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Winner of the Avid Perfect Pitch Contest Announced

Avid

and

Digital Content Producer

are proud to reveal the

winners of the Perfect Pitch contest

. The grand prize went to Pierre Kuhl and his pitch entitled "Manual For Becoming Famous," which highlights the life of an average student who attempts to find fame through manipulating the media. “This competition has created a platform for me to share my passion for filmmaking and it is an incredible opportunity for those of us trying to break into the industry," Kuhl says. "Avid has provided me with a tremendous opportunity by giving me inside access to some of the industry’s most talented professionals and opening doors for me that will help me reach my ambitions as a filmmaker. My pitch ‘Manual for becoming famous’ is based on one of the most important social trends of our century – the desire to be different, special, famous – and I am confident that the film will appeal across all age and social groups.� For winning the Perfect Pitch contest, Kuhl receives a trip to the

Sundance Independent Producers Conference

, his film trailer cut for free by Hollywood Trailer House, Secret Headquarters Incorporated, consulting time with distribution expert Stacey Parks, consulting time with cinematographer Jon Fauer, ASC, Red Giant Magic Bullet software for color and VFX, an HP 8710w mobile workstation, Avid editing software and hardware, and a membership to

filmspecific.com

. The runners up Alex Adler ("Can You Declare Love"), Glenn Forbes ("Violins and Coarse Language"), Michael Mouyal ("Seawars"), and Andi Nakasone ("From Alive, to Alaska") all won Avid editing software and hardware for their efforts. Beginning at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, contestants were asked to upload one-minute videos of their best movie pitch to

http://www.imeem.com/theperfectpitch/

where the rest of the world was allowed to select the top 20 Favorites. (See the Top 20 Favorites at (

http://digitalcontentproducer.com/perfectpitch

). These finalists were revealed at the beginning of April 2008 at which point a judging panel of industry experts narrowed the group of 20 down to the five prize-winners—and ultimately chose Kuhl's pitch as the perfect pitch for the 2008 contest. The judging panel consisted of producer Jake Abraham (

Lovely by Surprise

,

Flakes

,

Starting Out the Evening

), cinematographer Jon Fauer, A.S.C. (author of

Film and Digital Times

), Stacey Parks (founder of Film Specific and author of

The Insider’s Guide To Independent Film Distribution

), editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E. (

About Schmidt

,

Blow

,

Election

,

The Golden Compass

,

Sideways

), and director Gary Winick (

Bride Wars

,

Lipstick Jungle

,

Ugly Betty

,

Charlotte’s Web

,

13 Going on 30

). "These finalists represent some of the most engaged and eager individuals I've seen during my years as a film distribution consultant and foreign sales agent," says Stacey Parks, contest judge and founder of FilmSpecific.com. "Pierre [Kuhl] demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to his film concept and has given it a compelling angle that we can all relate to. He has proved that he is dedicated to seeing his film idea evolve to the big screen and now he'll have the chance to work at making that a reality." "It is a welcome change of pace to be involved in something that not only sets the stage for fresh ideas to be injected into the film industry, but also encourages efforts beyond the contest period with the resources and tools Avid is providing these honorees," Parks adds. The five prize-winning pitches can be seen at the links below. For more information on the entire contest visit

avid.com/pitch

or

imeem.com/theperfectpitch

.

Winner: Pierre Kuhl – “Manual for Becoming Famous� Runners-up: Alex Adler – “Can You Declare Love?� Glenn Forbes – “Violins and Coarse Language� Michael Mouyal – “Seawars� Andi Nakasone – “From Alive, to Alaska�

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