Filmmakers starting out- either as students or as self-taught auteurs- rarely have opportunities to deliver real-world pitches. Mastering the technical and artistic elements often takes precedence over the essential business of filmmaking, but the business starts with a succinct, compelling pitch. Founded in 2011 in response to the dearth of pitching opportunities for Southern filmmakers, Pitch Perfect offers a unique chance for university-level students and emerging directors to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, film students + directors from the American South have five minutes (including 90 seconds for video) to pitch their next dream project. Participants present their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of three film professionals and industry insiders who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback on their pitches.
The competition has four rounds: student narrative, student documentary, non-student narrative, and non-student documentary. The winner of each section receives a package including both a cash prize to go towards the production of the winning idea and an in-kind contribution from a competition sponsor.
NOFF encourages local digital media, cinema, and mentorship student organizations to attend Pitch Perfect, giving New Orleans youth the opportunity to meet filmmakers and learn about advanced film studies in the South. The event is free and open to the public, allowing audience members from all creative fields to benefit from the expert guidance offered by the judges.
Participants are selected through an application process. More details, including application deadlines, will be released soon.