Launched in May 2014 Restless Talent Management is the first global management company to focus exclusively on African talent.
At a time where actors and directors of African descent are resolutely grabbing the headlines in Hollywood, Restless is focused on identifying the next Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, or Andrew Dosunmu. As the world is witnessing the emergence of a New African Cinema, Restless’ mission is to nurture and support the pioneering talents who are redefining creative content both on the continent and beyond.
Registered in the UK and with a presence both on the continent (Cape Town, Nairobi) and in the world’s largest film markets (Los Angeles, London), Restless provides development services such as image-building and positioning, project packaging, PR, and also advises on film sales, distribution and promotion.
The Restless Pitch is an open, dynamic and fun-pitching session held at various film festivals in Africa and Europe. In front of a live audience, filmmakers are randomly invited to present their best creative ideas for film or TV in front of a panel of industry experts.
“Wing it” or leave anything to chance or you’re likely to stumble under the spotlights. Seriously, don’t.
Write your pitch down, time yourself, learn it by heart, and keep rehearsing it until you know it so well it flows naturally. DON’T Get lost in details or ramble with no clear aim.
Start with a clear 1-2 line logline.
Forget to mention whether you’re talking about a feature film or a TV series, and what the genre is. Eg: [PROJECT NAME] is a 13 x 45min episode sci-fi buddy comedy series about 2 drunk space troopers looking though the universe for their lost wallets.
Know the difference between plot and story. We want to hear about the story. For more, read this: http://nofilmschool.com/2014/07/martin-scorsese-difference-between-story-plot/
Rush. 3 min is both short and long. After the logline, give us a short synopsis of your project which includes quick character descriptions, inciting incident, major plot points and resolution.
Read a piece of paper. Keep your pitch punchy and conversational.
Overstay your welcome. Stick to your 3 minutes.
Leave on a high note. End your pitch with a one sentence conclusion about the type of audience you think your project can attract, and why you think they would love it. Good luck!
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
If you are a writer, director or a producer then The Restless Pitch offers you a unique opportunity to engage creatively with industry experts around your idea and pitching style. The experts will give immediate and honest feedback on your concept and your presentation. Even if you don’t pitch on the day it is a great opportunity learn about the pitching process, to develop your creative instincts and to network.
WHO IS THE PITCHING SESSION OPEN TO?
This usually depends on the festival event that is hosting The Restless Pitch. Typically it will be open to all registered festival delegates. In some cases it may also be open to the public. Please check with the festival organisers, as the may also require attendees to pre-register.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY PITCH FOR PRE-SELECTION?
No. In order to maintain fairness The Restless Pitch works on a lottery system. If you are interested in pitching you will need to place your business card in the fish bowl provided at the event. Cards will then be randomly selected by a member of the panel, if your card is selected you will then be invited up on stage to pitch to the panel.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECT CAN I PITCH?
You can pitch feature films, short films, animation, scripted television, documentary or transmedia projects. Projects can be at any stage, from early concept to fully developed.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO PITCH?
Each pitch is limited to 3 minutes. You will be asked to briefly introduce yourself and then the clock starts. The stopwatch will be on display and the host will indicate when you have 30 seconds left.
CAN I USE VISUAL AIDS (e.g. a power point presentation or trailer)?
No. We like to keep it old-skool. Because of the time limits and in order to maintain a level playing field, we insist on verbal pitches only.
WHO ARE THE PANEL OF EXPERTS?
Typically the panel is made up of 6 to 8 industry experts. Generally speaking there will be a balance of creative and financial experts. We will announce the panel online no less than 24hrs before an actual pitch event, this should give you lots of time to do your homework on the experts and work out who you need to schmooze.
ARE THERE ANY PRIZES TO BE WON?
Yes. The prizes differ from event to event and are designed to help you further your project in a meaningful way.