The Hollywood Pitch – Hollywood Returns to Pittsburgh for the Film Factory

This is one of my favorite events that I attended last year.  I have long been a fan of Carl Kurlander and I think that the Film Factory is one of the most interesting projects in town.  For the 2nd year in a row – the Steeltown Entertainment Project is sponsoring a HUGE film competition.  Each month they hold a different event and the entrants are narrowed down.

Right now there are 10 quarter finalists who made it to the pitch phase.

This saturday you can watch these finalists pitch their film ideas to an all star panel of judges.

  • James Widdoes – stared in Animal House and is currently the director of Two and Half Men and he was born here in Pittsburgh
  • Bob Kusbit – an executive for MTV and CMT and he works out of Pittsburgh – check out the Post-Gazette’s story on his Pittsburgh office here.
  • Lauren Elmer – Sony Classics Executive
  • Asher Garfinkle – President of Readers Unlimited

Even though I was not participating in this contest last year – I attended “The Hollywood Pitch” to learn more about the project – and it was a lot more fun than I expected.  I thought I was just going to stop by for a few minutes but I ended up staying for the entire day – you can read my post from last year here.  If you like movies and want to see how a film goes from idea to reality I think you will enjoy attending on Saturday morning.

There is a $10 cost to attend – but keep an eye on the Steeltown Film Factory Fan Page – they have had trivia questions and have been giving away passes all week.

Steeltown Entertainment Project’s Film Factory
The Hollywood Pitch

Saturday, February 19, 2011 – 11am
University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
$10 ($5 for Students) – Register online here

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Steel Town Film Factory Kickoff Event Nov. 7

The Steeltown Entertainment Project will be launching their newest project Steeltown Film Factory on November 7, 2009.

The Steeltown Film Factory invites students and amateur filmmakers (and screenwriters) to submit original film ideas for the competition. Submissions must include a 10-12 page script along with a logline, a one-page synopsis and an optional sample of prior work (scripts or reels).

All submissions will be required to be:

Relevant to the SWPA/Pittsburgh region.
Commercially viable.
Capable of being produced in the SWPA/Pittsburgh area during Summer 2010.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel. The most promising screenplays will be developed into full-fledged productions thru staged readings, panel discussions and public workshops, which will be open to the public.

Call for submissions will open in November and continue thru December 31, 2009.

Fees: $50; $25 for students with valid ID

THE PRIZE: The total prize package is worth $25,000. This prize is available to be used to produce the winning film or films. One to three short films will be chosen and the funds will be divided and awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The winning film(s) will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November 2010.

More details to come.

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