Congratulations to DFP student Diane Hodson for capturing top honors with her pitch of unmappable in the 3rd Annual RiverRun PitchFest competition. The first-place finish earned Diane, and co-director Jasmine Luoma, $500 in prize money to put towards the completion of their thesis film. Andrew Reed of UNCG took home second place award of $250.
This is the third RiverRun Pitchfest win for the DFP and the second pitch competition win for Hodson who won the New Orleans Pitch Perfect Competition in October.
The competition featured film students from the DFP, Duke, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The students pitched their documentary shorts to Kartemquin Films founder and artistic director, Gordon Quinn, actor Bill Pullman, and Senior Director of PBS Digital Studios, Matthew Graham who provided valuable feedback on pitching techniques and story development.