Unknown Writers Get a Chance at Screenplay Stardom at Great American Pitchfest

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Great American Pitchfest offers movie producer connections and exciting new contest.

For an aspiring screenwriter, producer or director, the hardest part of selling their idea is getting in the door to the right people. Even then, it can be difficult to get their undivided attention.

Not so at the upcoming The Great American Pitchfest on April 28-30, 2006, where more than 70 influential industry decision-makers will be in one room specifically for this purpose. These high-powered players will eagerly hear hundreds of five-minute pitches in a format similar to "speed-dating". Talented, yet unknown individuals, will come to these meetings prepared by a number of workshops and training sessions mixed into the Pitchfest schedule beforehand.

Pitchfest producer Signe Olynyk of Alberta confirms that the following highly respected Hollywood companies will be in attendance:

Maverick Films (Madonna's Company), Original Artists (Literary Agency), FOX, Marilyn Atlas Management, Clifford Werber (A Cinderella Story), Crystal Lake Entertainment (Jason VS Freddy, Friday the 13th), Epigram (Spy Hard, Fools Rush In), John Baldecchi Productions (Simon Birch, The Mexican), Lancaster Gate (Grumpy Old Men), National Lampoon (Animal House, Vacation), Robert Evans Company (The Godfather, How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days), Guy Walks Into A Bar Productions (Elf), The Donners Company (Lethal Weapon, Sleeples in Seattle), Ron Shusett Productions (Alien, The Terminator), HBO, and more. To view a full listing, please visit http://www.pitchfest.com/decision_makers.shtml.

"There is a ratio of one decision-maker for every six attendees," says Olynyk. "Emerging writers come from all over the world because of this ratio. Many have their scripts optioned, are signed by agents, or find producing partners. At least two reality series have been produced as a result of the Pitchfest, one feature film, and two television series."

The Great American PitchFest has partnered with LA based, Production Headquarters, to award a prize valued at $25,000 (US) to one pitchfest participant. The prize includes:

production of a trailer for the best script or concept (all film & TV projects will be considered)

producer attachment with Production Headquarters & Protagonist Pictures/Twilight Pictures Inc.

agency & management representation

consideration of a distribution agreement & full production of your project

Participants may enter as many scripts and concepts as they like. To enter, participants must be registered for the pitchfest and submit their entries by noon on April 30th.

Other activities at the three day Pitchfest include a trade show, "doing lunch" with Agents & other Industry Executives and a speaker series featuring Simon Kinbergh; the screenwriter of the hit movie "Mr & Mrs Smith". There will also be the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award, which last year honored Ray Bradbury. "The award celebrates excellence in the Arts and honors those who have shown an ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of people's lives," says Gary Young, Executive Director of The Lifetime Achievement Foundation.

WHEN: The Great American Pitchfest runs from April 28-30, 2006

WHERE: Sheraton Hotel at Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA.

HOW: Tickets are $350 and include workshops, training sessions, networking events, the PitchFest, and parties on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-255-2528.

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