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2016 REEL PITCH CONTEST: THE JUDGES for the Qualifying Round

By August 16, 2016 No Comments
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Ever wonder how a film makes it from an idea in the filmmaker’s head to the big screen?

It usually starts with a written logline or a verbal pitch; these are mechanisms by which filmmakers boil a film script down to a one to two sentence description. Filmmakers use loglines and pitches in the hope of attracting development financing to pay for the writing of a screenplay.

Emerging writers, producers and directors will get their shot to pitch to film industry executives during the second annual Reel Pitch Contest at the 2016 LCFF. Before the contestants reach that level, they must survive the first round, which means they have to impress three independent pre-judges, who will be selecting the ten finalists. Adding to the challenge is the fact that the judges will be basing their decision only on the five-minute video that the contestant submitted, and their seventy-five-word synopsis of the idea. They do not have direct contact with the judges. They will, however, be in good hands with this talented trio of pre-judges, whom we’re happy to introduce.

The judges are seasoned producers and film industry executives. Want to know more about the individuals judging the film pitches? Without further adieu, here are the 2016 Reel Pitch judges:


Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 2.40.13 PMDavid Cole. David is a music industry veteran who has worked with top artists, such as Tina Turner and Melissa Etheridge.  He was a staff producer for Capitol and MCA Records, and has mixed music for the movies “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind,” among others. David is currently a freelance engineer/producer and teaches Audio Production at the Art Institute in San Diego. What is David looking forward to most in being a judge at LCFF Reel Pitch event? “I look forward to the diversity in talent that San Diego offers.”



Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 2.40.25 PMRaegan Matthews. Raegan is a two-time Emmy award winner with a solid career in video production, including producing and directing.  She has produced public safety announcements promoting California law enforcement safety. Raegan has also worked for the Discovery Network and was associate producer on the documentary “Suds County USA,” a film about the history of craft beer in San Diego.  Raegan looks forward to “seeing the great projects out there!”



Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 2.40.37 PMPeter Kreklow. Peter is a five-time Emmy winner.  He is a cinematographer and a lighting director. Through his company, ACME Lighting and Grip (based in San Diego), Peter works with filmmakers on lighting design. What is Peter looking forward to in judging the Reel Pitch contest?  “The thing I would say I look forward the to the most has got be the raw creativity I’m exposed to while getting to go over all of the pitches. It is always exciting to see ideas from new filmmakers.”



The LCFF judges also offered tips to those preparing their pitches for LCFF:

Raegan Matthews: “Make it original, do something unique to catch attention!”

David Cole: “Be original, be unique, be enthusiastic. Creating your masterpiece is the fun part. ‘Selling it’ usually isn’t. But you are your idea’s best advocate. Convince us!”

Peter Kreklow: “Emphasize what makes your idea so unique, show us that there is a real vision behind it all. Make yourself standout from the crowd.”

The deadline to submit a five-minute pitch for the Reel Pitch 2016 is August 30th please see LCFF’s official Reel Pitch contest page for submission information here.

Ten finalists will be selected, and each finalist is required to attend LCFF in Carlsbad to present their pitch before an audience and the film industry executives. The panel is allowed three minutes for follow-up Q&A after each pitch. One lucky winner (who will find out the same day as the pitch, October 15th) will receive mentoring from one or more of the judges and help on refining their pitch to present to movie studios. We can’t wait to see you there, and good luck!