The contest came about for a simple reason: writers want to sell their scripts and buyers that cut the check are the hardest people to get in front of- period.
While taking pitches at Cannes from writers around the world and then in Los Angeles at The 2014 Great American Pitchfest (photo insert) for a new film fund, writers commented to us that they were thrilled to be pitching to the actual money people, rather than agents, managers and producers. Often the biggest challenge for a writer is to get a script in front of the people who have the cash to buy it. All too often, scripts get passed through managers or agents, producers, actors, etc., all of whom must, in turn, pitch to the financiers that actually fund the major studio and independent films.
So, with the encouragement of writers actually pitching to us on the other side of the table, this “contest” was born. One pitchfest attendee added, “Writers would sell their kidneys for a chance to enter a contest like that.”
Well, keep the kidneys; but give the absolute best script you have. The contest is looking for exceptional, entertaining scripts in any genre that appeal to a worldwide audience.
I cannot thank you enough for this fantastic opportunity. We are so grateful. I would like to pass along a thank you e-mail to the financier for his time and his expertise on guiding us with our script. I'm in awe. We are so thankful of you.
(Site images, Our teams Cannes Market Meetings)
Our investment partners are long time inside industry professionals that also believe in sharing their knowledge to the new or more experienced. Hence some of the invaluable prizes here are the one-on-one phone conferences with actual studio level investors and fund managers.
Recent career day in L.A. at Sierra Vista sharing what film financiers do.
Volunteering in the holiday charity care package assembly day.
Thank you to the screenwriters groups, investor partners and financial instituions that provide feedback and participation at each stage.