This year, pioneer filmmaker Julie Dash will head the 19th annual Telefilm Canada’s Pitch This! Competition at the Toronto International Film Festival.  She will helm the competition alongside producer Cassian Elwes, Elizabeth Karlsen, and director William Oldroyd.

Vying for a prize of $15,000, six teams will have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury of development and production experts. The most original and compelling story will be awarded the prize, along with an opportunity to develop the project.

If interested in this opportunity, please apply HERE.

Julie Dash is a director, writer and producer whose rich body of work dates back to her early films of the seventies. Her 1991 feature Daughters of the Dust became the first full-length film directed by an African-American woman to obtain general theatrical release in the United States. She has also worked in television since the late 90’s, on projects such as Funny Valentines, Incognito, Love Song,The Rosa Parks Story, and Brothers of the Borderland. In 2017, Dash joined the roster of female directors working on the second season of Ava DuVernay’s series Queen Sugar.