Nov. 18, 2020

CNFO is proud to sponsor the Native American Virtual Pitch Fest, which is a four-part virtual event hosted by the Barcid Foundation, designed to enhance writing careers for Native Americans. The festival is comprised of both open-to-the-public and by-invitation-only events.

Public events include:

Creative Executives Panel Webinar
Nov. 18, 2020
7 p.m. CST
Creative executives from production companies Gunpowder & Sky, Participant Media and Powderkeg Media will offer information on pitching and growing your writing career in television.
NOW CLOSED Registration available here. 

Staged Reading of Native American Scripts Webinar
Nov. 18, 2020
8:30 p.m. CST
Following the Creative Executives Panel, interested attendees will have the chance to participate in the Staged Reading of Native American Scripts Webinar. which features TV pilots and feature film scripts from the 2020 Native American Writers labs.
NOW CLOSED Registration available here.

The remaining portions of the Native American Virtual Pitch Fest will be an online speed pitching workshop for those who were accepted and participated in earlier yearlong writers programs. The pitch fest serves as the culmination of the five-week TV Writers Lab, 10-week Feature Film Writers Lab and nine-month Showrunner Program, all from the Barcid Foundation.

The first portion of the closed workshop is an introduction to pitching and will have TV showrunner Mike Royce (“One Day At A Time”) discuss pitching to network executives. This will give insight into providing the best presentation when pitching new projects.

The second portion of the closed workshop is the pitch fest. This consists of the participants pitching scripts to creative executives, literary representation and industry consultants. This year’s participants include executives from Bad Robot, Netflix, ABC, Echolake Entertainment, Buchwald Talent Agency and more.

Several Native Americans involved in previous pitch fests have had their careers launched. A 2019 TV Lab fellow, John Timothy, participated in the 2019 pitch fest and was signed to Kaplan Stahler Talent Agency. He was staffed on a new television series shortly after his pitch.

The goal of the Native American Virtual Pitch Fest is to give writers information that will grow their careers, access to talent development, and the capacity to pitch to creative executives.