Welcome To The Great British Pitchfest at the London Screenwriters’ Festival
What is it? An opportunity to meet and chat with powerful Agents, Executives and active Producers; the people who have the power to make your projects happen. It’s exciting, fun and could change your career forever!
UPDATE: We have now confirmed that the The Hollywood Pitch via Skype will return this year. During this session delegates can Skype live with Execs in Los Angeles and chat face to face.
Who wants to hear YOUR pitch?
Sixty professionals from over 50 companies heard pitches in 2016 leading to hundreds of script requests. Execs, Producers, Directors and Agents attended from these companies in 2013, 14, 15 and 16.
Everybody I pitched to was great. Even if my project wasn’t for them, they were happy to offer me advice.
The Pitchfest Booking System will go live at midday (12 noon UK time) on 9th Sept. Delegates will get an email about how to book their session nearer the time.
As an LSF delegate, you have the opportunity to pitch your project to agents, producers or commissioners in one of our pitching sessions.
This means face-to-face time with the very people who could launch your career, option your script or offer insight into your projects and how to improve your pitching techniques.
We fly in top talent from Hollywood who will be joined by the cream of the British TV and Film industry, as well as hungry and emerging producers looking for new relationships.
So do you want to pitch YOUR idea at the Great British Pitchfest? NOTE places are limited and competition is fierce so please be ready to book your desired slot on the day the sessions go live.
- Buy your pass to the festival.
- Check out the producers, execs and agents and make a list of who you would like to pitch too (list of pitchees goes live in August.)
- 9th Sept at midday, the Pitch Fest booking system goes live (you will be sent this link in an email).
- Login and select your chosen session based on who you want to pitch to. YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE NINETY MINUTE SLOT ONLY.
- NOTE – Slots go VERY quickly once the booking system goes live.
- You are now booked into the Great British Pitchfest and you will have a time slot and list of pitchees.
- Get researching your pitchees and rehearsing your pitch!
- Check you have enough business cards.
Next, on Thursday BEFORE the festival, September 14th we host Pitching Thursday, a full evening of pitch training with Pilar Alessandra – passes for LSF delegates are on sale now. GET YOURS HERE.
Additionally, on Saturday 5th August this year we are running an unmissable ‘Perfect Your Pitch’ workshop with the Pitchmaster himself Bob Schultz (founder of Scripfest in LA). Passes for LSF delegates are on sale now. GET YOURS HERE.
- Turn up on time to your pitching session.
- There will be ten execs, producers or agents present for you to pitch to.
- There will be 30 delegates pitching.
- The session lasts 90 minutes.
- There will be a queue for each pitchee, choose who you want to pitch and get in line.
- Once you have pitched, choose who you want to pitch to next and get in line.
- Do the maths and you will get between 3 and 8 pitches depending on which queues you join.
- Get there early to be first in line!
- After each session, if a pitchee wants to discuss your project more, it’s up to you to get contact details and follow up. WE WILL NOT SUPPLY CONTACT DETAILS LATER.
I have come away inspired, energized, and equipped with a whole load of new tools both for writing and for pulling off the tricky business of selling my skills as a writer.
Adam Preston, Screenwriter
What do our Execs think of the Great British Pitchfest?
‘The passion of these writers is an inspiration and a timely reminder (for me) of their importance. I will be sifting through every pitch page I was given during the run-up to Christmas. I know there are at least 3 which piqued enough interest for a legitimate follow-up.’
Daniel O’toole – Producer, Reel Art Media, Pinewood Studios
‘It was amazing, and one of the best festivals that I have ever had the pleasure of attending. I feel like there was great talent there… And I hope to find a client or so!!’
Agent at The Gersh Agency, Hollywood
‘It’s simply one of the best festivals I’ve been to because it’s all about the delegates — tremendous opportunities to pitch and network as well as great information in the sessions. It’s the sort of weekend that’s designed to make a difference, and it really follows through on that promise’ Luke Ryan, Paramount