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Canon and Big Vision Empty Wallet Team Up To Find Next Great Feature Film


Big Vision Empty Wallet, the networking organization dedicated to bringing both emerging and established artists and innovators together and helping them collaborate, create and showcase their work, has teamed up with Canon to launch its first National Film Pitch Competition. The purpose of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s National Film Pitch Competition is to find the next great feature film and get it made.

Canon will be awarding the grand prize winner with a 30-day HDSLR Camera and Canon EOS EF “L” Series lens package rental, plus a one-week re-shoot. The winner will also receive other free rental packages and services to help them get their film made from additional sponsors, including a Producer’s Package from Media Services/Show Biz Software, Quick Film Budget, Konsonant, Rotting Television and Daryl Eisenberg Casting. The grand prize is valued at over $100,000. An additional prize furnished by Media Services will be awarded to the viewer’s choice winner for best pitch video, selected through online voting.

Submissions are due by Jan. 30. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced on on Feb. 10, at which time, online voting will open to decide the online winner. The judges will give each finalist a score based on originality, style, professionalism, marketability, quality of work and so on. The top three finalists will be announced on March 1, 2012.

The top three finalists will have from March 1-April 1, 2012 to complete the first draft of their screenplay and submit it for judging in the final round. Online voting for the best pitch video will continue throughout this time.

The judging panel will select the grand prize winner, which will be announced on and on May 1, 2012.

“It isn’t our goal to simply find the next great feature film, we will also enable the winner to get their dream film made,” said BVEW co-founder Dani Faith Leonard. “The grand prize package is huge. I wish I could win it!”

“We are extremely grateful and excited to be teaming with all of our sponsors, especially Canon during the exciting launch of their brand new cameras,” said BVEW co-founder Alex Cirillo.

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