The Hollywood Pitch Festival is the longest-running “pitchfest” in the world. Conceptualized eighteen years ago by Fade In magazine founder Audrey Kelly (the word “pitchfest” was coined by Ms. Kelly in 1994), the event features over 200 prominent Hollywood studios, agencies, producers, management and production companies and is 100% dedicated to pitch meetings – approximately 19 hours over the course of two days. Each year, the festival produces top agency and management signings, national press coverage (such as the New York Times, World News Tonight and The Tonight Show) and front-page Variety and Hollywood Reporter sales and options. In fact, of the 74 pitch events Fade In has produced over the last 20 years, it’s been the catalyst for over 300 aspiring writers/filmmakers to find representation and land deals with major studios, major stars and prominent producers.
Over the last decade, the Hollywood Pitch Festival sparked a phenomenon that resulted in hundreds of copycat events worldwide but none of them have been able to assemble the caliber or quantity of Hollywood heavyweights that come out each year for the HPF. Several of these emulators have to bribe assistants and interns from production companies [several companies we’ve never heard of that are not WGA Signatory!] with $100 stipends just to show up. Attendees of the Hollywood Pitch Festival can rest assured that the VIPs attending its pitchfest do so because they are actively looking for material and new talent not a paycheck. The Hollywood Pitch Festival prides itself on not nickel and diming writers for lunches, master classes and private consultations. HPF tickets include a master class on pitching, lunch and private, one-on-one pitch coaching via Skype video before the event, in addition to unlimited pitch meetings. More importantly, our ratio of Hollywood buyers and representatives is 1:1 not 5:1. That’s right, 200+ buyers/reps for 200 attendees. When we say we keep the ratio of executives to participants high we mean it.
We also believe writers should be given the respect of having scheduled one-on-one meetings, just like the pros, so that you are able to know, in advance, which companies you will be meeting with. This also allows you to prepare and tailor your pitch for each company, amend if need be and attend each meeting in a more relaxed state of mind. Attendees of the Hollywood Pitch Festival are able to spread their 30-40 meetings over the course of two days not try to cram a lesser amount of 12-20 meetings in 3-5 hours.
The Hollywood Pitch Festival believes in a high quality event. That’s why, each year, you’ll meet with the top studios, networks, production companies, financiers and agencies only at the Hollywood Pitch Festival.
We hope to see you there…