Pitching in Austin

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Inspiration
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October, the end of Oktoberfest, Christmas items begin to appear in the stores, and the kids get ready for Halloween.



For screenwriters, it’s time for the Austin Film Festival. With the festival only a couple of days away I thought I would share my thoughts on pitching. I pitched last year, and for a introvert it can be nerve-racking. For anyone pitching this year, I’ve created a list to help you prepare.

  • Write out your logline and main story points. This is the information you need to convey during your pitch.
  • If you have friends who do presentations, run through it with them, get feedback.
  • Practice with a stopwatch, you only have 90 seconds. I saw many people go overtime last year.
  • Practice until you don’t need your paper/cards. Practice on the plane, on the bus, in the hotel room. People may think you are crazy talking to yourself, screw them, practice!
  • Double check your timing. Stopwatch!! 90 seconds only.
  • Be kind to the festival people running the pitching event.
  • On your pitch day, dress up a bit, I wore a suit jacket with jeans and a polo shirt.
  • Deep breaths, calm, channel any nervous energy into the pitch. If your script is a comedy, be funny.
  • Support the other pitchees, they might be able to help you at some point in the future.
  • If you don’t get picked for the finals you can sign up for another pitch session, if they have extra space. My pitch session last year was full of people who nailed their pitches. One of the other pitchees who did not win my session pitched at another one and ended up in the finals.
  • Thank the judges.
  • Smile.
  • TRY to have fun.
  • Remember – PRACTICE!!!!

Copyright © 2015  J. Power

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