TIFF's The Big Pitch gives platform to racialized filmmakers to pitch their best

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The Big Pitch at TIFF, organized with the CaribbeanTales Film Festival, allows diverse filmmakers to pitch their idea to an industry panel and audience. Organizers say the event is crucial for shining a light on diverse homegrown talent at a major international event like TIFF.

Event with CaribbeanTales Film Festival gives participants 3 minutes in front of an industry panelKhaRå Martin, left, and Celestina Aleobua, right, are two participants in this year's The Big Pitch competition, put on by TIFF and the CaribbeanTales Film Festival.

Organizers say the pitching event is crucial for shining a light on diverse homegrown talent at a major international event like TIFF.Those who made the final cut spent nine months in training and mentorship in those incubator programs, designed to support emerging filmmakers.

"The people that are in the room that get inspired from hearing their pitch – they support them and then they get a distribution deal … and can be asked to be either a writing partner or a producer on an additional film," said Webley. Martin will be pitching the film Scarborough's Love, a story inspired in part by her own parents' love story in Toronto.

 

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