Posts tagged ‘free classes’

May 20, 2013

Event: The Great American Pitchfest

gapIf you’re looking for something to do in two weeks, you can’t overlook The Great American Pitchfest.

But I’m not talking about the Pitchfest itself. Personally, I’ve never done the pitching portion of the conference. I’ve been told that it is a good way to practice pitching to professionals, but you can also practice on your friends and save several hundred dollars. Some people swear by pitchfests, but I feel like there are probably more effective ways to invest in your screenwriting career.

That said, if you’re in the area (or anywhere within a hundred miles) you have to register and show up for the Free Classes.

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April 27, 2011

Pitchfests: Are They Worth It?

This is a question that I don’t have an aswer to. And I am genuinely interested in the answer. The Great American Pitchfest is coming up in Los Angeles, and everything I’ve read says its the best of the best when it comes to pitchfests, but I’ve also read that all pitchfests are scams.

Frankly I don’t know where the truth is, and I would love some insight.

One great thing about the Great American Pitchfest is that the day before is filled with FREE classes that can be attended by anyone who registers in advance. I plan to attend some of these classes, both to learn about pitching and to hopefully meet some fellow writers.

I’ve never actually pitched a script to anyone who could do something about it, and I dread the experience. I look forward to the chance to learn a bit more about the art of pitching and hopefully take away some of the fears I associate with it.

The Pitchfest itself, on the otherhand, is an opportunity to meet dozens of producers and agents and to give them your pitch. The question is, are these 12-20 conversations worth the minimum $250 fee to get in?

If you’ve attended this or another pitchfest before, please share your experience! I’m dying to learn more, and I’m sure others are as well.