Pitching is a tool used by screenwriters and directors to tell their stories within a limited time frame. It is used in various situations in the film industry (for example to attract a producer’s attention, to talk to the crew or with funding bodies). Although pitching has its limitations, it allows the audience to get a sense of the theme of the project and to understand whether they feel a connection with it, through the choice of words, the focus, the emotions experienced by the speaker.
In collaboration with the Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio and thanks to the training support of Massimiliano Nardulli (expert in the field of training and creation of script strategies and script advisor to important national and international organisations, both for shorts and feature films) who will be assisted by Giovanni Vanoli (script advisor and directing consultant for several short films, as well as collaborator of Mediaset, one of Italy’s main broadcasters), ShorTS International Film Festival presents this year the fourth ShorTS Pitching Training. An intensive workshop to provide participants with the necessary tools to create an effective and persuasive pitch. It mainly targets young directors who have a short in the pipeline and who, after a 48-hour training course, divided into plenary sessions and one-to-one meetings, will have the opportunity to present their project to some major distribution companies, both nationally and internationally. The workshop, after a preliminary screenwriting support phase, will be held from 2 to 4 July, in online mode, with the training part taking place through private meetings on the Zoom platform.
Five projects from three countries (Italy, Greece, Malaysia) have been selected for ShorTS Pitching Training 2021, in which the filmmakers, in addition to being young, show particular sensitivity to the themes of migration, alienation and non-integration, and the search for a difficult balance in the most intimate family dynamics. All with an innovative, fresh and never predictable perspective.
As part of the collaboration between ShorTS International Film Festival and the Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio, Alessandro Giorgio is to take part in the final scheduled meeting, selecting one project from those presented at the ShorTS Pitching Training that will be invited to guest at the sixth Torino Short Film Market.