David Minnihan’s pitch of Father John will receive a People’s Choice Award as winner of the AFM’s 2009 Favorite Film Pitch contest.

Minnihan’s spy drama earns him an AFM 2010 package that includes full access for two to the market, airfare for two to Los Angeles, hotel for five nights in Santa Monica, and scheduled meetings with producers and distributors.

Submissions to the first Favorite Film Pitch contest took place during last November’s AFM and were limited to two-and-a-half minutes.

The five finalists were chosen by a group of industry leaders. Viewers of the 2010 People’s Choice Awards broadcast on January 6 were invited to vote exclusively online for their favorite pitch video.