ScreenCraft Virtual PitchSubscribe
- 1. Submit your best elevator pitch - a written, typed pitch of no more than 350 words.
2. Semifinalists will be asked to submit a 2-minute video pitch.
3. The selected finalists will pitch virtually to a panel of A-list industry professionals.
Creative Executive, ARRAY
Originally from Mexico City, Andrés got his MFA in Creative Producing from Columbia University before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2019. Andres got his start in the CAA mailroom, eventually moving up to assistant to 2 agents in the TV scripted department. Following his passion for producing and telling stories, he moved to ARRAY Filmworks as their Coordinator of Development and Production and has since been promoted to Creative Executive.
Manager & CEO, Story Driven
Story Driven is a management and production company helmed by CEO Peter Katz. Story Driven clients have worked with studios and streamers including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Universal, Lionsgate, Orion TV, A&E Studios, Landmark Studio Group and Stage 13. Story Driven clients have worked with production companies including Atomic Monster, Gunpowder & Sky, 87Eleven Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures. Story Driven clients have screened their films at festivals including SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, TIFF, AFI Fest and Fantastic Fest.
TV Development, Brownstone Productions
Maddy Farkas is on the TV development team at Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions. She works on projects such as Peacock’s PITCH PERFECT: BUMPER IN BERLIN and the upcoming Fox animated series BEDROCK, among many other exciting projects across both comedy and drama.
Literary Manager & Partner, Empirical Evidence
A former sports journalist covering U.S. Soccer, MLB, and the NBA, Seco began his Hollywood career in 2013 at Resolution. He later joined CAA where he worked in the motion picture literary department before venturing into literary management at Writ Large as a coordinator/junior manager. After a series of consulting jobs including a stop at Netflix in its original film department, Seco joined Schemers Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. Currently, Seco is a literary manager and partner at Empirical Evidence, a literary creative company founded by Derrick Eppich. Seco is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida as well as a cancer survivor.
Writer, Producer, ABBOTT ELEMENTARY
Originally from Chicago, Brittani Nichols is an WGA nominated and NAACP Image Award winning writer, actor, and comedian living in Los Angeles. Suicide Kale, the feature she produced, wrote, and starred, won numerous awards including the Audience Award at Outfest and Newfest. Brittani has appeared on the Emmy-nominated television shows, Transparent and A Black Lady Sketch Show, and her writing credits include Drop the Mic, Take My Wife, and A Black Lady Sketch Show. Presently, she is developing a show with Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes at Netflix and is a producer and writer on ABC's Emmy-nominated hit show, Abbott Elementary. She enjoys playing basketball, her air fryer, and complicated board games.
The overall Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 prize, and will be welcomed into 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.
Fall 2023 Semifinalists on Coverfly
- • 350-word pitch submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
- •Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
•There is no optional feedback option from a professional reader applicable to this competition.
•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. Any submission of more than 350 words will be disqualified from the competition.
•Pitches should be for feature films and episodic series only. Please do not pitch a short film.
•There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
•All semi-finalists will be required to submit a filmed video pitch of themselves, via a private link.
•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.
•Semifinalists will be selected from the written submissions.
•Video submission guidelines for Semifinalists:
a) Video can be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or any public-access video hosting platform.
b) Video must be 3 minutes or less in total, including stop/start time and a brief introduction. We ask that the pitch itself be no more than 2 minutes, but if you go over by a few seconds you will not be automatically disqualified.
c) 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.
d) No additional props, guests or support materials may be in the video, only the writer(s).
e) Writers should - and the judges will - consider this video pitch a rehearsal for pitching live.
•The finalists will be invited to pitch live to the Panel of Judges, over Zoom.
•Finalists must be available for the Pitch Finals online event. Finalists who are not available for the event will be disqualified.
•Winners will be selected and announced at the Finals Event .
•Pitch 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).
•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.
•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 pitch, however, it is not required.
•ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
•The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
•ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
•ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
•For detailed terms and conditions, please visit ScreenCraft's Virtual Pitch Competition Page.