Have you mastered your “elevator pitch?” The ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition gives writers the chance to pitch live to industry professionals. Here’s how it works:
1. Submit your best written pitch.
2. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit a 2-minute video pitch.
3. The Top 10 finalists will pitch live and online, to a panel of A-list industry professionals.
Pitch in front of Hollywood judges who are looking to celebrate great talent.
Peabody-award winning TV Writer and Showrunner
Peabody-award winning TV Writer, Exec Producer and Showrunner Wendy Calhoun’s work includes Fox’s PRODIGAL SON, EMPIRE, ABC’s STATION 19, NASHVILLE, REVENGE, and FX’s JUSTIFIED, as well as over fourty hours of unscripted television including MONSTER HOUSE and HELL'S KITCHEN.
Literary Agent and Partner, Verve Talent Agency
Amy Retzinger is a partner at Verve, with a focus on TV writers and directors, including the artists behind PICARD, TROOP ZERO and more. She is a ReFrame ambassador for Women In Film, and proud that Verve was the first major agency to sign WGA’s Code of Conduct, and first to respond to #payuphollywood, increasing assistant pay as a means of increasing access in entertainment.
Literary Manager and Partner, World Builder Entertainment
Formerly an award-winning photojournalist and manager at Zero Gravity (Netflix’s OZARK), Marc Manus is now a partner at World Builder Entertainment, the company behind the TROLLS animated franchise, where he guides a select roster of writers and directors from around the globe.
Writer of iconic and mind-bending films such as BIRD BOX, LIGHTS OUT and ARRIVAL, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Eric Heisserer is now Exec. Producer and Showrunner for upcoming Netflix fantasy series SHADOW & BONE.
Grand Prize Winner
The overall Grand Prize winner will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers who are looking for talented emerging TV screenwriters.
The top 3 winners’ project info and log lines will be circulated and recommended to our network of over 60 Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives.
ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with representation, and staffed in writing rooms. Past ScreenCraft winners have signed with reps at CAA, WME, 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and United Talent Agency.
Personal Introduction to top literary managers
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
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RULES AND MORE
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Legal
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020.
- Entry fee for each submission (whether TV pilot or feature film) is $25 until the early deadline on August 31, 2020, then $35 until the final deadline on September 30, 2020.
- All participants must first submit a written, typed pitch of no more than 350 words. Your written pitch can include a brief description of characters, plot, themes, tone, writer background, comparable projects, etc.
- Pitches should be for scripted episodic series and feature films. Please do not pitch short films and documentaries.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
- Semifinalists will be announced on October 21, 2020. All semi-finalists will be required to submit a filmed video pitch of themselves, via private link, no later than October 26, 2020.
- Instructions for submission of video pitch will be sent only to Semifinalists. Only submissions with a filmed video pitch will be eligible to advance to the finals.
- Only 100 Semifinalists will be selected from the written submissions.
- Video can be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or any public-access video hosting platform.
- Video may be up to 3 minutes in length, given time to start/stop recording, but the pitch may be no more than 2 minutes in length.
- There is no judging criteria based on video quality other than the clear ability to see/hear the writer(s). Self-filmed pitches via your smartphone are fine.
- No additional props, guests or support materials may be in the video, only the writer(s).
- Writers should – and the judges will – consider this video pitch a rehearsal for pitching live.
- The top ten (10) finalists will be announced on November 9th, and will be invited to pitch live to the Panel of Judges, over Zoom, on Wednesday November 18th.
- Finalists must be available for the Pitch Finals online event on Weds Nov 18th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Pacific Time (PST). Finalists who are not available for the event will be disqualified.
- Winners will be selected and announced at the Finals Event on November 18th.
- Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on written document.
- If a writing team is chosen as a winner, both members of the writing team must be available to live-pitch at the Finals event.
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for free within the first 24 hours, and for a $5 re-entry fee through our submission management platform Coverfly at any time until the finalists are announced. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
- It is recommended (but not required) that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition.
- Contact info may be included on the written pitch, however it is not required.
- ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the pitches submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
- All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not (contest winnings not included).
- All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
- Material submitted to other competitions or contests may be submitted to this contest as well.
- There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
- Writers can submit a written pitch for a film or television project even if the script is not completed.
- Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
- Written material should be submitted in PDF format in clear typed text with standard font (such as Times New Roman), single spacing and normal margins.
- Title page not required.
- Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly.
- Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain. You may not pitch a script that is based on a copyrighted work that is owned by someone else.
- Written material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
- The Semifinalists will be invited to submit a simple video pitch. The video file cannot be uploaded and must be hosted on a free website such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, and easy to view with a single link.
The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality, (ii) clarity of story, (iii) story strength, and (vi) strength of presentation. The goal of an excellent pitch is to summarize the story with clarity, passion, and enough detail for the listener/reader to understand the story and yet want to learn more. The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit additional information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
- COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original intellectual property or pitch submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
- REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
- ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS SKILL-BASED CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).