185 tried, 20 were selected, 4 won. They are the young authors who dream of becoming protagonists in the audiovisual and publishing industry. Yesterday, the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, took part in the third edition of Milano Pitch, presenting i their projects to publishing companies and television and film production houses.
Divided into 4 categories – Children’s Fiction and Graphic Novel, Adult Fiction, Cinema and Series – the works can now become books, feature films, fiction. The companies that could adopt them are: Zero2, Cinemaundici, DeAgostini, Disney +, Eliseo Entertainment, Indiana, EFFE TV, Kids Me, Lux Vide, MareMosso, Mediaset, Netflix, RAI Fiction, Red Joint Film, Rigotz Stories, Sky, Titanus for TV and cinema, Il Battello a Vapore , Bookabook, BUR, DeAgostini Libri, Fabbri Editori, HarperCollins, Mondadori Ragazzi, PNLA, Rizzoli, Sperling & Kupfer, Storytel for publishing.
In the meantime, the winners – selected by Mario Ruggeri, Walter Leonardi, Alessandro D’Avenia and Francesco Gungui – were awarded a grant of 2,000 euros each, offered by the Master in International Screenwriting and Production of theCatholic University, among the creators and organizers of Milano Pitch, together with the Luchino Visconti Civic School of Cinema and Studio Noesis.
Milano Pitch is part of the ‘StoryLab’ project, which wants to boost audiovisual and publishing in Lombardy, with the entry of new authors and which is directed by the Cattolica professor Armando Fumagalli, with Minnie Ferrara, director of the Civica di cinema Luchino Visconti.
Fumagalli says: “The number of projects that arrive, always growing, demonstrates the desire to tell new stories on the part of young people, and this responds to the great demand from the entertainment industry, always looking for new names on which invest. In Milan there are more and more training opportunities: alongside the Master in International Screenwriting and Production, for 20 years a hotbed of screenwriters that attracts students from all over the world, in recent months we have inaugurated the new master’s degree course at the Catholic University ‘The Art and Industry of Narration: From Literature to Cinema and Tv ‘, to train professionals and editors of written and audiovisual narration ”.
A new training offer also comes from the Civica directed by Minnie Ferrara: “At the end of March we launched the new Master in Series Development – Creative development and production of seriality, created with the support of Netflix, to train one of the most requested key figures in the field of seriality, the Development Executive. It is estimated that around 2,000 series are produced annually in the world, in Italy Netflix alone has launched 5 new seasons and wants to double the number by 2022 ”.
The positive signs for writing also affect publishing, and – he says Maura Bergamaschi, owner Noesis – “the synergy between the publishing and audiovisual world is becoming more and more interconnected and important. If historically it was the audiovisual industry that took stories from books, now the opposite trend is also increasingly affirmed, with the expansion of the book market that comes from visual projects ”.