The Favorite Film Pitch Contest at the 2009 American Film Market

The pitch contest was open to all comers.

UPDATE:   Jan. 21, 2010 – The winner of the American Film Market’s 2009 Favorite Film Pitch contest was announced today.   David Minnihan’s pitch of Father John received the most votes and his adventure spy drama produced by Minnihan and written by Steven G. Long received the official Waterford Crystal People’s Choice Award. The winning pitch can be viewed on the People's Choice website.

Additionally, Minnihan will receive an AFM 2010 package that includes full access for two to the AFM; airfare for two to Los Angeles; hotel for five nights in Santa Monica; and scheduled meetings with producers and distributors.

UPDATE:   Jan. 7, 2010 –   The five finalists chosen for the Favorite Film Pitch Contest were announced at the televised People's Choice awards on Januay 6, 2010.   They are: Stephanie Bell (The Devil of Appalachia), Carlo Besasie (All The Queen’s Men), Mouncey Ferguson (Forger), Barry Kneller (The Mechanics) and David Minnihan (Father John).   Voting now begins for the winner and continues until Januay 20, 2010.   Like other People's Choice awards, the viewing public will decide which pitch they think best describes a movie they want to see made.    

The pitch contest took place at Le Merigot Hotel.

The Favorite Film Pitch Contest at the 2009 American Film Market

November 31, 2009 - The 2009 American Film Market in Los Angeles added a public event this year called The Favorite Film Pitch Contest.     AFM in conjunction with the People's Choice Awards will record movie pitches in the Filmmaker's Lounge of Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica. The pitches will be voted on by the public and winnng writers and filmmakers have the chance to get their pitches in front of industry producers and distributors.

The pitch contest took place in the AFM Filmmaker's Lounge.

Anybody who shows up can participate.  AFM ticket-holders are given priority, with everyone else on a first-come, first-served basis from November 7-10, 2009.   Pitches are recorded live in the Filmmaker's Lounge. Each person gets two-and-a half-minutes and no more.  People can opt to make a second pitch if they flub the first, that erases their first and the second one will be their entry.

Industry professionals will pick five pitches to be posted at where viewers can vote.   The winning pitch will be announced in January at the 2010 People's Choice Awards. The winner will get a trip to LA for the 2010 AFM that will include airfare, hotel, full Market access for two, and meetings with producers and distributors.

WHAT: The Favorite Film Pitch Contest

WHO: Sponsored by the People's Choice Awards at the 2009 American Film Market

WHEN: November 7 - 10 from 9:30am to 5:00pm

WHERE: AFM Filmmakers Lounge, Le Merigot Hotel, Santa Monica


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