What is it?
ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest have joined forces to create the ultimate screenwriting event.
ScriptFest is a conference that kicks off on Friday night with a master class intensive, followed by a full day of screenwriting panels, workshops, roundtables, networking parties, and our latest addition of the Pitch Alley (pitch to executives on Saturday AND Sunday) – all day Saturday.
The Great American PitchFest is held on Sunday, featuring approximately 100 production companies, agents, managers, and other industry professionals seeking material to option, and writers to hire, manage, and represent. Find the connections you need and develop the skills for your screenwriting career to move forward during this life changing weekend.
Friday, May 20 – Master Class & Opening Night Reception
Saturday, May 21 – dozens of classes & panels as well as several half day master classes, parties, and other events for writers. You can also pitch in our new PITCH ALLEY where dozens of execs will be available to hear your pitch.
Sunday, May 22 – a full day of pitch meetings for writers with Agents, Managers, Production Companies, Investors, Distributors, & other industry professionals, as well as our Executive Luncheon, and the Sweet Taste of Success Cocktail Party.
Why Should I Attend?
Writers who have attended have:
- Had scripts optioned
- Signed with agents & managers
- Been hired as writers
- Developed coproduction partnerships
- Found writing and producing partners
- Created a support network & friendships with other writers, producers, directors, and industry professionals
- Developed their skills as a writer
- Made crucial industry contacts
Hollywood is about relationships. During ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest, deals are struck, partnerships are formed, and writing careers are launched. If you don’t know anyone in Hollywood, you certainly will by the end of the weekend. Attending this weekend is a life-changing event, and can be the single best thing you can do towards building your screenwriting career.
Who Should Attend?
Writers, Producers, Directors, and anyone with a project to pitch should not miss out on this event. Even if you do not have a show to pitch, it is an opportunity to introduce yourself or your company, and begin the important process of building professional relationships. If you want to learn how to write a script, pitch, or become a better writer, our classes are perfect for you.
Where And When?
May 20 – 22, 2016
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center
2500 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
May 20, Friday – Registration, Master Class & Opening Night Reception
May 21, Saturday – Registration, ScriptFest Saturday Conference, Pitch Alley, Parties
May 22, Sunday – The Great American PitchFest
How Do I Register?
Please look at all the details on our package page - click here.
If you plan to pitch, please register early. Only 500 tickets are available (no exceptions). We sell out every year. Click here to register.
If you only want to attend ScriptFest Saturday (which are all included in PitchFest Pass Tickets & Master Class Tickets), please click here.
What Are The Hours Of On-Site Registration? Where Do I Go?
All registration and events occur at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center (2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505), May 20 – 22, 2016
You will require a badge to attend all events, so please allow adequate time to visit Registration before your first class, panel, or Private Consultation.
The Registration Desk is open:
Friday, May 20, 2016 : 2pm – 8pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 : 8:30am – 8pm
Sunday, May 22, 2016 : 10am – 6pm
What Happens At Registration?
Pick up your name tag and lanyard, as well as conference materials and complimentary goodie bags. Our team is ready and available to answer any questions you might have. You may also purchase tickets to the pitchfest, luncheon, private consultations, and any other events at the registration desk if still available (we encourage you to purchase online before tickets are sold out.)
What Is The Executive Luncheon?
Don’t miss one of our most popular networking events, held on Sunday, May 22, where you dine with a table of industry execs for an entire hour, and enjoy a delicious, three course meal with your new best friends in the biz (Approximately 2-4 Execs and 2-4 Writers per table). Approximately 100 Executives attend this luncheon, with only 100 luncheon tickets available to writers. You must be registered for the Great American PitchFest and have a lunch ticket to attend. The luncheon sells out, so please purchase your ticket early to avoid disappointment.
I Would Like To Arrange A Tradeshow Booth. How Do I Go About This?
Please use our Contact Us form and select “I am interested in being a vendor at the Trade Show” if you are interested in having a booth. Our Coordinator will be in touch shortly.
What Should I Wear?
Participants are encouraged to wear casual business wear (i.e. khaki pants). Dress “smart”. Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet and walking around for large parts of the day. It is not necessary to wear a suit or dress, although it is not inappropriate either. It is also common and acceptable for participants at pitching events to wear costumes that relate to the projects they are pitching (i.e. a Mad Scientist costume for a children’s science series), but we caution you against doing it if there is a risk of seriously distracting from your pitch.
What Can I Do To Make The Most Of My PitchFest Experience?
Here are a few suggestions to make your pitching event as successful as possible:
- Register and pick up your registration package early. Packages will be available at the Registration Desk of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center (2500 N. Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505)
- Attend as many training sessions as possible so you can apply what you learn to your pitch meetings.
- Prioritize who you want to meet with; try to have at least two ‘practice’ pitch meetings with others before meeting with the person you want to meet with the most.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You will be standing and walking a lot throughout this event.
- Checklist of things to bring with you: lots of business cards, onesheets, breath mints, bottled water, and snacks (powerbars, etc).
- Be professional and positive at all times, especially in the lines. You never know if you are standing next to a potential co-producer or business partner.
- Copyright your pitch, script, and/or idea with the Library of Congress, and seek legal advice about protecting the ownerships of your material/ideas.
- Be sure to fill out a comment card and let us know what else we can do to make ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest even better!
Most importantly, HAVE FUN! And please, let the PitchFest crew know if there is anything we can do to assist you.
May I Leave Behind ‘Onesheets’ Or ‘Leave Behinds’ Such As A Business Card, Etc.?
Absolutely! Onesheets, business cards, and similar items are often used as ‘selling tools’ and are a great way to present your material to a company.
Although they are not necessary to a great pitch, you may choose to supplement your pitch meeting with a onesheet – which are similar to a ‘flyer’ or movie poster to communicate your concept in a one page sheet, or as a double-sided document. Many industry executives like onesheets because they provide a visual reference to your story or idea, and it makes it easier for them to then present to their colleagues and other executives when pitching it at the office or at a studio. It is important to note that no matter how polished and professional a business card, onesheet, or any other type of presentation document, it cannot replace a great script or pitch.
How Do I Protect Myself, And My Script/Idea From Being Stolen?
Many new writers are so concerned that their ideas will be stolen that they are hesitant to pitch, but film is a collaborative medium. Without sharing your ideas, your project will never get any further than your hard drive.
Although we are not able to offer legal advice, we encourage and suggest you to seek legal counsel to ensure you are protected as much as possible. The following basic efforts are in everyone’s best interest, and generally required before a company will even review your work:
- Register your material with the WGA. For pricing and other details, visit www.wga.org.
- You will also want to register your material with the Copyright office www.copyright.gov.
- Maintain a paper trail to track who you pitched, what you discussed, what was submitted, and record dates for all activities (ie meetings, phone calls, etc.). For an extra layer of protection, you may choose to send material through a third party, such as an agent, manager, or entertainment attorney. This helps to ensure you have a witness who can back up your claim.
All of the individuals you meet at the Great American PitchFest are professionals who are carefully screened, and it is highly unlikely that your script or idea would ever be ‘stolen’. The reputations and careers of these people would be at risk if they were to intentionally steal an idea. In addition, the cost of fighting a lawsuit would be much greater than simply buying your script and sticking it in a drawer. Your best protection is to seek legal counsel, and at a minimum, follow our suggestions as indicated above.
Who Are The Companies And What Are They Looking To Buy?
Our companies are all carefully screened, and only the most credible companies in the industry are invited to hear pitches. They may include:
- Distributors & Sales Agents
- Production Companies
- Funding Organizations & Investors
- Broadcasters & Networks
How Do I Prepare For Each Meeting?
A full profile for each company is available online in advance of the PitchFest, and is also published and distributed to each participant as an electronic booklet. A hard copy is available for purchase.
This profile booklet outlines what each company has produced in the past, what they are looking for at present, specific information regarding stars they have relationships with, directors they work with, and a wide variety of other pertinent information. It is the most thorough such resource in the industry.
When Can I Learn Which Companies Are Attending?
Invitations to the companies hearing pitches are sent out approximately six weeks before the event, and profiles are added to the website as they are completed here.
If you are interested in seeing a particular company attend, please let us know and we will make every effort to invite them. Please email us the name of any particular company you would like to see at the Great American PitchFest, and preferably a website, phone, fax number, and/or address if possible.
At Other Events, I’m Used To Having To ‘Signup’ For Meetings, And Often Have To Pay For Each Pitch. How Is The Great American PitchFest Different?
At the Great American PitchFest, there is no signup process. You simply meet with as many companies as you wish, and whichever ones you choose. It’s that simple. You just get in line and meet with whoever you wish. You pay one price which allows you full access to the PitchFest, where you can pitch as many companies as you like. Most people pitch between 12 – 20 meetings.
How Long Is Each Pitch Meeting?
Generally each meeting is five minutes long in length. However, if the executive you are meeting with wants more time with you, they are welcome to meet with you as long as they wish. We simply ‘hold the line’ until the executive is ready for the next person. Meetings can be as long as the executive wants them to be.
This ‘Line Up’ System Sounds Like I Will Be Standing In Line All Day – Will I?
Not at all. For every five participants who attend the PitchFest, we invite another company to hear pitches. This guarantees that the lines are never very long. Because the ratio of participants to companies is low, this means you never have to wait very long to meet with anyone. Some companies may be more in demand than others, so their lines may become slightly longer, leaving other lines very short with minimum or no waits. As our registration grows, the number of invited companies is also increased so that lines are consistently short. Often, some of the most beneficial relationships are formed in these lines, providing further opportunities to network and seek potential co-producers.
Can More Than One Person Share A Meeting?
Yes. Sometimes two or more people will want to pitch together (i.e. writing teams). They simply share a place in line, and then enter the pitching room together.
What Conference Classes Are Being Offered This Year?
We are hard at work on the awesome lineup speakers and classes – all details will be updated very soon, so please keep checking back
Who Are The Guest Speakers Teaching This Year?
What Are Private Consultations? Why Would I Need Them?
You can meet private for a half hour meeting with one of our guest speakers. Ask them for advice, to review the first page of your script, or practice your pitch on them – whatever you like. It’s your meeting, so use it however you like. Private Consultations are available on a first purchased, first booked basis. Once you have purchased your Private Consultation, a representative from the PitchFest will contact you to schedule your meeting as the event draws closer (approximately two weeks before the event).
Who Are The Guest Speakers Doing Private Consultations This Year?
What Are The Master Classes?
Master Classes are half day (or evening) sessions with the best teachers in the business. Past instructors have included industry leaders such as Robert McKee (“Robert McKee’s Story Seminar”), Syd Field (“Screenplay”), Dr. Linda Seger (Author, “Making A Good Script Great”), Blake Snyder (“Save The Cat”), Michael Hauge (Author, “Writing Screenplays That Sell”) and our very favorite, Pilar Alessandra (“On The Page”).
Taking a half-day workshop with one of these masters will help you to elevate your craft, and master your own story.
What Is The Friday Night Master Class And Who Is Teaching?
Pilar Alessandra will be presenting Coffee Break Screenwriter: The Master Class.
Have A Question? Need To Contact Us?
Submit the form on our contact page. Please be as detailed as possible.
Who Are You Guys?
We are a group of writers and producers dedicated to helping others to get their scripts and projects produced. Your success is also ours, and we are very proud to have helped many of our writers achieve their screenwriting goals.