The inaugural Pitch-Burgh, an opportunity for film students in the Pittsburgh region to share ideas, share resources and collaborate, was held at Point Park University's GRW Theater on February 8, 2019. More than 60 students from the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University, LaRoche College, CCAC, Robert Morris University and California University of Pennsylvania participated in the first of its kind program.
A dozen students "pitched" projects they hope to develop and bring to fruition with the help of students from the participating universities and colleges. Pitches, which ranged from short films, to feature-length films, to interactive films, to animated television series, to documentaries, also included requests for crewing, actors and resources.
In addition to the opportunity to "pitch," students networked with their peers, further strengthening the film community. Twenty-two enthusiastic University of PIttsburgh film students descended upon Point Park University's new theater, eager to interact with like-minded filmmakers.
Pitch-Burgh was the first initiative by the newly formed Pittsburgh Media Educators, a consortium comprised of the Pittsburgh Film Office and instructors, teachers and professors from the participating schools' film studies departments.
- Kevin Smith