Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Event 2021

Presented by Stio

The 2021 Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Event


A central part of our mission at 5Point is nurturing and supporting the next generation of adventure filmmakers. Fortunately for us, our good friends at Stio feel the same way. Together, we’re thrilled to launch the 1st Annual Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Event!

The event will give a select number of filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their film ideas in front of a live audience at our 14th annual flagship festival in Carbondale, Colorado (Saturday, October 16). The winning project will be awarded a $10,000 grant from Stio. 

Submissions to the Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Event will open on Wednesday, July 7 and close on Wednesday, August 18. Finalists will be notified on Wednesday, August 25.


How It Works

Defining “Emerging”

The term “emerging” is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of filmmaking and storytelling. We’re looking for someone who has demonstrated that commitment for several years – but no more than ten – of practical film or video experience. Participants should be looking to kickstart a career in filmmaking/visual storytelling and have limited experience with sponsorship, distribution partners and external funding. 



Must be a 5-10 minute documentary film

Story must touch one one or more of the Stio and 5Point Pillars:

Let The Outside In®
Connection with Nature
Epic & Everyday Moments
Authentic Mountain Life

Purpose, Respect, Commitment, Humility & Balance

Film must be completed by March 1, 2022 for a 5Point World Premiere in April 2022

Stio and 5Point logos must be included as presenting
sponsors of film in the opening credits

Filmmaker must be able to attend 5Point Film 2021 to pitch the film as well as 5Point 2022 for the premier



Filmmakers submit films per application details below during the submission period of Wednesday, July 7 – Wednesday, August 18, 2021

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021 five (5) finalists will receive an invitation to attend 5Point to pitch their film

In order to be eligible for the award, the filmmaker must be able to attend 5Point Film Fest in Carbondale for the pitch event on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Finalists are responsible for covering their travel and lodging costs. Each finalist will receive an all-weekend pass to 5Point Film and a Stio swag bag.


The Pitch Event

The Pitch Event will occur Saturday, October 16, 2021 (location and time TBD)

Each finalist will be given 7 minutes to pitch their idea to the panelists and audience. The jury has 8 minutes to ask questions about the project.

Footage, photos and other visual aids can be used throughout the pitch.

 Up to two people are permitted to participate in the pitch (i.e. filmmaking partners, filmmaker and key character, etc).



Submissions Open: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Deadline: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Applications Must Include:

 1. Personal Details

 2. A Resume

3. Director’s Note / Cover Letter outlining the idea for the project and how it aligns with Stio brand and 5Point Pillars, film pitch deck is optional

4. Proposed Budget for entirety of film

5. Proposed Production Timeline (Film must be delivered in final form by the close of 5Point 2022 Submission Period)

6. At least two samples (no more than six) of previous work, or link to online portfolio

7. Application Fee: None




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