Book-to-Screen PitchFest is your chance to meet face-to-face with film and television representatives who are looking to discover the next great book they can adapt for the screen. Set in the beautiful Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, this event, happening on 8–9 October 2021, is designed to be both a learning and pitching experience.
John Saachi, an accomplished film and digital media executive, will deliver the main presentation of the event and offer insider tips on creating an effective pitch. Sacchi has produced profitable feature films for a global audience for more than a decade and has played a key role in the 14-year transformation of Lionsgate Films from small indie genre producers to becoming the first nontraditional studio to break the billion-dollar mark at the box office.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore your book’s Hollywood potential at this exclusive event.
What you can expect at the event:
Approximately 1 month prior to the event, you’ll receive a pre-event assignment that will help you develop and jump-start the first draft of your pitch.
Friday, 8 October 2021 (evening) – You will meet on-site at the luxurious Beverly Hilton.* You’ll be introduced to John Sacchi as well as Keith Ogorek, President of the Author Learning Center. This is also a chance to mingle with fellow authors and make new connections.
Saturday, 9 October 2021 (morning) – Breakfast will be served prior to Saachi’s ‘How-to-Pitch Your Book’ presentation. You’ll learn practical pitching methods with step-by-step processes outlined by Saachi.
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Saturday, 9 October 2021 (mid-morning) – You will participate in the group Practice Pitch session and will present one-on-one to your group leader. Your group leader will provide tips to improve and increase the effectiveness of your pitch. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from the feedback given to others. Lunch will be provided after your practice session.
Saturday, 9 October 2021 (afternoon) – In a ‘speed dating’ setting, you will meet with representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, and management and production companies. You will have 2 minutes per representative to deliver your rehearsed and refined pitch. If a rep is interested in your pitch, you will be informed a few weeks after the event that they’d like to read your book and/or schedule a follow-up meeting.
Approximately 2 weeks after the conference, we will send you a feedback packet regarding how the various representatives responded to your pitch.
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What You Need to Know
Ready to give your book a shot at Tinseltown? There are limited slots available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so claim your spot today.
It is solely at the discretion of the producers, agents, representatives, etc., as to whether or not they are interested in authors’ pitch ideas, and they are under no obligation to pursue authors’ materials.
* Author is responsible for the cost and arrangement of travel expenses, hotel, etc. In association with this event, you can get a discounted rate per night on hotel rooms at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills for a limited time. Our events team will contact you with the details of how to get the discounted price.