AFM unveils film pitch nominees

Fans vote for the pitch they would like to be made into a film

The American Film Market has announced the five nominees for the first Favorite Film Pitch award.

They are Stephanie Bell ("The Devil of Apalachia"), Carlo Besasie ("All the Queen's Men"), Mouncey Ferguson ("Forger"), Barry Kneller ("The Mechanics") and David Minnihan ("Father John").

During Wednesday nights' "People's Choice Awards," fans were invited to vote through Jan. 20 for the pitch they would most like to see get made into a film at the Web site.

Submissions to the first Favorite Film Pitch contest were recorded live Nov. 7-10 on a mini-set at the AFM. Each pitch was limited to two-and-a-half minutes.

The AFM assembled a group of industry leaders to select the five finalists. In addition to receiving the Favorite Film Pitch Award, the winner will receive an AFM 2010 package that includes full access for two to the AFM, including seminars and conferences; airfare for two to Los Angeles; hotel for five nights in Santa Monica; and scheduled meetings with producers and distributors.