Berlinale Pitch Workshop: Craft and Master Your Five-Minute Berlinale Verbal Pitch

Taught by Alexia Melocchi

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Class hosted by: Alexia Melocchi

Producer at Little Studio Films

Alexia Melocchi has had recent distribution projects with clients like Lionsgate, STX, Lakeshore, TF1, The Asylum, Mister Smith, and projects such as ANNA, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY 2, and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Alexia has placed over 100 titles in the last 5 years. Alexia Melocchi is a partner in Little Studio Films and for over two decades has produced and sold award-winning movies, documentaries, and shorts, often partnering with emerging filmmakers she has personally discovered and mentored. The latest films by Little Film Studios are THE PANTANI AFFAIR which is with Amazon Studios Europe, A SOUL JOURNEY (Palm Springs International Film Festival and winner of URBANWORLD), and the upcoming mini-series THE MONKEY CLUB with Oscar-winner writer/producer Ron Bass. They also partially financed RIDE ABOVE directed by Christian Duguay, THE DESPERATE HOUR starring Naomi Watts, and WRONG TURN. In June 2020, Alexia signed a representation and development agreement with writer Seoras Wallace after connecting through Stage 32. Alexia says, "I would have never found him had it not been for Stage 32." Read the full story here. Alexia has acquired on behalf of her international distributor clients, film and television shows from all over the world for release in the Middle East, Italy, Greece, Spain, Canada, South America and Australia. Her clients have bought and partially financed films such as LA LA LAND, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY, TWILIGHT, TEEN SPIRIT AND THE BANKER. She is the host of THE HEART OF SHOW BUSINESS podcast. He company Little Studio Films acted as the sales representative for a DURAN DURAN documentary which sold in every major international territory and received a theatrical release, SERVICE TO MAN released through Entertainment Studios co- produced with Joel Zwick, SOL DE MEDIANOCHE released on HBO. She is fluent in five languages (Italian, Greek, French, Spanish and English), a personal asset that has allowed her to be involved in the financing and distribution of movies that have earned near $1 Billion dollars in box office returns worldwide. Always in the know of trends in film and television, she attends all major film festivals in the United States and internationally (CANNES, NATPE, BERLIN, VENICE, TORONTO, AFM, MIPTV) and has been frequently invited as an expert panelist on the Film Business at high profile film and television conventions. Full Bio »

Summary

 

Work Directly With An International Producer & Berlinale veteran to perfect your Berlinale pitch!

Only 4 Spots Still Available - Grab Your Spot Now

You've bought your Berlinale pass and created your pitch deck, but how confident are you with your verbal pitch? Berlinale moves fast. Distributors, investors, and producers have meetings scheduled back to back. You need a compelling verbal pitch that sells you and your project in under five minutes.

In this exclusive 2-part Stage 32 workshop, a select group of only 10 attendees will work one-on-one with international producer/distributor Alexia Melocchi to craft your perfect five-minute pitch.

Alexia has had recent distribution projects with clients like Lionsgate, STX, Lakeshore, TF1, The Asylum and Mister Smith, and projects such as ANNA, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY 2, and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Alexia has placed over 100 titles in the last 5 years.

In the first session, Alexia will work with each attendee and offer feedback to strengthen their pitch. In the second session, a few days before Berlinale, each participant will pitch Alexia again, having honed and made their pitches stronger and more effective with her guidance.

If you've spent the time and expense to attend The Berlin Film Festival, you do not miss this rare opportunity to make sure your five minute pitch sells you and your project effectively.

 

Check out the recent success story from Alexia's AFM pitching class that resulted in a member getting financing here! 

 


Praise for Alexia's Previous Stage 32 Education:

"Really great. Actually useful, practical advice. Wasn't full of bullshit platitudes, Alexia shot straight with us." - Max W.

"Alexia did a fantastic job of making it all relatable and cutting through the noise." - Clint G.

"Alexia is clearly very experienced & she is so gracious in sharing her wisdom with all of us. I'm truly grateful that you all put on this class!" - Becca G.

What You'll Learn

WHAT TO EXPECT

By the end of this pitch lab, you will have a pitch vetted by an international executive, Alexia Melocchi to use in professional pitch meetings.

Alexia will work one-on-one with students in virtual meetings.

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 creatives and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely with an executive and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information
  • Only 4 spots still available - Grab your spot now before they're all gone.
  • This lab is designed for intermediate and advanced executives looking to pitch their projects to executives at the Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale - and other markets and festivals.

About Your Instructor

Alexia Melocchi has had recent distribution projects with clients like Lionsgate, STX, Lakeshore, TF1, The Asylum, Mister Smith, and projects such as ANNA, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY 2, and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Alexia has placed over 100 titles in the last 5 years.

Alexia Melocchi is a partner in Little Studio Films and for over two decades has produced and sold award-winning movies, documentaries, and shorts, often partnering with emerging filmmakers she has personally discovered and mentored.

The latest films by Little Film Studios are THE PANTANI AFFAIR which is with Amazon Studios Europe, A SOUL JOURNEY (Palm Springs International Film Festival and winner of URBANWORLD), and the upcoming mini-series THE MONKEY CLUB with Oscar-winner writer/producer Ron Bass.

They also partially financed RIDE ABOVE directed by Christian Duguay, THE DESPERATE HOUR starring Naomi Watts, and WRONG TURN.

In June 2020, Alexia signed a representation and development agreement with writer Seoras Wallace after connecting through Stage 32. Alexia says, "I would have never found him had it not been for Stage 32." Read the full story here.

Alexia has acquired on behalf of her international distributor clients, film and television shows from all over the world for release in the Middle East, Italy, Greece, Spain, Canada, South America and Australia.

Her clients have bought and partially financed films such as LA LA LAND, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY, TWILIGHT, TEEN SPIRIT AND THE BANKER. She is the host of THE HEART OF SHOW BUSINESS podcast. He company Little Studio Films acted as the sales representative for a DURAN DURAN documentary which sold in every major international territory and received a theatrical release, SERVICE TO MAN released through Entertainment Studios co- produced with Joel Zwick, SOL DE MEDIANOCHE released on HBO.

She is fluent in five languages (Italian, Greek, French, Spanish and English), a personal asset that has allowed her to be involved in the financing and distribution of movies that have earned near $1 Billion dollars in box office returns worldwide. Always in the know of trends in film and television, she attends all major film festivals in the United States and internationally (CANNES, NATPE, BERLIN, VENICE, TORONTO, AFM, MIPTV) and has been frequently invited as an expert panelist on the Film Business at high profile film and television conventions.

Schedule

Monday, October 30, 2022 - 2pm - 4pm PST

Monday, February 6, 2022 - 2pm - 4pm PST

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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