Posts tagged ‘pitchfest’

June 1, 2012

Free Screenwriting Classes Tomorrow at GAPF

Don’t have plans tomorrow? You do now.

The Great American Pitchfest is happening this weekend in Burbank. Screenwriters from all around the country come to LA for this event which provides the opportunity to pitch scripts to producers, agents, and managers who are all looking for new material.

I’ve personally never participated in the pitchfest portion of the conference on Sunday — the part in which you pay lots of money to spend two minutes trying to get some bored exec to buy your script. The cost/benefit ratio has never made enough enough sense to me to invest, though apparently people get new representation or sell a script every year.

The part of this conference that is exciting to me is Saturday — a full day of free classes on writing technique, pitching methods, and networking. I attended this free day last year and came away with some valuable insights as well as a few new contacts.

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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.