PERFECTING YOUR PITCH – with award winning film producer Richard O’Connell

Before a film, documentary or mini-series makes it to your local theater or to Netflix or HBO, it was presented in a pitch meeting. These meetings, often years in the making, allow Hollywood screenwriters, independent filmmakers, and producers between three to five minutes to propose their idea to an investor or co-producer. Ironically it often takes only about 45 seconds for investors or studio reps to know if they are interested or not, and 98% of the time they are not. So how can you improve your odds of a successful meeting or giving a winning pitch? Join us at our pitching workshop – to learn to not only how you can improve the way you present or pitch your ideas – but also to gain a better understanding what financiers and studios are looking for in you, and as well as your idea.

Richard O’Connell is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, producer and educator. Richard worked for 15 years at the Independent Television Service as Head of Production and later as Senior Producer of National Productions. During his time at ITVS, Richard oversaw the production, delivery and broadcast of over 600 films to PBS and all the national series including Frontline, American Masters, Great performances, POV and Independent Lens. Richard is also a filmmaker working in both documentary and narrative film producing and directing short form and feature length films. Richard’s work has appeared on national television in the U.S, been released theatrically and exhibited at major film festivals. In 2018, Richard won National Emmy Award as a Producer of the film The Homestretch, a Peabody award for his work on Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise and a Columbia Dupont award for Class of 27.

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