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Tue, 12 Jan


Online Event via Zoom

Upskilling: Go Pitch Yourself Masterclass

First Session | Tuesday 12 January | 18:00 – 20:00 Second Session | Wednesday 13 January | 18:00 – 20:00 Join us online via Zoom | Viewing details will be sent with your Eventbrite confirmation. This is one masterclass that is split over two evenings.

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Upskilling: Go Pitch Yourself Masterclass
Upskilling: Go Pitch Yourself Masterclass

Time & Location

12 Jan 2021, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

Online Event via Zoom

About the Event

First Session | Tuesday 12 January | 18:00 – 20:00

Second Session | Wednesday 13 January | 18:00 – 20:00

Join us online via Zoom | Viewing details will be sent with your Eventbrite confirmation

This is one masterclass that is split over two evenings. If you’re booking a ticket for this event, you are committing to joining both evenings.

How can you make your pitch stand out in the global film market? With the rise of multiple streaming platforms and the competition for audiences ever greater, being able to give a strong pitch has never been more essential.

Run by Marian Sanchez Carniglia, this masterclass will take place over two evenings. Marian, will be joined by two of her colleagues, Ren Pereira and Laura Seixas, and will share the successful pitching and storytelling method that she has developed over her career.

Marian Sanchez Carniglia is an internationally recognised pitching and storytelling expert. She is also a producer, teacher and film consultant and has worked alongside legendary directors including Ron Howard, Bryan Singer, The Coen Brothers and James Cameron and across multiple studios including Fox, Sony and Paramount Pictures. Marian developed her own method, presenting three core branches of pitching and, after years of crafting and practising her philosophy, she published her teachings in a book – ‘Entrenamiento para Aurigas’– a manual on how to apply storytelling and pitching techniques for successful career management. Currently available in Spanish, English translation in the works and coming soon.

Laura Seixas is an award-winning Portuguese film director. She has directed several short-films, including Belonging and Let There Be Light. Recently she developed and co-directed the award winning mini-series Dreaming Whilst Black with 4Quarter Films for which she received several directing awards. The series has been selected for over 33 festivals and received 65 nominations and 36 wins. Laura has recently been developing several projects including her first feature, A Carrinha, an international co-production with Portuguese company Take it Easy Films, as well as her second, entitled Salomeé, with USA-based production house Foreign Nationals. Laura is currently collaborating with her mentor Marian Sanchez Carniglia on her Storytelling Studio.

Born in London to Brazilian parents and subsequently raised in Rome, Renata Pereira (Ren for short) is a self-proclaimed citizen of the world. She co-wrote the short A Mother’s Heart, which was nominated for best original screenplay at Madrid International Film Festival 2014. That same year she joined London-based production company Big Light, spearheaded by Frank Spotnitz (The X Files, The Man in The High Castle) initially on a work experience placement that soon became permanent and she developed her skills in script editing, story development, copywriting and translating.

Event Schedule – for both evenings:

17:55: Please join the webinar

18:00-19:30: Masterclass & Q&A session throughout

19:45-20:00: Closing discussions & final space for audience Q&A

How will the online event work?

This event will be live streamed via Viewing details will be sent via your Eventbrite confirmation.

Live stream participants will not be visible to others and you will be muted throughout the session. After the talk, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask their questions to the panel by using the Q&A feature.

This event is for existing WFTV members only.

WFTV members, please log-in to your WFTV account and sign up via the Eventbrite link below this listing.

If you are not a member and would like to join, membership costs just £100 + VAT/yr for those living within the M25 and internationally, and £50+ VAT/yr for those living outside of this area, please click here or email

At WFTV we’re really keen to ensure that all our events are accessible for everyone. So if you have any particular access needs, please can you let us know before an event and we will do our best to accommodate you. We would be grateful if you can give us as much notice as possible – please contact


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    Upskilling: Go Pitch Yourself Masterclass

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    The challenges of filming schedules, Covid-19 anxiety, post-traumatic stress, demanding work schedules, adapting to new filming practices and social distancing have all had a large impact on mental health. This session will focus on understanding mental health and will help individuals increase their own resilience giving them the tools to recognise the signs and offer support to people suffering from mental distress.

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