Audit wins Canada’s largest pitch prize
Heist thriller Audit, from Lebanese-Canadian writer/director Geordie Sabbagh, recently won the $60,000 pitch prize at the Forest City Film Festival in London, ON – the largest pitch prize in the country.
Slated to shoot in spring 2022 in London and Toronto, the script has placed in numerous competitions including LaunchPad, and is on Coverfly’s Red List – a service which calls itself the “industry’s largest database of screenplay contest entries and script coverage evaluations.”
Audit is a heist thriller based on an almost-true story of three accountants who discover $10 million auditing unclaimed safety deposit boxes. The film was pitched in four minutes by producer Olga Ziman Sabbagh and Geordie to a judging panel which included David Shore (The Good Doctor, House) and Paige Murray, CBC’s executive in charge of drama.
“It was a bit of pressure cooker to get it all out there, but we’re just thrilled and very excited. It’s almost surreal,” said Ziman Sabbagh, in a statement.
“We are taking our support for regional filmmaking to the next level by helping filmmakers work here,” added Dorothy Downs, the festival’s executive director. “This is an excellent opportunity for London, Ontario to join the Canadian cinematic conversation.”
Casting details are expected to be announced in early 2022.