On Sunday, November 13th, 2011 @ 11 a.m., the Live Finale of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ competition took place at The Royal theatre in Toronto.
Pitching their hearts out, my fellow co-finalists deserve a huge round of applause for their passion, talent, and sheer will to tell their stories. Congrats to Jason Karman, Keith Lock, Chantria Tram, Tricia Collins, and Elaine Poon for putting their hearts on the line… and live onstage!
Each pitch was timed. Six minutes for the pitch. Four minutes for questions from the jury. This year, the Pitch Jury consisted of Lila Karim, Eileen Arandiga, and Nobu Adilman. Keith Cole was MC.
Everyone did an astounding job, and it was clear to all that this year’s finalists were very strong. The jury’s final decision was announced later at the NSI Reception at No One Writes to the Colonel. In the established category, Keith Lock took home the prize for his short film, THE MAGIC CHARM. In the emerging category, LITTLE MISS JIHAD was selected.
I really wished there were more prizes, funding, and support for all these worthy projects. And it is my hope that we all make our films, and have them play at next year’s Reel Asian film festival. I strongly believe that this industry is just too hard not to help each other out. I want every one of this year’s finalists to succeed. I’m confident that they will!