Here’s what you need to know about pitching your story idea to Honour Film Initiative.
Intent & Narrative
1. Your story must be anchored upon honouring the value of someone or something, with traits such as integrity, respect, perseverance, thrift, hard work and/or the spirit of doing our best.
Your intent must be to honour something or someone. That’s what makes a film an Honour film.
2. To be considered for a pitch slot, submit your pitch deck (synopsis / storyline, timeline and budget) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A pitch slot will be assigned to you if your pitch deck meets the criteria, which is that the story must be about Honour in one form or another.
3. Pitches are held once every 2 months, either at Ngee Ann Polytechnic or another partner institution.
You will have 10 minutes to present, and the pitch format is as follows:
- 5 minutes self-introduction
- 5 minutes concept
- 10 minutes Q&A
Openness to Advice
4. If your story has potential, the pitch panel is likely to ask that you revise or refine your idea before commissioning it.
Hence do not embark on the pitch process unless you and your team are open and receptive to having your original idea shaped by the panel’s advice.
TIPS FROM OUR PITCH PANEL
Members of our pitch panel shed light on what qualifies as a promising Honour short film, and how you can ace your pitch.
“An Honour story, first and foremost, comes from the heart. The intent must be to honour someone or something. That purity or clarity of intent is what makes a great Honour story, because a story that comes from the heart will touch hearts.
Many of our filmmakers dig deep inside them to tell a story of honour out of their own experiences of pain and brokenness. It is about finding the honour, love and redemption in the things that have broken us. These are the stories that often end up resonating the most with our audiences.”
– Huang Rui Lin, Media Development Consultant, Honour Singapore
“As the pitch panel, we are looking to understand three things:
- In what way is your story about Honour?
- Who will relate to your story?
- And how will it be experienced visually as a film?
Honour is a theme that embraces many topics, so you will need to find that focus, and be able to answer these key questions.”
– Juan Foo, independent producer
“We look for stories that have what I call ‘the Honour verve’. It’s more than just film-making for film-making’s sake. It’s got to honour someone or an experience that matters to you greatly. Very often, the story is inspired by your life, but is told in such a way that is compelling for audiences to watch. That’s what we are looking for.”
– Leonard Yip, Senior Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
“As a pitch panel, we are here not just to critique your idea, but to value add to it. The filmmakers who are most open to advice are the ones most likely to succeed. So seize the opportunity to get input, because we are here to help you succeed.”
– Michael Chua, Executive Director/Producer, Upside Down Concepts
“Stories from the heart are the best. So keep it simple.
Many young filmmakers like to veer towards melodrama, or indulge in multiple unneeded plot twists, which tend to trip them up. So, keep it simple, with the value of honour as the core of your story.”
– Vincent Lim, CEO, Fanfare