PITCH ROOM FAQ
BRANDS, BROADCASTERS, FILM COMMISSIONERS AND RECORD LABELS
The Smalls Pitch Room allows your brand to share briefs with The Smalls filmmakers – a community of talented, creative, passionate and media savvy individuals who embrace storytelling and new aesthetics to create distinctive and bold short films that engage and inspire audiences.
What makes us unique?
- A renowned short ﬁlm community
- 7,000+ registered creative filmmakers with diverse skills and talents
- Opportunities for community participation and creative collaborations
- In-house specialists that offer advice on original content creation and engagement
- Resources for expert panel recruitment
- Amplification possibilities beyond traditional formats
- Talent and content searches to discover and connect with filmmakers
Become a Patron member of The Smalls and experience a phenomenal creative exchange via our Pitch Room. Get in touch with The Smalls Partnership Manager, Bela Mashru firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Pitch Room is a creative crowdsourcing platform presented by The Smalls and used by brands, broadcasters, film commissioners, and record labels that are looking to discover and work with some of the best short filmmakers in the world.
As a Patron member of The Smalls you can use Pitch Room to post a brief for a short film, an ad, a music video, or any kind of short form film or video content:
To learn more about how your brand can connect with The Smalls community, get in touch with The Smalls Partnership Manager, Bela Mashru via email@example.com.
Not a problem. We are here to guide you. Get in touch The Smalls Partnership Manager, Bela Mashru via firstname.lastname@example.org, today.
To post a brief, contact The Smalls Partnership Manager, Bela Mashru via email@example.com.
The most effective way to engage with filmmakers is to create and deliver a clear, inspirational brief that also provides the winning pitch with significant rewards or recognition. A few things to consider:
> Present your identity
Use your Patron profile to communicate your brand values and vision. Showcase your previously produced films, ads or other content. This will allow filmmakers to get a feel for who you are and what your brand represents.
> Budgets and Rewards
Whether you are asking for treatments, or are looking to commission finished films or videos, providing an appropriate production budget or commissioning fee is essential. Speak to The Smalls if you would like a recommendation to suit your brief.
> Creative Direction
Your brief is the first important step toward connecting with filmmakers. Promising creative freedom is a beautiful thing, but providing some direction can be helpful. If you have insights or facts that can motivate and inspire original ideas, share them. If you have any mandatory elements, make sure you clarify what they are and their relevance to the project. If you can offer some kind of production or equipment support, do mention it. If you have a specific goal, make it clear.
> Reach, opportunity, influence and engagement
The Smalls Pitch Room is about more than a simple creative exchange. It is about unlocking the value of collaboration and creating opportunities for talented filmmakers that go beyond the production of a piece of content. In your brief, explain how you plan to distribute or promote the winning film or video and how you will build engagement around it. Share the expected reach of your planned activities. How your opportunity can impact a filmmaker’s professional life is an important detail – if you can generate exposure and increase someone’s creative influence, let it be known.
When you set your brief deadline, always allow enough time for filmmakers to consider your creative direction, and to prepare a well thought out pitch. And keep in mind that filmmakers can submit their treatments or films on the actual deadline day, so you will have to be prepared to wait until that date to make your final decision.
Need help creating a brief? Get in touch with The Smalls Partnership Manager, Bela Mashru via firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make additions or updates to your brief, please contact The Smalls Partnership Manager, Bela Mashru via email@example.com. We’re happy to help you make adjustments, but please note that once your brief is published we cannot reduce its budget or award.
There are various ways you can turn the spotlight on your brief and engage with filmmakers and video directors. Speak to The Smalls about how we can help you discover and connect with both rising stars and established talent who have the kind of skills and experience that you are looking for. Ask us about how you can tap into our newsletters and social media channels to speak to our community. And, how we can help take your message to an even larger group of creative influencers.
In addition to your own plans for distribution and promotion, The Smalls will build conversations and generate buzz around the winning film or video. We will celebrate your support for independent filmmaking, and we will build engagement and excitement around the creative outcome of your brief. We welcome you to contact us to discuss the many opportunities available to leverage your initial campaigns across and beyond The Smalls Pitch Room.
For more information on The Smalls Pitch Room and all available opportunities, get in touch with The Smalls Partnership Manager Bela Mashru via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As a Pro member of The Smalls you can browse Pitch Room to discover opportunities posted by commissioners and distributors of short film and video.
Broadcasters, film commissioners, record labels, or other brands that are looking to collaborate with some of the best short filmmakers in the world, can upload briefs here. They may ask for a short film, an ad, a music video or another kind of short form film or video content.
Depending on the brief, you can pitch via a treatment, a script or a complete short film or video. To submit your entry for consideration, simply go to the relevant brief and click “Submit Your Pitch” and follow the quick and easy steps.
NOTE: Members enrolled in our Pro Trial can also access briefs and pitch, until the February 26 2013 Pro Trial expiry date.
Via The Smalls Pitch Room, filmmakers gain access to exciting opportunities in short film and video.
Pitch for projects to:
- Collaborate with other exciting artists and brands
- Receive financial rewards and recognition for your work
- Generate exposure for yourself as a filmmaker and your films
- Establish a professional relationship with commissioners and distributors of film and video
- Increase your reach and visibility across social media and other platforms
- Engage audiences and build recognition for your films
- Increase your creative influence
When you pitch for a project via The Smalls, you participate in a creative opportunity that involves more than the production or distribution of a short film or video. Every brief in our Pitch Room is approved by The Smalls based on how its reward, recognition, reach, influence and engagement can empower the winning filmmaker(s).
All Pro members of The Smalls community can pitch for projects via The Smalls Pitch Room. Ready to get started? Get your Pro membership now!
To submit a pitch, simply open the relevant brief and click ‘Submit Your Pitch”. You will reach a form where you can easily upload scripts or treatments. If a brief asks for a film or video you can either just type in the name of one of your films already on The Smalls, and it will be attached to your pitch. Or, easily upload a new film in a few easy steps. Then just click ‘Submit Pitch”, and you are done!
If you win a pitch you will receive an email to the address registered on your account with The Smalls. Always make sure your email address is up to date, using your “My Profile” settings.
This depends on the brief. Always take your time to read the brief in detail and make sure you have also read and agree with our Terms & Conditions. Feel free to get in touch with us via email@example.com if you have any questions.
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