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The Napa Valley Film Festival Pitch Panel Contest is Now Accepting Submissions

The Napa Valley Film Festival Pitch Panel Contest is Now Accepting Submissions

The NVFF Pitch Panel Contest connects new writers and filmmakers with the industry’s best creative executives and producers in a 2­Day competition set to
discover the next blockbuster film or hit TV series. 20 semi­finalists will be invited to Thursday’s “boot camp” with producer & pitch writer, Scott
Manville, and our very own industry veteran, Peter Belsito, to learn the ins-­and­-outs of successfully pitching a new TV or film project. They’ll provide feedback and
advice for honing each pitch, and ultimately select 10 finalists to attend Sunday’s “Final Pitch” event with executives from The Weinstein Company ​and

Deadline is October 15 and the fee to submit is $15 per entry

Submit via FilmFreeway HERE

Winner Receives:

-Invitation to present their winning pitch to the development and production team at The
Weinstein Company in Los Angeles.
-$1000 cash prize provided by Scott Manville of Manville Media Ventures, Inc
-Also provided by Scott will be a
one-­on­-one lunch meeting in Beverly Hills with Robert
Kosberg, Executive Producer of such films as “12 Monkeys” (Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis), and “The Hardy Men” (Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller). Considered by former
Paramount Pictures CEO, Sherry Lansing as being “the best pitch man in town,” this will be a unique opportunity to make a connection for your career, and
learn from one of the best pitch men in the business.

Top 10 Finalists Receive:

-Invitation to pitch Weinstein Co. & Netflix executives in Sunday’s Final.
-Complimentary 1­Year Membership & listing for your pitch at i​ ​­the industry’s newest marketplace online for filmmakers, writers, and producers.

Top 20 Semifinalists Receive:

-Invitation to Thursday’s “boot camp” and pitch competition semi­finals.
-Complimentary full five ­day ​Festival Pass​for
the Festival. (Any additional passes must
be purchased. Semi­finalists will also be responsible for their own lodging and travel.)

Other Important Details to Know:

-Any genre for Movie or Television accepted.

-Submit your Title, Genre, Logline (50 words max), and brief Synopsis of your pitch (150 words max) in a Word Document or PDF.

-Submit as many pitches as you’d like, but be sure they’re highly original.
-Be prepared to communicate your pitch in under 2 minutes. You will be
allowed to read
off your page.
-Top 20 semi­finalists will be notified on October 23, 2015 in order to provide ample time
to secure travel and lodging to the festival. 
-Gain insider advice on how to pitch via NVFF Pitch Panel judge Scott Manville’s
“REELTALK” column: ​Insider Advice on Creating & Pitching for TV and Film.

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