This week we were privileged to pitch Providence at the Film-Com New Project Pitch. I’ve heard of the event for years, but this was our first time to participate. We had no idea what to expect, other than we would have a booth and a chance to share with industry execs about our movie.
Most of the time our film activities are faith-based, but Film-com is for all genres.
Of the 113 films every genre of drama, comedy, documentary, and reality tv and film were represented. What impressed us was the comradery among all the filmmakers. From the moment we arrived, other filmmakers were immediately offering to help carry items and to help set up. Our old fashioned redemptive love story was squeezed in between a horror movie and a supernatural thriller, but we all had a great time swapping stories with our booth neighbors.As the day progressed filmmakers around the expo hall gathered together to share stories and offer advice to each other. Whatever our movies, we soon discovered how much we had in common and how much we could learn from each other’s experiences.
Film-com was a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make new friends. We got to visit with many of our actors from past projects – Connie Maynord and Wendy Keeling from Class of 91, Josh Childs, Mike Parker, and Amelia Mann from The Good Book, and Missy Compton, Beverly Hanley, Steve Alberts, Tom Wood, and Mary and Nick Meyer from Providence.
The day included interviews with Cheryl Wicker of Christian Movie Connect as well as an elevator pitch with the Film-com webmaster.
The experience wouldn’t have been complete without making at least a few industry contacts. By the time we packed up our booth for the day we’d had two distributors, a couple of sales agents, and several other execs express an interest in the movie. We have a thick stack of business cards and new friends to hopefully get to work with on future projects.