PITCHNY℠

Promoting Diversity in Entertainment

PITCHNY℠ aims to cultivate New York State’s homegrown talent by expanding pathways for aspiring creators, strengthen diverse voices and showcase diverse communities through film, TV and other creative content. For the fourth year in a row this workshop will allow undergraduate and recent graduate students from New York schools to learn from filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers. Participants are given opportunities to network with their peers, hear from panels of experts and practice pitching their creative ideas one-on-one with entertainment industry representatives

Over the past three years, Governor Cuomo’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and NBCUniversal have hosted PITCHNY℠, a workshop that provides aspiring filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York with resources and advice and facilitates connections with entertainment experts. PITCHNY℠ aims to cultivate New York State’s homegrown talent by expanding pathways for aspiring creators, strengthen diverse voices, and showcase diverse communities through film, TV, and other creative content.

For the fourth installment of PITCHNY℠, the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and NBCUniversal will partner with Tribeca Film Institute as a local non-profit partner. Undergraduate and recent graduate students and aspiring filmmakers are invited to apply to participate in the two-day intensive workshop in NYC on November 7-8, 2019. PITCHNY℠ is focused on promoting diversity in the entertainment industry both by highlighting diverse content and increasing opportunity for content creators: filmmakers, producers, directors and writers. In previous years, themes of diversity reflected in participants’ work have included race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Scroll down for more information on how to apply, including a list of FAQs. To read press releases from previous years of PITCHNY℠, click here and here

 

How it Works:

Students apply by filling out a brief, free application online and submitting creative concepts that they will pitch at the workshop. Selected students receive travel stipends for transportation and lodging.

The event includes informational panel discussions with industry professionals and creative leaders sharing insights and guidance. In the afternoon, there is a “speed pitching” opportunity in which participants rotate tables and simulate real-life pitching situations, giving students the opportunity to share their stories and enhance their pitching skills. The purpose of these pitch meetings is professional development and educational feedback and not to sell or produce a specific project.

How to Apply:

Applications for 2019 are currently closed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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