Film Talks NEFL7

Film Talks take place virtually using Zoom and can be accessed by All-Access, Day Pass, individual and combo packages.  Limited tickets, registration now open.

FILM TALK 1:  FIX YOUR PITCH keynote presentation with Jacob Krueger 

10am Friday, Nov 13th.  Join opening remarks starting 9:30am

Prepare for NEFL’s pitch-contest with this special Film Talk with award winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger. 75 minute presentation will include Q&A for all joining us virtually.  Here’s what you’l learn:

  • What a producer, agent or manager is really looking for when they hear a pitch
  • How to succeed at pitching even if you’re shy!
  • The 3 keys to every successful pitch
  • How to avoid the 5 most common pitching mistakes
  • How to find pitchable elements even in a “low concept” or “character driven” project
  • How to find your hook and make producers salivate without “selling out!”
  • Unique pitching techniques specifically designed for NEFL’s 3 minute pitch contest (Nov 15th). 
  • Purchase the combo Film Talk 1 + Pitch Contest & $ave!

About The Keynote:  Jacob Krueger

The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in NYC, Jacob has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. His writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Screenplay. To follow Jacob’s screenwriting podcast or to study with him online, please visit

FILM TALK 2:  FINANCE & PRODUCTION during Covid – 11am Sat. Nov 14th

As if filmmaking and fundraising weren’t hard enough, award-winning writer Andy Maycock will take us through the steps he used to raise $7,500 in under 30 days to direct and produce the trailer to his feature Best Man’s Privilege.  Vinca Jarrett, a film finance Pro (she founded the company), will share what to say to investors and how to strategize your next fundraising campaign, whether a one-off or slate.  Yes, it’s challenging, yet it’s possible, even during Covid.  Other panelists tba.

VINCA JARRETT is president of FilmPro Finance, a financial consulting service for investors and producers for funding one-off films and building film slates. Vinca has worked on slate financing deals with investment banks including CIBC,  West LB, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and ICB, to introduce financiers to top tiered producers with  A-list packaged projects.    She is currently writing SHOW ME THE F#©K!NG MONEY (SMTFM): HOW TO INVEST, RAISE AND RECOUP MONEY  IN THE FILM INDUSTRYand launched the TV series of the same name in 2014 in which she interviews A-list financiers, distributors, bankers, investors,  attorneys, casting agents, and producers from around the world during Cannes, TIFF, Berlinale, and AFM. Sample SMTFM episodes can be watched at Facebook   For more see Vinca’s full bio here.

ANDY MAYCOCK‘s grand-prize-winning script THE HITCHCOCK MURDERS (NEFL 3) earned him a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, he’s been a two-time semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival, and his haunted-house thriller THREE STOREYS is currently under option. Under difficult conditions but with the help of a tremendous team, Andy finished shooting the trailer for his feature-length romantic comedy THE BEST MAN’S PRIVILEGE over the summer (see pic).   He was named a “Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2020” by the International Screenwriters Association, and teaches English at Guilderland High School.



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