Win $50,000 to make your film

Posted on July 20, 2016

Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) and the Calgary International Film Festival announced today that they have partnered for the inaugural Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest.

Taking place Saturday, Oct. 1 during the closing weekend of CIFF 2016 (September 21 to October 2), five filmmaking teams from Alberta will pitch their short film in front of a live audience and a jury of industry experts as part of the Calgary International Film Festival’s “Behind the Screen” programming, a new series at the festival, which aims to connect fans with the local film industry.

The winning team will be announced at an awards brunch on Oct. 2, where they will be awarded a $50,000 prize, provided by BravoFACT, to fund their project. The winning team will also receive two festival passes for CIFF 2017, and the chance to screen their short film at the 2017 festival.

“BravoFACT strives to support a strong and diverse Canadian film industry, and our partnership with CIFF allows us to continue to expand our reach,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to working with CIFF and shining a spotlight on Calgary’s young filmmaking talent.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with BravoFact on the 2016 Pitch Contest,” said Calgary International Film Festival Executive Director, Steve Schroeder. “A huge part of CIFF’s mission is to engage and showcase Alberta filmmakers and this is the perfect fit.”

Beginning today, eligible applicants from Alberta are encouraged to apply. The five teams selected to pitch their short at the CIFF BravoFACT Pitch Contest will be notified by Friday, Sept. 18. The deadline to submit is Friday, Aug. 26.

More information about program requirements and application guidelines.

About The Calgary International Film Festival
The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a “Behind the Screen” series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.

About BravoFACT
Bell Media's BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada, having supported more than 1,500 short-form projects across the country. BravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at


For more information please contact:                                          

Tiffany Burns, Festival Publicist
p. 403.452.4845

Natalie Cole

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