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, TAC, Corus Entertainment and Toon Boom Animation are teaming up to reimagine Pitch THIS! 

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

To add a mentorship twist, TEN pitches will now be selected and the creators paired with an industry mentor who will help them develop their idea. This is a rare opportunity for folks to work closely with a seasoned industry professional, and receive feedback on their project!

All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday September 21st for final selection during TAC, where each contestant has only ten minutes to impress a small committee of experts. From this group, 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 22. 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
Deadline for Pitch This! submissions is August 15, 2016

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 20 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
Raquel Benitez, CEO, Comet Entertainment Inc.
Darin Bristow, Vice President, Production, Pipeline Studios
Patricia Burns, Senior Director, Production, Spin Master Entertainment
Eryk Casemiro, Chief Creative Officer, Zodiak Kids Studios
Hugues Dufour, Production Executive, Corus Media, Teletoon
Aron Dunn, President, Treason Media
Ken Faier, SVP & GM, DHX Media
Athena Georgaklis, Head of Content, Nelvana
Rathan Sam George, VP Operations, Toon Media Group
Ollie Green, VP, Animated Production, Adult Swim
Kirsten Hurd, Director of Acquisitions and Canada Sales, D360
Sébastien Hussenot, Sales Agent, La Luna Diffusion
Lisa Furlong Jones, Director of Production, Warner Brothers Animation
Tanya Kelen, CEO & Executive Producer, Kelen Content
Tatiana Kober, President, Bejuba! Entertainment
Brandon Lane, Production Executive, Teletoon
Jennifer McCann, Director of Development, 9 Story Media Group
Michelle Melanson, President & Executive Producer, Radical Sheep
Bryce Mitchell, Literary Agent, Meridian Artists Inc.
Cory Morrison, Executive Vice President of Development, Big Jump Productions
Brenda Nietupski, President, Little Tugboat Entertainment
Linda O'Shaughnessy, Senior Programming Officer, Acquisitions, APTN
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, Director, Groupe Média TFO
Jillianne Reinseth, Vice President, Creative Affairs, eOne Family
Liliana Reyes, Senior Vice President, Content, Portfolio Entertainment
Shabnam Rezaei, Co-founder & President, Big Bad Boo Studios
Frank Saperstein, Executive VP, Kids, Family & Animation, Tricon Films and Television
Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children's Programming, PBS
Misha Solomon, Development Executive, Muse Entertainment
Sabrina Spence, Acquisitions, Ouat Media
Daniel Spencer, Managing Director, Giant Creative Limited
Karen Swerdfeger, Director of Development, Big Jump Productions
François Trudel, Vice President of International Affairs, Groupe PVP
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
David Wollos, Consultant, The ThinkTank Emporium