Tim Bassford, from Nottingham, has won The Pitch film competition 2011 with Samson. He will now get £30,000 of production support to make his short film and take it to Hollywood to meet industry professionals including Ralph Winter, the producer of X-Men and Fantastic Four.
The 34-year-old is head of video promotion at Spinning Clock design and marketing agency in Nottingham. Tim has a track record of success: he won the Shooting People DepicT! Audience Award at the Bristol Encounters 2011 Film Festival; he was also a runner-up in last year’s Pitch competition.
It inspired him to keep going: ‘I am stunned to have won such an amazing prize to get the funding to make my film and all the support that entails. I am looking forward to working with professionals from the industry to develop the concept. No other UK based film competition offers advice from screen writers and Oscar winners.’
Tim dealt with critique from the judges, who included Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, on Saturday at Pinewood Studios and returned on Sunday with a winning pitch. ‘The pitch did change over the weekend,’ Tim said, ‘but I think it is now a more potent film for a contemporary audience and will make a great impact’.
The Pitch film competition asks potential film makers to present, film and upload their pitch, of no more than two minutes. Each pitch had to be based on a verse, character or story from the Bible. Samson is a contemporary take on the Old Testament story of Samson and Delilah.
Luke Walton, the Executive Producer of The Pitch, said: ‘Tim Bassford is definitely a talent to watch for the future. His take on Samson is a contemporary and sexy thriller and I am really looking forward to developing the project this year. He shows just how enduring the human stories in the Bible are when they are retold for new generation.’
Tim talks more about his winning pitch.