Our top 10 finalists have just returned from a Lake District based residential course tutored by leading acting coach Peter Nicholas at the Low Wood Bay Hotel & Marina. The Hollywood ‘hopefuls’ had each earned a place on the course as shortlisted finalists before presenting to a panel of industry judges at Pinewood Studios in January.
Peter Nicholas, delivered ‘Resilience and Personal Impact Training’ - an Arts mentoring and Communications skills programme aimed at developing the film makers with positive life skills; helping them to handle the competition process, not only helping them to communicate better in the board room but pitching for other film industry and business projects.
Introduced to the prize list last year, the residential course gives finalists a chance to meet their competitors before the finals weekend whilst offer networking and collaborative opportunities too.
The Pitch Director Luke Walton explains, “We have had a colourful array of pitches this year, including a variety of genres from dramas, sci-fi, thrillers and adventure film. Some of the story ideas address personal issues, social media and not surprisingly a couple mark the World War One Centenary too. It is tough pitching film ideas in such a short space of time and sometimes nerves get the better of them. Peter has provided them with tools to deal with stress and confidence so I’m looking forward to seeing how the pitchers will utilise their communications skills in the boardroom. All the film makers have said they have taken away valuable tips from Peter’s sessions.”
Simon Berry, Chairman and Managing Director of English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues said: “We enjoyed welcoming the ten finalists and Peter Nicholas to Low Wood Bay Resort & Marina. Many film makers who have visited Cumbria in the past have been truly inspired by their surroundings, so we are pleased that these film makers have benefitted from the opportunity to leave with the same experience. We take a vested interest in ‘The Pitch’ film competition and will look forward with interest to see who wins this year! We congratulate Aurora Fearnley on her win last year with her science fiction film ‘Pulsar’ and wish her all the best for the forthcoming film shoot.”
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