14th HOLLYWOOD PITCH FESTIVAL

23 06 2010

From July 31 to August 1, 2010 in the very heart of Hollywood, California is the 14th Annual HOLLYWOOD PITCH FESTIVAL. Sponsored by Fade In Magazine, the Hollywood Pitch Festival brings together more than 200 major film and TV industry players, including studio, development, and creative executives, as well as producers, casting directors, agents, and managers. Emerging filmmakers, screenwriters, novelists and on-camera talent attend the Pitch Fest to take one-on-one, seven-minute-long meetings to make vital industry connections and directly present screenplays, books, ideas, and more, to the Pitch Fest’s illustrious roster of decision-makers. While the Pitch Fest schedule is entirely dedicated to pitch meetings, this year’s event also includes one complimentary pitch class to help participants hone their presentations, as well as the opportunity to network at a cocktail party.

The New York Times hails the Pitch Fest as the industry’s “answer to speed dating,” and adds that it offers “a rare chance to breach the barricades that bar the door to Hollywood; many of the companies involved – UTA, CAA, WME, ICM, Paramount, HBO, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, etc. – normally refuse to accept unsolicited ideas or scripts.” Previous participants have had tremendous success, with over 300 gaining agency and management representation and more than 100 screenplays sold and optioned, including BORN TO SHOP (Fox), THE MEDDLERS (Warner Bros.), DOGGY STYLE (Silver Lion Pictures), CROSSING THE LINE (Trancas Films), and IF ONLY (ABC).

UPCOMING DEADLINE

July 23, 2010 – Final Day to Register!

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Screenplay Competition at DC Film Festival – an interesting concept / Competencia de guiones, un concepto interesante!

13 09 2008

Today I visited the DC Shorts Film Festival premises again, this time to see a Screenplay Competition where  six screenplays were read live by its authors and actors performed the roles in the script. After seeing all the screenplays, the public is asked to vote via text message… the one that got the majority of votes received a prize in money to film the short and secured its participation in the 2009 edition of the DC Shorts Film Festival. This year the participants were: “The note” (drama), “Shiva” (comedy), “Two lines and a stick” (comedy), “Taco Mary” (comedy), “Geronimo’s last ride” (drama), “Last drag” (drama). The winner of the Screenplay Competition was Taco Mary written and directed by Mary Novak, the one I voted for! :}

Hoy visite las salas del DC Shorts Film Festival nuevamente, esta vez para ver una competencia de guiones donde seis guiones fueron leidos por sus autores mientras actores actuaban los roles del guion. Despues de ver todos los guiones, el publico debia votar por medio de mensajes de texto… el que obtenia la mayoria de votos recibia un premio en dinero para filmar el corto y tenia ademas la posibilidad de participar en la edicion 2009 del festival. Este año los participantes fueron: “The note” (drama), “Shiva” (comedia), “Two lines and a stick” (comedia), “Taco Mary” (comedia), “Geronimo’s last ride” (drama), “Last drag” (drama). El ganador de la competencia fue Taco Mary escrito y dirigido por Mary Novak, que fue el que yo vote! :}