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Pitching to the Pros - ISA's Virtual Pitch Panel

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Join us for our next ISA Pitch Panel - FREE TO ALL

  • Watch pitches and hear live feedback from the pros.
  • Get tips and tools on how to polish your pitches.

We will be hearing pitches from our XIV Fast Track Fellows and three winners of the ISA Virtual Pitch Challenge.  If you want to be considered to pitch, you must enter the ISA Virtual Pitch Challenge, open through October 21. If selected to pitch, you will be notified on November 2nd. Pitches will be 90 seconds, and you will hear feedback from the panelists directly after. This is an educational event; the pitches are not being heard for potential employment opportunities.

PREVIOUS PITCH CHALLENGE SUCCESS STORIES
Pitch Challenge Winner Crystal Harris was accepted onto the ISA Development Slate and is now managed by Matt Prater of Citizen Skull Productions after meeting him during the Pitch Panel. 
The three Season One Pitch Challenge Winners secured meetings with a top Literary Manager.
MGM Executive, Sandino Moya, requested materials from two of the Pitch Challenge winners.
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DETAILS
WHEN: Thursday, November 18th - 5pm PDT / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern (Check Your Time Zone)
WHERE: ZOOM - A link will be emailed to you once you register. Please check your spam if you don't receive it by noon PDT the day of the event.

To download ZOOM on your computer, go to https://zoom.us/ or download the APP on your phone.

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PANELISTS:

Alrik Bursell

Alrik Bursell is a freelance shooter/editor/producer who’s worked on feature films and corporate videos. He has directed five short films including Strange Thing, which played at over 20 film festivals worldwide. Alrik has also worked on commercial videos for brands such as the NFL, Comcast Xfinity and HBO. Alrik is currently working as a Post Production Producer at Glass & Marker in Oakland, California. Alrik is also one of the hosts of Making Movies is HARD!!! a popular indie filmmaking podcast and his first feature film The Alternate is currently playing the film festival circuit.

 

 

 Leyla Kader Dahm - Literary Manager at Zero Gravity Entertainment

Leyla Kader Dahm is a literary manager and Zero Gravity Entertainment. After earning her master’s degree in Communication at Cornell University, Leyla turned her attention toward a career in film. She started out in development and production at Miramax/Dimension Films and went on to become a sought-after, high-level script analyst for clients such as Mike De Luca Productions, Broadway Video, The Weinstein Company, and Big Beach. Most recently, Leyla ran the film development department for Hollywood veterans Ed Jones and Cary Granat and was in charge of the narrative for rock star Perry Farrell’s proposed Las Vegas immersive experience, Kind Heaven. Leyla is a prolific writer and is the author of the YA novel Annabeth Neverending and sold her original screenplay, SURVIVAL INSTINCT, to Nickelodeon Original Films. Her focus is on representing minority and female voices.  

 

Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor is the Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to start or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed Snatchers, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and Special, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations. Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films. She started her career as an assistant at the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency and ICM. A San Diego native, she attended Northwestern University, where she received a BS in Theatre.

 

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FINAL DRAFT: Co-founded in 1990 by Marc Madnick and Ben Cahan, Final Draft has published its screenwriting software for over 30 years. Used by such elite creatives as J.J. Abrams and Bong Joon Ho, the software is described as “the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard.” Developed by and for writers, Final Draft 12 offers a new level of flexibility to accommodate various styles of working. Its functions include “Focus Mode,” which allows users to eliminate distractions on screen, as they work, and “Track Changes,” which keeps a record of script edits. A key new feature present in the Final Draft update is an oft-requested “PDF Import” function, which allows users to convert PDFS into fully-editable Final Draft files. 

CINEQUEST: Our Partners at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival empower writers and artists across the globe through inspiration, opportunity, recognition, and growth. Now, in the 17th year of the festival, Cinequest presents screenwriters with virtually countless networking opportunities, increased industry visibility, and the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths and provides unique opportunities for writers to be discovered, have their work produced, win CASH prizes, and further inspire their creative fervor.

For over 40 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premiere writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. Every year, the Workshop selects up to eight participants out of more than 2,500 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros.-produced television show. The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop consists of three components, all geared towards preparing the writer for a successful career in television writing. The 2021-2022 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2021 – March 2022, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, one evening a week from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.

 

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