Practical Pitching
Refining your film pitch with Luke Walton and The Pitch Film Fund

Date: 30 Jul 2020
Time: 16:00
Location: Online

Practical Pitching is the second instalment in our collaborative double-header with The Pitch Film Fund. Across these two sessions we'll introduce Northern creatives to this essential part of the filmmaking process and provide guidance on how to make your pitch perfect. We add the finishing touches to our pitches from 4pm on Thursday, 30 July - find out more about the seminar and book your place for free below.

What makes a great pitch? How can I get my idea the backing it deserves? What will help me step up to the next level?

The Pitch Film Fund has been developing emerging UK filmmakers for 10 years through a competitive pitching process. Luke Walton, director of The Pitch, shows us in this session how to get the core of your story across with genre and character, how to practise pitching in everyday life, how to avoid pitfalls and how to respond to feedback. There will also be the opportunity to pitch live and receive feedback.

This session is for anyone who wants to get better at the art of pitching - from those starting out to well established filmmakers looking to refresh themselves on best practice.

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The Practical Pitching session is free to attend - book your place via the Zoom link below. You don't need a live webcam or microphone to participate, just a reliable internet connection.

There will be the opportunity to ask Luke questions during the session and an opportunity for a few attendees to pitch live. For people wanting to do that they can email me with a logline and title.

Delivered in partnership with the Pitch Film Fund and the York Filmmakers Coalition.

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Speaker bios

Luke Walton

Director of The Pitch Film Fund, Luke has produced more than 15 short films with RIF (Reel Issues Films). Since 2008, The Pitch has focused on developing emerging talent, adding additional benefits for participants including residential film study courses. The Pitch has hubs in the UK and South Africa. Luke’s background is in acting and he was the voice of Hugglegrabber in Early Man, directed by Nick Park.

The Pitch Film Fund

The Pitch fund exists to give emerging filmmakers a chance. They offer £30,000 for the top entrant to shoot their short film, following everyone from Ridley Scott to Martin Scorsese in making a film inspired by the Bible. The fund is open to filmmakers of all and any background.

There are other grants available, plus excellent training and feedback opportunities through a unique process. The Pitch judges include the director of the National Film and Television School, while finalists have gone on to make internationally praised feature films, securing agents, managers and a roadmap for their career.