The Key to a Perfect Pitch is You
Another successful Pitch Challenge and Panel has come and gone! We were so impressed by the quality and diversity of all of the submissions we received. It was definitely difficult to narrow it down to our three winners.
At our Virtual Pitch Panel, we heard from our four amazing industry pro panellists Mitchell Bendersky (Manager at Gramercy Park Entertainment), Julia Friley (Creative Executive at Walden Media), Amy Sullivan (Writer Assistant at THE BOYS), and Scott Halle (President of Gramercy Park Entertainment). Since the event, two of our winners have had their materials requested! Here’s what the pros had to say about creating the perfect pitch:
Let Your Voice Shine
The most important part of a pitch to our industry pros? YOU! They want to see your personality come through in your pitch and see the person behind the script. When preparing your pitch, a big question to ask yourself is “Why am I the right person to be telling this story?”
Anyone can write a story, but why can this story only be told by you? What’s the secret ingredient? Now more than ever is the time to wear your heart on your sleeve and show industry executives what you’re all about!
We encourage you to check out the winners' pitches and be inspired by how they incorporate their voice into their stories. Dig deep into your writing, and tell yourself why you wrote this story in the first place.
Without further ado, please join us in congratulating the winners and finalists of our Virtual Pitch Challenge!
Daniel Broderick - No Harm, No Foul
Daniel Broderick - Your Wish is My Command
David Chester and Blake Pinter - Tillie
Erin Dooley - Forced
Liisa Evastina - Harvey
Jacobo Fe Gismera - ACE
Naman Gupta and Janki Parekh - Inconvenient Love
Hannah Hendy - Twenty Somethings
Sid Katragadda - Curse
Fredrick Leach - The Hard & Short of It
Teneille Newallo - Soucouyant
T. Siena - Kentucky Blood
Roger Specker - California Motel
Adrienne Thorne - Delivery Route
Adrienne Thorne - Home
Keep Perfecting Your Pitch
Practice makes perfect! To learn more about pitching, check out some of our resources like our ProTips page, articles and classes.
If your pitch didn’t make it this time around, don’t worry! Screenwriting is a journey, and there will be plenty more contests in the future. Just keep practicing your craft, and soon it will be time to tell your story.
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