So You Think You Can Pitch? 2021

Pitch is back! Bring your best film ideas to this year’s revamped So You Think You Can Pitch? Competition.

We’re looking for submissions of short film ideas by emerging filmmakers and are open to all great film ideas, whether dramatic, documentary, musical or experimental.  

A shortlist of 4-5 finalists will advance to the Pitch Competition Finale, hosted during the 25th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and the winning team will walk away with our amazing prize package to kick-start and/or finish their short film, including a cash award, in-kind support and the opportunity to premiere their work with us next year’s festival! 



  1. An emerging filmmaker is defined in this competition as someone who has not made more than five short films, or been in a lead position on a feature-length film. 
  2. Films must feature an Asian (Asian-identifying) in a key creative role (director, writer, producer). Please specify this role(s) in your application. 
  3. Film projects must either be in development or production stage (post-production only projects will not be eligible). 
  4. Finished films cannot exceed 20 minutes. 
  5. Films can be dramatic, documentary or experimental. 
  6. Projects originating on film are acceptable, but the filmmaker is responsible for bearing transfer costs to digital (for the post-production phase).


Pitch Winner Prize Package

  • $8,000 cash prize 
  • Business affairs & legal consultation with Behind the Scenes
  • Acting support (if applicable) including consultation, coaching, and more with ACTRA Toronto
  • A production workflow consultation with Charles Street Video which includes 
    • $2,700 in edit suite access and/or production equipment rentals 
    • One-year membership
  • Opportunity to premiere work at the 2022 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (subject to review), with full festival accreditation


Pitch Finalist Package

  • $1,000 cash for participation (the Pitch winner will not receive this $1,000 cash prize)
  • All-Access Pass to the 25th Reel Asian Film Festival 
  • $350 equipment rental credit plus one-year membership to Charles Street Video


All finalist teams will

  1. Participate in pre-festival Bootcamp, an industry program stream for the Reel Asian community.
  2. Attend the mandatory Pitch clinic, where Pitch mentors will coach and offer their insight, strategies and feedback on navigating the film pitch. 
  3. Pitch in front of a live jury to win our prize package for their film project! 


Deadline – Applications must be received by July 25th, 11:59PM EST.
Please submit your application here.


  1. A completed ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ Google Application Form.
  2. A description of who you are as an artist, 300 words.
  3. A detailed description of the project, 500 words. 
  4. A brief production schedule outlining generally which facilities will be used with approximate dates of when they will be needed. Your production must be complete by August 1st, 2022. 
  5. A detailed budget that includes all sources of funding, confirmed and pending. The expense and revenues of your budget must balance along with copies of any contracts/letters of agreement from confirmed revenue sources (if any). 
  6. Letters of agreement from key personnel (if applicable), including rights to an adapted work (i.e. short story), or music, if integral to the film. 
  7. A video/filmography and/or curriculum vitae. If the project is a collaboration, CV’s for both artists must be included.


The So You Think You Can Pitch Competition is sponsored by NBCUniversal

Deadline – Applications must be received by July 25th, 11:59PM EST

For questions or additional support please contact jasmine@reelasian.com

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