On Screen Manitoba (OSM) would like to congratulate Quinn Greene whose project Brad Even Paler was selected as the winner of the 2011 Rogers $10,000 Pitch! during the 2011 Gimli Film Festival.
In a live pitch environment, participants had 3 minutes to pitch their project to a panel of industry professionals and a packed house at the Gimli Theatre. Following each pitch the panel had 4 minutes to offer feedback and to ask questions. After all pitches were completed the panel deliberated and Quinn Greene walked away the winner of the $10,000 development deal with Rogers!
“I feel amazing, it was a lot of hard work to get here, I can’t even describe it. It’s amazing! I’m so excited to start working!” said Greene moments after winning the giant cheque.
Brad Even Paler is a six episode comedic horror web series about Bradley Tepid, an agoraphobic geek who lives a simple life of avoiding responsibility and beating his own Mario Brothers High Scores – until an accident leaves him with a rare disease of Vampirism. Not only is Brad still the same lazy, sickly loser he always was, now he’ll stay that way FOREVER! Brad Even Paler – where being a vampire really sucks!
“During On Screen Manitoba’s industry sessions at the Gimli Film Festival we have been exploring new trends in production. I think it’s exciting that a web series won the development deal with Rogers”, noted Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of OSM.
The judges were impressed by all of the pitches, but something about Greene’s pitch stood out.
“It was a difficult decision. The pool of talent was big and there were other projects with potential that we could have chosen. In this case, the pitch was strong, the material was strong, it was well contained – the character and story was well suited to the medium that he was writing for”, said juror Deborah Wilton of Telefilm Canada.
“It was another incredible display of local talent,” stated juror Dwight Iwan of Citytv.
Congratulations to the other seven finalists who also presented their pitches:
- Arranged – Hersh Seth
- Art School Warrior – John B. Lowe
- Dances With Daughter – Carson Nattrass
- Legacies – Adam Bumbolo, David Evans
- Man In The Trunk – Benjamin Aytona, Aaron Graham, Adam Smoluk
- Sketchy – Shannon Guile, Jane Testar, Garth Merkeley, Ryan Miller, Jacqueline Loewen
- Small Balls – John B. Lowe
On Screen Manitoba’s Board of Directors and membership thank Rogers for the generous prize they provided for the 2011 Rogers $10,000 Pitch!. Manitoba’s screen-based media community values their support and looks forward to continued partnership.
OSM also thanks Manitoba Film & Music for supporting coaching sessions for the eight finalists. Their contribution is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to the Gimli Film Festival, the Gimli Theatre and our jurors for their collaboration and to all those who applied for the competition.
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About On Screen Manitoba:
On Screen Manitoba is an innovative non-profit, membership-driven association that leads, builds and represents Manitoba’s screen-based media industry. Our association has grown and evolved over its 22 years into a vital force in the industry. We lead our community in setting common goals and in building a stronger industry. Our membership represents the full spectrum of individuals and organizations (production companies, labour groups, distributors, broadcasters, suppliers and supporting organizations) that make up the screen-based media industry in Manitoba. On Screen Manitoba membership totals nearly 300 but reaches more than 1,500 individuals.
To find out more about On Screen Manitoba visit its website here.