Pitching Opportunities
Pitching Opportunities

Pitching Opportunities
TAC offers two specialized programs dedicated to pitching: Pitch THIS! and Fast Track

Do you have a great idea for an animated series for kids? 

Every year, TAC presents Pitch THIS!, a program where two creators get the chance to pitch their new project to the TAC audience. In celebration of the OIAF’s 40th anniversary in 2016, TAC, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana and Toon Boom Animation teamed up to reimagine Pitch THIS! 

Now a competition, the winner will be awarded an invaluable grand prize including: 
Development Deal with Nelvana
Toon Boom Animation Software licenses for Harmony and Storybook Pro, plus training! 

To add a mentorship twist, TEN pitches will be selected and the creators paired with an industry mentor who will help them develop their idea. 

All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday September 20th for final selection during TAC, where two lucky contestants will be selected to take the stage and compete for the coveted grand prize at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 21st. The finalists will be pitching to a panel of broadcasters and the entire TAC audience, which includes over 300 potential buyers and financiers within the industry. 

Entering Pitch THIS!
Open to Canadian and International submissions
Maximum of 2 submissions will be accepted per production company
Pitched series should be aimed at children ages 2—11
New extended deadline for Pitch This! submissions is August 31st, 2017, 5pm EST

Proposals should include: 
Project synopsis, including log line and character descriptions 
At least one episode synopsis 
Concept art 
Bios of key creators

Send your Pitch THIS! proposals to:  presentations[at]animationfestival.ca

NOTE: Full TAC passes are available to selected participants at a 50% discount. Selected participants will be admitted ONLY to the two Pitch THIS! related events without passes.

Speed pitching sessions for animation content creators. 

If you plan to pitch a project, gain insight into what executives are looking for, find the perfect production company for your ideas, or simply establish important relations - Fast Track will get you there! 

Fast Track gives you one shot to meet with each of your targets in 12 minute long "speed pitching" meetings. 

Fast Track’s line up consists of producers, broadcasters and distributors from from across the globe! These executives come from a wide range of production interests and expectations and will be looking for features, shorts, and TV series. Target audiences range from pre-school to adult content, gender specific/gender neutral needs, and style ranging from visually driven to dialogue driven.
Fast Track is exclusively for fully registered TAC passholders. All TAC passholders will receive an email informing them when registration will begin in August. Registration is first-come, first-served, so register quickly! Fast-Track meetings this year will be 12 minutes, so each executive only has upto 10 slots for meetings over four sessions. There will be a couple of days between the email and registration launch, so be sure to carefully read each VIP’s profile/questionnaire explaining what they are looking for to ensure the most successful meetings possible! This is in order to set up sessions that will meet both their needs and yours. For example, if you are pitching a show geared towards a mature demographic, a broadcaster seeking pre-school content will not be appropriate for you.  

Good luck  and happy pitching! 

If you have any questions about Fast Track, please email tac[at]animationfestival.ca

Please no soliciting of services. Participants may be subject to a pre-screening process.

CONFIRMED VIPS (more to come)

Fast Track Executives
Patricia Burns, Senior Supervising Producer, Spin Master Entertainment
Nathalie Chamberland, Youth Acquisitions and Programming, CBC/Radio-Canada
Pete Denomme, CEO & Executive Producer, Switch Entertainment
Hugues Dufour, Production Executive, Corus Entertainment
Aron Dunn, President, Executive Producer, Treason Media
Henry Gagnon, President, HG Distribution
Katarzyna Gromadzka, Development and Programming Specialist, Momakin
Julia Jaensch, Manager Acquisitions & Co-production, WDR MEDIAGROUP GMBH
Tatiana Kober, President, Bejuba! Entertainment
Julie Lachance, Management of Rights and Business Affairs, French Services, Radio-Canada
Rachel Marcus, Development Executive, Guru Studio
Cat McCormick, Development Executive, Portfolio Entertainment
Bryce Mitchell, Literary Agent, Meridian Artists
Cory Morrison, Executive Vice President of Development, Big Jump Productions
Linda O'Shaughnessy, Manager of Acquisitions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Dave Padbury, Development Coordinator, Guru Studio
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, Director Disruption and Platform Distribution, Groupe Média TFO
Marly Reed, Manager, Production and Development, CCI Entertainment Ltd.
Jillianne Reinseth, Vice President, Creative Affairs, eOne Family
Nicole Rivera, Director, Animation Development, The Cartoon Network
Shaleen Sangha, Senior Director of Development & Production, Radical Sheep Productions
Frank Saperstein, CEO, Executive Producer, Surprise Bag, Inc.
Linda Simensky, Vice President of Children's Programming, PBS
Misha Solomon, Development Executive, Muse Entertainment
Karen Swerdfeger, Director of Development, Big Jump Productions
François Trudel, Executive Producer, Vice president of International, Groupe PVP
Jessica Watson, Director, Global Sales and Aquisition, Boat Rocker Media
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
David Wollos, Consultant, The ThinkTank Emporium