Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecte adipi. Suspendisse ultrices hendrerit a vitae vel a sodales. Ac lectus vel risus suscipit sit amet hendrerit a venenatis.
12, Some Streeet, 12550 New York, USA
(+44) 871.075.0336
Follow Us

Ford Producers Grant and Pitch Fest

ford producers grant

SVFF and presenting sponsor Ford Motor Company are thrilled to announce a new grant to support the hardest working folks in the biz: producers. Three finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their film to a panel of award-winning producers, and one will walk away with a $25,000 Ford Producers Grant to take their project one big step closer to reality.


Saturday, March 21st 10 am Argyros Theater

During a live event, the three finalists will pitch their films before the Producers Panel, and SVFF audience. Attendees will get the chance to participate in this typically behind-the-scenes process, including a Q&A with both producers and finalists. The winner will be announced live at the end of the event. 



Final Deadline March 6th


  • Pitch practice with a coach

  • The opportunity to pitch their project to award-winning producers

  • Roundtrip flight from Los Angeles

  • Two nights of lodging

  • Filmmaker pass for SVFF 2020

  • Invites to select insider events and networking opportunities during SVFF 2020



$25,000 cash grant towards project’s budget


Submission Rules


  • Projects submitting for the Ford Producers Grant must be submitted, represented, and pitched by a producer. Producers are allowed to submit as a team, but only one producer will be considered as a finalist.
  • Open to scripted and documentary feature-length projects. Short films and episodics are not eligible.
  • Project must have partial funding, or feasible line on funding.
  • Project must have a feasible projected start date before March 2021.
  • Project must be previously unproduced.

For complete rules, terms & conditions, please visit FilmFreeway submission site

2020 Producers Panel

Michael Burns

Michael Burns

Vice Chairman, Lionsgate

Since becoming Vice Chairman of Lionsgate in March 2000, Mr. Burns has played an integral role in building the Company into a multibillion dollar global content leader with a reputation for innovation. In December 2016, he helped spearhead Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz, reflecting the studio’s evolution into a diversified global contentplatform.

Lionsgate’s portfolio of businesses features a film slate that has grossed over $10 billion globally over the past six years, driven by the critically-acclaimed La La Land, Knives Out and the blockbuster Hunger Games, Twilight Saga andJohn Wick franchises. One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate has been responsible for such iconic hits as Mad Men, Weeds, Nurse Jackie and Orange is the New Black.

Mr. Burns has also played a key role in the acquisition, production, and distribution of some of Lionsgate’s most successful films, including the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture Crash, the Academy Award®-winning Monster’s Ball and the Oscar®-nominated Precious.

Mr. Burns served for nine years as managing director and head of Prudential Securities’ Los Angeles investment banking office and nine years at Shearson/American Express (now Morgan Stanley).  He has been featured in major media outlets from CNBC to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Burns graduated with a B.S. from Arizona State University and received his M.B.A. from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA where he serves on the Board of Visitors.  He joined the Hasbro Board of Directors in December2014.

Heather Rae

Jim Burke

Effie T. Brown


CEO, Gamechanger

Effie T. Brown is the CEO of Gamechanger, which launched in 2013 as the first film financing fund by and for women and now under Brown’s leadership includes projects by and about people of color, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities as well as its expansion into television and digital content. Brown is also an award-winning film, television, and digital producer known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Brown has produced several critically acclaimed films and award-winning projects including Real Women Have Curves (directed by Patricia Cardosa) Dear White People​ (2015 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay), HBO’sProject Greenlight (Executive Produced by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck), among several others. Brown also served as an executive producer on Lee Daniels’ ​STAR ​on FOX and Disney Channel’s ​Zombies. Prior to Gamechanger, Brown founded Duly Noted Inc., a company dedicated to ground-breaking narratives that use genre to challenge and advance our culture in a disruptive way. Brown’s dream is to change the world through film and TV – celebrating our differences while bringing us all closer together.

2020 Pitch Fest Host

Will McCormack