AFTRS: pitching training, tasty prizes

Do you have a brilliant idea for a creative project, but haven’t shared it with the world yet? And do you want to take your dream all the way to the Cannes Film Festival? The Australian Film
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Do you have a brilliant idea for a creative project, but haven’t shared it with the world yet? And do you want to take your dream all the way to the Cannes Film Festival?

The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is staging pitching workshops around Australia as part of the Holding Redlich Pitching Competition, a key event at the annual Screen Producers Association (SPAA) Conference in November, which offers a trip to Cannes as first prize.

AFTRS Head of Producing, Peter Herbert said AFTRS would stage the pitching workshops around the country in October. Cost to participate is $60.

“Three finalists from around the country will go straight to the Holding Redlich Pitching Competition at the Conference, with a chance to win fantastic prizes,” he said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people with outstanding creative ideas, to get their project out into the world.”

AFTRS Head of Television Paul Remati will be travelling around the country as a judge of the pitching workshops.
“We are looking for original ideas that can translate to screen and will stand out from the crowd,” he said.

“We will be looking at the overall package, including the team, feasibility and financing potential and the presentation itself.”

Prizes include: Full SPAA Conference registration (value $1430); 1 year SPAA Associate Membership (value $225); One return flight from your home state to the SPAA Conference, Gold Coast. Queensland; One night’s accommodation at the Gold Coast; Access to the Getty Images high-resolution digital databank of stills and moving images for use in developing a pitch presentation promo reel (value $1000).

The winner of the Holding Redlich Pitching Competition will receive:

∑ A return airfare to Cannes Film Festival or a major television market in the UK or US.
∑ $1000 spending money
∑ $2000 worth of legal advice from Holding Redlich
∑ Full registration to the 2007 SPAA Conference
∑ A publicity opportunity with Encore Magazine

Here’s how it works:
The day begins with a presentation on The Art of Pitching. Then, after a short break the pitching begins. Each pitch must be no longer then two minutes and will be presented in front of all contestants.

Up to five finalists are then selected to come back for day two, where semi finalists workshop and re-pitch. Finalists work one on one with the panel to develop project concept and pitch strategy. Each finalist re-pitches in front of panel.

For dates and state contact: See our website www.aftrs.edu.au or contact Muffy Potter on (02) 9805 6492, email muffy.potter@aftrs.edu.au

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