Friday, May 26, 2017
9:30 a.m. – Noon.

U.S. Navy Memorial Theater

The GI Film Festival is proud to announce it will be hosting a PitchFest at the 2017 Film Festival in Washington DC.  

Filmmakers will pitch their ideas for new film and TV projects to our panel of expert judges in the hopes of being awarded a prize package and recognition within the industry.

This pitch event allows 20 contestants 2 minutes to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment.

The top 3 finalists will pitch live during our awards ceremony on Sunday, May 28, 2017 and the winner will receive a prize package.

Ron NewcombFacilitator:

Ron Newcomb
U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran, Producer/Director

To Participate

In order to sign up for the Pitchfest – you must purchase a GIFF pitchfest ticket or festival pass that includes Friday day events. If your film is an official selection of this year’s festival, you do not need to purchase a ticket to attend pitch-fest, but you will need to purchase a ticket in order to conduct a pitch.

Then you may purchase a pitch fest slot. The order and time of pitching will be determined by random selection. Once the slots fill up – you may sign up for a wait list slot to participate if someone drops out.

To get on the Wait List you must have already purchased a pitch fest ticket or purchased a day pass. (You will be required to pay for a pitch time slot if you are selected.)

All pitch slots are non-transferable and non-refundable. All purchases are final.

Purchase event tickets or a pass that includes PitchFest
Or, I would like to attend as audience member.

I have my event tickets
I now want to participate in PitchFest

What to Pitch

Participants may pitch an original idea concept for a screenplay, TV show or film of your own imagination. No adaptations are allowed unless the original idea is your own in another form, i.e. book, play, short story, article, etc. or you are a co-writer.


Can I Pitch With A Partner?

Yes, you may pitch with your partner/co-writer. However, each partner must purchase a separate pitchfest ticket even for the same Pitch Slot.  However, if you have a partner/co-writer both writers don’t have to Pitch.

What Do I Need To Bring?
Just bring yourself and your idea. Please do not bring props, theatrics, handouts or recordings. If you wish to share business cards, please do at a different time, not during your Pitch Session.

What Do I Wear?
The dress is business casual.

What To Do Upon Arrival?
Please arrive early- NLT 9:30 am to your confirmed Pitch Session time slot at the Navy Memorial. At check in we will take your signed Pitch Release Form and tell you your place in line for the Pitch Session. After the Judges are introduced, we begin the Pitches without interruption.

We will call your name and you can introduce yourself, provide the title and genre of your project and begin your pitch. You will have 2 minutes. After the pitch session, the Judges give you some feedback.

How Are The Finalists Selected?
The judges will review and score each pitch and select the top 3 pitches from each pitch session will be identified as a pitch finalists, who will then go on to pitch during the Sunday night award ceremony where they will be judged for a final time and winner will be announced.