CANCELLED — Pitching Your Story

Pitching your story to funders, commissioners, festivals or media platforms is no easy task, but it’s something every successful journalist and filmmaker needs to learn to do.




This workshop focuses on the importance of writing in communicating your idea, and provides guidelines to writing and pitching effective proposals and synopses. Developing the proposal for a story helps filmmakers and journalists explore the narrative and characters, and clarify exactly what they want to achieve in their piece. The developed proposal then becomes an essential promotional and selling tool, paving the way for funders, distributors, platforms and audiences to engage with and support the piece.

Executive Producer Dominique Young will guide you through this intensive workshop where you will learn how to write and pitch your proposals, and gain invaluable insights into how commissioners work with filmmakers and journalists over the course of a production.



1) You are an emerging journalist or documentary filmmaker who wants to learn to pitch your stories to commissioners, media outlets, festivals or funders.

2) You are an experienced journalist or documentary filmmaker but have had limited success with pitching your ideas and want to improve your skills.

3) You are looking to develop a specific pitch or proposal with the support of an expert and peers.



Dominique Young
Dominique is an Executive Producer in international documentary and factual programming. For many years she was Senior Commissioning Producer for the Witness, the observational documentary strand on Al Jazeera English, executive producing programming from Africa and the Middle East with an emphasis on developing young, regional documentary makers. She was also International Executive Producer at Zinc Network, a production and communications company specialising in social change campaigns, overseeing all international filmed output for online platforms. Dominique is one of the Mentors for the Global Short Docs Forum, a One World Media initiative for filmmakers working on short documentaries.



Workshops are held at our offices in central London and cost £35 to attend (early bird price: £25).

To encourage equal opportunities we have a limited number of discounted tickets for BAME and low income participants. Discounted tickets are allocated to selected applicants before the early bird deadline. If you would like to be considered for one of these places, please fill in this form.