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Screenwriting Pitchfests 101 - 4 Things Every Screenwriter Should Know About Pitchfests

Sceenwriting pitchfests are the latest way for newbie film scribes to ply their wares to the film industry. But are they worth the expense? Former screenplay reader, Michael Rogan, offers tips every screenwriter should know about pitchfests.


San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/02/2015 -- Screenwriting pitchfests, in which screenwriters literally "pitch" their story to story development executives, have become a mainstay in many screenplay contests and screenwriter conferences.

But with a hefty price tag of $75 (and up) many screenwriters are left wondering is all the time and expense worth the price of admission. According to Michael Rogan, former screenplay reader, and author of "How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn't Suck" it depends on a screenwriter's ability - and expectations.

"The chances are pretty remote that a screenwriter will be able to sell a screenplay, on the spot, to somebody during a pitchfest," said Rogan. "Especially if that story pitch is average or mediocre."

And that, according to Rogan, is the major problem. Most story pitches simply aren't interesting or dynamic enough for producers, agents and executives to be interested in.

That being said, Rogan does feel there are many benefits of a screenwriting pitchfest that don't directly relate to a screenplay sale.

"Being forced to condense your story in its most basic, yet vital, elements is a great exercise. As is pitching your story in front of total strangers," said Rogan. "If a screenwriter goes in with the right attitude, and super low expectations, then pitchfests can not only be fun, but they can also be a stepping stone to a professional screenwriting career."

"And that's well worth a hundred bucks."

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