcaster executives and a packed house at the Gimli Theatre. Following each pitch the panel had 7 minutes to offer feedback and to ask questions. After all pitches were completed the panel deliberated and FitzGerald walked away the winner of the $15,000 development prize!

The judges found all the pitches to be engaging, but FitzGerald’s project was something new.

“His idea for what he wanted to do is really forward looking, unique, and has elements of it that remain to be explored, so that $15,000 is going to go a long way to helping Ryan conceptualize his project,” said juror David Christensen, Executive Producer, National Film Board of Canada. “It’s on the cutting edge of something here and I think Ryan has enough experience to carry this off.”

The winning project, Bloom, is “a series of webisodes supposedly uploaded by a domestic war correspondent chronicling the plight of American refugee camps enduring a forced march northward along the choked highways of dead infrastructure. The story of our unlikely heroes and villains is augmented by web and mobile content revealing layers of backstory, political machinations, immigration policies gone awry and one soul helping another declared the metric unit of charity”.

Congratulations to the other seven finalists who also presented their amazing pitches:

Fat Man Dancing – John B. Lowe
Indie Game – The Movie – James Swirsky & Lisanne Pajot
Legend of Francis the Pig – Clinton Skibitzky
Mr. Writer – Nicholas Friesen & Kaeleigh Ayre
Not Dead Yet – Sarah Constible, Tricia Cooper & Gordon Tanner
Silverback – Dan Licoppe & Dan Walechuk
The Giant Remains – John Gregory Sturko

On Screen Manitoba’s Board of Directors and membership thank Rogers and Manitoba Film & Music for the generous prize they provided for the 2010 Rogers and Manitoba Film & Music Pitch. Manitoba screen-based media community values the support of our industry partners and we look forward to working together again! We would also like to thank the Gimli Film Festival for their wonderful support/partnership and to all the applicants who submitted for the competition.

For more information contact:

Megan Deaust
Marketing & Membership Manager
On Screen Manitoba
Phone: 204.927.5898
Fax: 204.943.4007
[email protected]

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