Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Great American Pitchfest 10th Anniversary!

Signe Olynyk @Screenwriter12 and Bob Schultz @PitchfestBob of The Great American Pitchfest will be guesting on USA Scriptchat Sunday, May 5th at 5:00pm PST! 

SIGNE OLYNYK is President/CEO of Protagonist Pictures Inc. in Los Angeles, and Man In A Box Films. in Canada. She has associate produced two feature films, as well as written/produced several documentaries, one hour specials, tv pilots, and a six part series. Her work has been seen on the CBC, Discovery Channel, FOX, the BBC, and she has professional credits on more than 120 productions. BELOW ZERO, starring Edward Furlong (Terminator II, American History X, The Green Hornet), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Scooby Doo, Weird Science, The Devil's Rejects), and Kristin Booth (Young People F*cking, The Kennedys, Crackie) is a feature film she wrote and recently produced in Canada. Signe created and founded the Great American PitchFest, the Great British PitchFest, and the Great Canadian PitchFest as a way to help other writers meet the people they need to know for their careers to move forward. As a direct result, hundreds of writers have developed professional relationships with executives, had their scripts optioned, been hired for writing assignments, or been signed with agents or managers. The PitchFest has also allowed Signe to develop relationship with more than 1,000 industry executives around the world, and she routinely partners new writers with these companies and agencies for representation and script development.

BOB SCHULTZ has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for ten years, helping to develop a community of screenwriters and make the GAPF the #1 rated pitchfest and screenwriting conference in the world. In 2012, The Great American PitchFest crossed the Atlantic to christen The Great British PitchFest. Joining the Great Canadian PitchFest on the international scene, Bob and GAPF founder/screenwriter Signe Olynyk have grown their event – the only one of its kind created by screenwriters for screenwriters – to reflect the international marketplace for screenplays and independent film.

Bob and Signe produced the thriller BELOW ZERO, starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, American History X, The Green Hornet) and Michael Berryman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science), which has won 16 awards and been in more than 30 festivals worldwide. BELOW ZERO is currently in worldwide distribution. They are currently producing the zombie thriller BREAKDOWN LANE (written and directed by Bob), which begins principle photography this July, celebrating the Great American PitchFest’s 10th Anniversary, and the second annual Great British PitchFest for Fall, 2013 in London.

The Great American PitchFest & Screenwriting Conference returns for its tenth exciting year, May 31 – June 2, 2013 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center (2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA  91505) with more options than ever:

MASTER CLASSES: Luke Ryan from Paramount will be teaching a powerful ‘World Building’ class on becoming a professional, global screenwriter.  On The Page’s Pilar Alessandra will be helping writers whip their screenplays and pitches into shape in the popular ‘PitchFest Prep Class’, and Career Consultant, Lee Jessop will offer an intensive screenwriting master class on everything from how to get an agent, to how to launch your spec script and create a professional career.

“YOUR CAREER IN A DAY” POWER CLASSES: Immerse yourself in 15 half hour, power classes and learn everything from ‘Crafting Great Dialogue’, ‘Creating Great Villains’, and ‘Mastering Theme & Character Arcs’ to how to ‘Structure Your Screenplay’, ‘Get An Agent’, and ‘Pitch Like A Pro’.  End your day inspired and enlightened.  $120 gets you all the tools you need in one day.  Includes lunch.

PITCHING: Pitch to approximately 120 Agents, Manager, and Production Companies.  Tickets are sold to only 500 writers.  Event sells out each year.

EXECUTIVE LUNCHEONS & PARTIES: Join us for our tenth anniversary as we celebrate our biggest and best year yet.  More parties and networking opportunities than ever before!

FREE CLASSES: More than 20 free panels, workshops, and sessions with screenwriters discussing their craft, with advice and support from some of the most respected producers, agents, and studio executives in the business.  These classes are absolutely free to anyone who wishes to attend, no catch.  (Just RSVP to to attend & arrive early to ensure seating.)  Don’t miss out on our ten year celebration (or the cake!)

 Visit for details.   BE YOUR OWN PROTAGONIST – at the only screenwriting conference created BY writers FOR writers.  Join the #1 Rated PitchFest (Script Magazine) and make this your year for screenwriting success!

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