Pitching is a tool for screenwriters and filmmakers to tell their stories in a limited amount of time. It is used in various circumstances in the film industry – to get a producer’s attention, to talk to your crew or to funding bodies. Although pitching has its limits, it enables the audience to grasp what the project is about and whether they feel a connection to it, through the choice of words, the focus, the emotions the speaker experiences…
At ShorTS International Film Festival, it is used as a tool to spot potential screenplay flaws and analyse the problems a story may have, based on feedback and the involvement of the other participants. Group dynamics is essential here: it is often way easier to spot weaknesses in somebody else’s pitch than in one’s own. ShorTS Pitching Training gives writers the keys to reworking their script through a hands-on workshop.
Given the exceptional circumstances this year, the workshop will be online and will include four steps::
- group session to break the ice, talk generally about pitching and share our views on each other’s scripts (that everybody else will have read);
- one-on-one script consulting session with Jérôme Nunes, leader of the workshop and producer, for an in-depth discussion of the projects;
- pitching preparation for the final video pitch;
- feedback session with professionals (producers).