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Pitch Workshop


Great movie ideas, like great business ideas, are not actionable unless they get the funding and resources needed to make it happen.  Many  believe that a good idea is all it takes to get funding, but what it really takes is a good pitch. Being able to effectively deliver a pitch is critical to your success, whether you are building your team, attracting talent, or raising money.

Yet many filmmakers struggle to create and present a pitch that brings results. So, how do you develop a good pitch? In the SF Bay Area, there are plenty of pitch sessions for tech startups, but nothing exists to help producers and filmmakers practice (and most importantly, improve) their pitch. And so, Producer Foundry is proud to launch the first pitch practice expressly for filmmakers!

If you have a film idea and want to practice pitching it, and receiving constructive feedback from experts in the industry, here's your chance!

For those select attendees who want to practice pitching their projects, they get the experience of presenting themselves and their project to a seasoned panel of experts (in business, investment, film distribution and film production) in a safe and non-threatening environment meant to encourage newcomers to get comfortable with pitching and receive constructive feedback on their presentation and project without the stakes of doing it in front of actual investors (when real money and reputation is on the line).

For attendees who may not have a project to pitch, they also benefit from watching the proceedings and providing additional feedback, but won't receiving that personalized feedback to make their own presentation more successful.

Why would you practice a pitch rather than just presenting it to investors right away? Simply put, you really have one chance to make the right impression with an investor, so it makes sense to be prepared and understand what they are looking for in an investment. Most filmmakers don’t have the business background to speak to investors in a way that sells them on their idea. Participating in this unique workshop helps you bridge that gap, and can get you prepared in a much shorter time.

So, what are you waiting for? Seats are limited (both for pitches and to observe). Make your film project a reality!

In this workshop, you will:

1)  learn the fundamentals you need to cover in your pitch

2)  learn what presentation materials you need

3)  learn what investors want to know about your film

4)  learn how to create and deliver a compelling presentation

5)  practice your pitch (limited to 5 presenters) 7 min/pitch

6)  get feedback on your pitch


6:30-7 pm  Networking

7:00-8:30  Program, Pitch Practice

8:30-  Networking

Space is limited to 5 pitch presenters and 30 observers. Even if you are not ready to pitch your project, observing the program and listening to the valuable feedback can help you prepare for pitching in the future.

Note that there is a charge to attend this event. In order to attend the practice pitch workshop you must register and pay below.

A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.



George Kopas

George is currently, involved in business assessments, investor strategies, venture capital, business development, strategic deal making & promoting business ventures. He integrates a robust strategic vision with a pragmatic business, marketing & financial "roadmap" & utilizing business development skills.

Over 20 years of international business experience in business efforts beginning in franchising, PC distribution & PC/laptop industries & migrated to focus on venture capital, entrepreneurship & new media - including the convergence of broadcasting, video distribution, social media, e-commerce, mobile & broadband delivery to the edge.

Christine Dewey

Managing Director of ro*co films International. She builds and maintains relationships with media buyers and acquisition executives around the world to ensure that our documentaries get the attention they deserve. She manages the international contracts and works collaboratively with filmmakers to maintain a long-term international distribution presence for each of our films. Cristine joined ro*co in 2005 after several years of experience as a community activist. She has a B. A. in English from Carleton College and a professional back-ground in development and grants administration.

Debbie Brubaker

Debbie is a seasoned producer in the world of “indie” feature films. Debbie recently just finished working on Tim Burton's film "Big Eyes" and Woody Allen's latest film release, Blue Jasmine.

Her credits include "Quitters" Knife Fight, Peter Bratt’s La Mission, All About Evil, One Way to Valhalla, The Darwin Awards , Dopamine, Unflinching Triumph: The Phillip Rockhammer Story, Swing, Teknolust, Bartleby, The Californians, and Cherish.

Before a screenplay goes to a shooting script, she helps the writer or director hone in on what is important. Especially with the restricted budgets we have today, it's important decide what you need and what you don't. Her expertise includes scheduling and budgeting and networking crew members with directors/projects.

Gary Tomchuk

Gary is Founder/CEO of the AwareGuide, a marketing and distribution platform for media for social change. He is also co-founder/Principal of Producer Foundry, an accelerator for independent film bringing Silicon Valley practices to the film world. As CEO of Ethical Markets Media he launched the first national weekly TV series on socially responsible business to over 40 million homes. He served as COO of Passionate Living Media a television, print, radio and internet transmedia company.  He worked with PlayItFWD digital distribution platform and the launch of Harmony Channel on Comcast VOD, He was cofounder of and worked with, Deepak Chopra’s, Whole Life Expos and Media, and Peter Pan Entertainment (now Inspired Media).


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  • Steven P.

    This was a great Meetup all the way around. Giving filmmakers a forum for practicing their pitch is an excellent topic to continue. Thank you for organizing!

    2 · August 21, 2014

  • amber d.

    excellent, loved the info exchange, the new projects

    2 · August 20, 2014

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