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Pitch Perfect Workshop

Hit ALL the right notes with this revamped, intensive pitching workshop. Identify the key components that contribute to a good pitch: the introduction, cut line, logline, synopsis, the heart, the package of pluses, all the way to the close.

In this thorough, in-depth course, you will learn:

  • how to research an audience before the meeting
  • improve story telling skills: clarity, structure, economy, visuals
  • review the essentials required for a pitch one sheet

PLUS so much more, including an individual, one-on-one consultation!

POSTPONED!

Watch this space for details.

New dates coming in Fall 2021.

Pitch Perfect! With Jan Miller

What makes this course different? This program will take a small group of participants (8 max) through a very rigorous master class to be followed by an individual one-on-one intensive with Jan Miller.

Workshop participants will take a deeper dive into pitch development. Get practical and "hands on" learning, and prepare a strong pitch for investors and other stakeholders PLUS an individual consultation.

Questions? Contact Laurie Januska, Director of Programming at ljanuska@wift.com.

2021 PROGRAM FEES

Application Fee: $25 (+ HST)

Workshop Fee - WIFT Toronto Members: $400 (+ HST)

Workshop Fee - Non-Members: $500 (+ HST)

*Note: only those accepted into this program will be required to pay the Workshop fee, above.

CLICK HERE to register and get application information.

Bursary Information

A Bursary is available courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto to cover the program fees for one successful applicant. The deadline to apply for a bursary is closed.

Guidelines and application available here.
APPLICATION DATES

Open for Applications: NOW OPEN

CLICK HERE to register and for information on the application process.

Open for Bursary Applications: CLOSED

CLICK HERE for information on the Bursary application process.

Deadline for Applications: TBA

Deadline for Bursary Applications: CLOSED

PROGRAM DATES

Master Class Workshop: TBA

* all participants attend this Master Class Workshop together

One-on-One Consultations: TBA

* all participants will be assigned a one-hour slot during one of these two days for their individual consultation

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

This program is designed for emerging content creators/producers (with at least 5 years experience in the industry) who are ready to start pitching their projects. This is not a "beginner" or "introductory" program; participants are expected to have industry experience so that they can get full advantage of the workshop and hit the ground running.

Eligible projects include TV/web series, short feature-length films. All genres accepted. See the link above for all required documentation for the application.

Note: for this program, documentaries, talk-show formats or reality programs will not be considered eligible.

MASTER CLASS

In this Master Class, participants will - while working with their own projects as reference - learn:

  • identify the key components that contribute to a good pitch: the introduction, cut line, logline, synopsis, the heart, the package of pluses, the close
  • to adapt a pitch to a conversational one-on-one, a chance meeting, a pitch forum presentation
  • to research an audience before the meeting
  • to identify and strengthen personal communications skills to reinforce the pitch in person
  • to improve story telling skills: clarity, structure, economy, visuals
  • to identify the credentials or "package of pluses" being brought to the table
  • to review the essentials required for a pitch one-sheet
  • to identify achievable goals for each kind of meeting
  • to develop the skills for follow-up
  • to increase the chances of finding a good fit for each project by successfully targeting the pitch to the right person, in the right place, at the right time

On the Thursday and Friday following the week of the Master Class, each participant will be scheduled for a one-hour individual consultation with Jan Miller.

Facilitator

All sessions in this workshop will be led by Jan Miller.

Over the past 2 decades, Jan has delivered one of the top Pitching and Content Development Workshops in the world. She’s presented her workshops coast to coast in Canada for most of Canada’s provincial agencies, festivals and major training facilities. Internationally she’s presented from Tehran to Cartagena and the Amazon, China’s GZDoc, Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival, Berlin’s Talent Campus, Poland’s ScriptEast, Cannes’ Producers’ Network, Cuba’s International Film School and Iran's Fajr International Film Festival.

Jan’s popular pitching workshops have now expanded to Export Ready Workshops for the Music Industry through the East Coast Music Association; for animation for Women in Animation in Vancouver; for Romance Writers through Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia; and the theatre community for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

Jan has won numerous awards for her achievements including ITV's Woman of Vision Award, WIFT-Toronto's first Crystal Award for Excellence in Training/Professional Development, and the Billington Award for her contribution and leadership in the Alberta screen industry. Jan received the WIFT-AT Wave Award for her contribution and support of the Atlantic screen industry. She served  on the Atlantic Film Festival Board,on the Canadian Conference of the Arts Board including 2 years as national president, served on the inaugural Cultural Human Resources Council Board, the CFCN Production Fund Board, the Shaw Broadcast Fund Board, the Board of First Weekend Club, The Board of AFC and presently serves on the Women in View Board.

Click HERE to read more information about Jan Miller.

Make Your Pitch Perfect!
Make Your Pitch Perfect!