David Minnihan ’07 Nets People’s Choice Award for Best Film Pitch

David Minnihan (BA, Media Communications, 2007) will receive a People’s Choice Award as winner of the American Film Market’s 2009 Favorite Film Pitch contest.

Tens of thousands of people voted online at www.peopleschoice.com to select Minnihan’s pitch for “Father John,” an the adventure spy drama produced by Minnihan and written by Steven G. Long. Additionally, Minnihan will receive an AFM 2010 package that includes full access for two to the AFM; airfare for two to Los Angeles; hotel for five nights in Santa Monica; and scheduled meetings with producers and distributors.

According to Hollywood Revealed:

AFM teamed with the People’s Choice Awards to create the Favorite Film Pitch contest, providing an increased opportunity to get film pitches in front of producers, distributors and, in a unique twist, the voting public.

Submissions to the first Favorite Film Pitch contest were recorded live Nov. 7-10, 2009, at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Each pitch was limited to two-and-a-half minutes and the five finalists were chosen by a group of industry leaders. During the 2010 People’s Choice Awards broadcast Jan. 6 on the CBS Television Network, fans were invited to vote exclusively online for their favorite pitch video.

Minnihan’s diverse media career ranges from supervising the casting of extras for Merchant Ivory Productions’ “The White Countess” to serving as a screenwriter and director for Shanghai’s Meiwenti Productions. He has also worked as an event videographer in the U.S., had his writing published in the world-renowned Senses of Cinema journal, and served as writer and editor for China’s national Dragon TV.

AFM is the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those that haven’t started shooting yet — making AFM the must-attend industry event.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing the world’s producers and distributors of independent motion pictures and television programs.