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Winning Filmmakers, Pitches, and Films!

Scroll through to see previous winners' completed films, entries, and testimonials.

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Sunday Dinner

Filmmaker: Don Fanelli

Prize: $6,000

Pitch sentence: An Italian-American man confesses to his passionate siblings that he is now vegan and refuses to eat their traditional Sunday meatballs and I need $ for a DP & prod design.

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Freelance

Filmmaker: Mike Gerbino

Prize: $5,000

Pitch sentence: When a down-on-her-luck editor takes a job cutting snuff films, she is haunted by visions of the people in her videos; funds would go toward our 3-day principal photography, which begins in the fall.

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Americano

Filmmaker: Tim Viola (the OG first winner!)

Prize: $2,000

Pitch sentence: When an undocumented refugee hacker discovers evidence linking a politician to a tragedy on social media, he teams up with a PR director to expose the story; film is shot–need funds for audio post.

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I Love Jazz

Filmmaker: David Oster

Prize: $6,000

Pitch sentence: When a man’s own voice warns him of his impending murder via a jazz record, the next few moments are filled with suspense, color, and jazz, and I need funding to shoot all in one choreographed shot.

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Treehouse

Filmmaker: Matthew Greenberg

Prize: $5,000

Pitch sentence: A man struggles to understand why each attempt to build the perfect treehouse leaves him staring at an empty tree with no evidence of previous work; the funding will go to creating multiple treehouses

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The Bridge

Filmmaker: Izabella Amar

Prize: 3-Month Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription

Pitch sentence: A recently unemployed transgender woman forms a deep connection after a chance encounter in an unlikely place; the funds will be used to complete post-production.

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Bamboo

Filmmaker: Harrison Kwong

Prize: $400 KitSplit Gift Card

Pitch sentence: When a shy, Asian man encounters his charismatic, white-washed doppelgänger, the two struggle with each other's claim of dominance over their identity; funding is used for camera/lighting equipment.

Me + Lee

Filmmaker: Giorigio Miraflor

Prize: $400 KitSplit Gift Card

Pitch sentence: Amid grieving, Theo strikes up a unique and possibly toxic friendship with his pizza delivery guy who has the same name as his deceased brother; we need the funding for location and lens rentals.

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More in Production...

We have many more winners who are working on completing their films. See them below.

All Winners to Date

Swipe through to see all of our winning filmmakers. Many are still working on their projects, or they are on the festival circuit with their films!

Tim Viola

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Elia Urquiza

Matthew Greenberg

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Katie Sadler

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David Oster

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Robert Murray Dunacn

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Don Fanelli

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Savanna Hunter-Reeves

Harley Foos

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Travis Beard

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Bridget Barbara

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Jonathan Chen

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Lynne Ferguson

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Tommy Garcia

Sophie Schrago

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Colleen Brady

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Christopher Guerrero

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Daryl Paris Bright

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Malcolm Johnson

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Sarah Young

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Rachel Lindsay / "Sink"

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Giorgio Miraflor

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Jeff Bergh

the film fund winner alexander russell

Alexander Russell

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Claire Downs

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Miles Pasholk

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Da'Mon Nero

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Lemia Bodden

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Erin Lee Deacon

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Rebecca Luck

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Sarah Kamaras

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Swati Tiwari

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Vinny Anand

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Lindy Stokes

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Jenna Kelly

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Carya Maharja

Izabella Amar

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Max Retik

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Alexander Lockett

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Christopher Rodriguez

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Harrison Kwong

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Arielle Friedman

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Mike Gerbino

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Jo Gennett

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Mimi Wilcox

Samantha Severin filmmaker short film the film fund

Samantha Severin

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Stephanie Ramones

David Linthicum filmmaker short film the film fund

David Linthicum

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Marissa Slaven

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Micheál Fleming

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Sindbad Rumney

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Suzanna Klaucke

Emily Erhart the film fund filmmaker short film

Emily Erhart

Scott Naar the film fund filmmaker short film

Scott and Emily Naar

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Omar Abreu

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Pierce Ryan

What should my one-sentence pitch look like if I want to get film funding?

Submit it here for a chance to fund your narrative or documentary short film. Filmmakers write in all the time asking if they can see examples of winning sentences. Below you can find real, winning sentences submitted by independent filmmakers who have received thousands of dollars in funding and services to make their short film pitches a reality. You'll notice that not every winning sentence is included here. Out of respect for the filmmakers and their concepts, we don't release the winning sentences until the final films are released. The Film Fund does not favor one genre over another. In addition to the real sentences, our judges have written a few examples, which you'll also find below. You can also read an in-depth analysis of winner Don Fanelli's sentence here.

Example #1: Treehouse

A man struggles to understand why each attempt to build the perfect treehouse leaves him staring at an empty tree with no evidence of previous work; the funding will go to creating multiple treehouses.

Example #2: Sunday Dinner

An Italian-American man confesses to his passionate siblings that he is now vegan and refuses to eat their traditional Sunday meatballs and I need $ for a DP & prod design.

Example #3: Americano

When an undocumented refugee hacker discovers evidence linking a politician to a tragedy on social media, he teams up with a PR director to expose the story; film is shot–need funds for audio post.

Have a great pitch sentence of your own?

Submit it to one of our independent film funding contests here for a chance to receive up to $10,000 in funding and other prizes to make your project a reality.