Competitive Pitching

John Gallen (MFA '17) delivers a winning pitch at the New Orleans International Film Festival.
John Gallen (MFA '17) delivers a winning pitch at the New Orleans International Film Festival.

In today’s competitive film environment, you need to know how to talk about your film projects and, even more so, how to pitch your films to potential funders and distributors.  While students can learn effective pitch strategies in the classroom, perfecting their skills in a real-world environment by pitching to programmers, distributors and filmmakers is an ideal learning experience.  To that end, we have a long history as a program of organizing and seeking out pitching opportunities for our students at film festivals.

Currently, our students participate in the New Orleans Pitch Perfect competition with film students from Florida State University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans and Tulane University and the RiverRun International Film Festival’s PitchFest competitions featuring students from Duke, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Since 2011, DFP students have brought home four first-place, and two second-place finishes in RiverRun’s PitchFest competition and four first-place finishes in the Pitch Perfect competition in New Orleans.

Stan Wright and Hao Zhang celebrate Zhang's win at the 2018 Pitch Perfect competition at the New Orleans International Film Festival.