The Female Eye Film Festival's 5th ANNUAL LIVE PITCH






Eight (8) writers selected to pitch their screenplays before an esteemed industry jury in front of a live audience will hone their pitch with a chance to win $2500 at the 4th Annual Live Pitch on Friday, June 29th!

"CHINOOK" - by Lauren Walsh-Greene


"MOVING ON" - by Sheila Warren


"AWAKENING" - by Karen Bardach


"BUTTERFLY JUMP" - by Mary Lewis


"the Untitled Kari Kennon project" - by Kari Kennon 


"AWAKENING - AS TOLD BY ROMAN TOI" - by Kalli Paakspuu 

"DAVID CRONENBERG LIVES NEXT DOOR" - by Heather Baillie-Brown 

Pitch Coach, Carl Knutson

Carl Knutson is a Toronto screenwriter, story editor, and jack-of-all-genres. He’s written for 14 TV series ranging from drama, comedy, docudrama, documentary, and animation. Carl has written three IMAX features for SK Films -- the most recent, AMAZON ADVENTURE, is currently playing at The Ontario Science Centre. As a story editor, he has specialized in working with writer/director filmmakers, including: Jim Allodi, Kris Lefcoe, Michael DeCarlo, Peter Lynch, and Henry Sarwer-Foner. Carl currently writes coverage on screenplays for both The Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm.  Working as a writer/director himself, Carl has sold four, short romantic-comedies to CBC TV and other broadcasters. His screenwriting has appeared on CTV, Discovery, National Geographic, History, Court and Lifetime.

Pitch Coach, Daniella Saioni

DANIELA SAIONI is a comedy writer whose stand-up has been featured on CBC’s Laugh Out Loud to over 1.4 million listeners.  A TIFF PitchTHIS! Finalist in 2012 for The WBI (co-written with Annie Bradley), the script also won Best Reserve Screenplay at the FEFF 2014 and was named Harold Greenberg Fund Top Ten at the 2016 Canadian Film Festival, noted for its “great comedy writing and dialogue”. A WGC member, Daniela is currently writing the high-concept dramedy HAYI, the fourth feature for director Mazdak Taebi. She has been training comedians in the creation of original pilots since 2012 at Comedy Bar, where her live comedy show West End Girls ran for 8 years. In her other life as a veteran script supervisor, she has worked internationally alongside legendary filmmakers including Oscar-worthies Bruce Beresford, Davis Guggenheim and Mimi Leder, and has recently enjoyed crawling around inside the notorious comedy brains of Greg Daniels and Paul Feig.


Join us for the 4th Annual Live Pitch on Friday, June 29th, 5:00pm- 6:30pm at Buddies In Bad Times. Winner of the Live Pitch takes home a $2500 cash prize

Writers bring your feature film project to life. You will have six minutes to pitch your feature film idea to a live audience of supportive film fans and a jury of industry delegates and production experts. All genres and styles of presentation are permitted. The most original and compelling story will be awarded a prize of $2500.00.


Jury Members: Katy Siracusa, Whizbang; Emma Sampson, Cinespace; Byron A. Martin, Byron A. Martin Productions Inc. and Jinder Chalmers.


Cinespace Film Studios is a family-owned and operated company based in Toronto, Canada, specializing in the development, management and operation of studio space and support facilities for the film, television, and digital media production industry.

For 30 years…

Cinespace has earned the respect and trust of the film production industry in Toronto through the professional management of our studio facilities, our innate ability to develop space and support facilities according to the specific needs of the industry, and our steadfast commitment to advancing the interests of the industry. Cinespace has been home to award-winning film and TV productions and has assisted in the rise of domestic and co-production activity in Canada. Now with a 50-acre studio campus in Chicago, Cinespace is North America’s largest owner and operator of studio spaceWiseacre and Whizbang  (not sure which one)

Whizbang Films Inc. is a Toronto based Film and Television Production Company with a primary focus on Production Services. It's extensive executive production background offer comfort to networks and streaming services fostering partnerships with Netflix, Hulu, All Access and Amazon, including award winning productions such as STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE HANDMAID’S TALE and BLACK MIRROR. Studio relationships include NBC, CBS, and MGM. As a boutique Indie Producer, Whizbang Films also produces low budget Theatrical Films which sell in all territories around the world. President Frank Siracusa parlayed this success in navigating today's evolving television landscape upon a domestic slate of television and critically acclaimed feature films since the company’s inception in 1999. Siracusa actively pursues new partnerships while continuing to solidify his strong ties with streaming platforms, conventional broadcasters and distributors throughout the industry.