19th December 2014

People’s Choice of Favourite Film Pitch Lauded at This Year’s AFM

23rd August 2010

Jayne Dennis

Father John, an "adventure spy drama" that won the first Favourite Film Pitch competition, will be screened at this year's American Film Market (AFM) during 3-10 November at Santa Monica, Hollywood.

Created by up-and-coming filmmaker David Minnihan, the film will profit from the long-established AFM's experience of hosting films from more than 30 countries, screening more than 100 world premieres, and welcoming delegates from 400-plus production and distribution companies.

Additionally, Minnihan has won free air fares and full access for two people to the event, hotel accommodation; and will receive specially arranged AFM meetings with high-profile producers and distributors.

The Favourite Film Pitch contest was jointly launched late last year by the AFM, which is organised by the US-based Independent Film and Television Alliance, and the People's Choice Awards, the US movie industry's prize-giving ceremony based on the public's vote.

Normally asked to pick their favourite hit movies, the voters were for the first time also invited to choose the best pitch made for a movie. Their choice, made online, was based on the five finalists selected by industry experts.

Photography by Jayne Dennis