Thursday, April 28, 2011

Great American Pitchfest - Get Your Pitch On!

Regular scriptchat members have often heard me sing my praises for the Great American Pitchfest. Not only do I have deep love for its creative team, Signe Olynyk and Bob Schultz, but also for the event itself.  In my personal experience of pitching, it is indeed one of the most well run events and opportunities a screenwriter has to access producers, agents and managers.  

Great American PitchFest is a two-day event on June 4th and 5th, and will be held at the Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center with special guest lecturer, the famed screenwriting guru, Robert McKee. Seating is limited for his all-day lecture, so act fast and sign up.

Beyond McKee, that Saturday is a full day of free classes, and anyone who wishes to attend is welcome, no strings attached. One of the classes is one I’m presenting with my writing partner, Douglas A. Blackmon. We’ll be discussing Slavery by Another Name as a case study of adaptation.  Private consultation sessions are also available with a variety of industry professionals.  

Sunday is the legendary pitchfest with over 100 production companies, agents, managers, and studio execs hearing pitches.  The cost for the pitchfest is $250, but it includes all your pitches and most writers meet with an average of 20 companies.  CLICK HERE for a list participating companies.  Don’t miss the cocktail party immediately following (included in your ticket). Some of the best relationships are formed over a glass of tequila. Go figure.

Speaking of parties, if you want to show off your singing skills, pop into Screenwriter Karaoke event by our own Merrel Davis and Xandy Sussan on Saturday evening.  

If you have any questions, please either email

The tickets always sell out, so I urge you to buy yours before they’re gone.  Tickets are available for $250 on the website

Please mention that you are a part of our scriptchat community when you place your order! We want to show our love.

But no matter what, make sure you mark it in your calendars to come on out for the free classes – they’re all excellent.   Come see me on Saturday afternoon for my class or stop by the pitching tables and say hi to Zac Sanford who will be hearing pitches with Jamie Livingston at his side.  We hope to see you there!

Jeanne @jeannevb

P.S. Great TIPS for GAPF by @zacsanford: A MUST READ ... CLICK HERE

*note: the opinions presented in this post are solely those of the contributor and may or may not represent the views of all scriptchat participants*

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