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Pitch Week Prep: What to Do With Your 12 Minutes

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With another season of Coverfly’s Pitch Week just on the horizon, we wanted to dive in and explore how you can set yourself up for a meaningful and productive interaction with any participating industry professionals!

Any time you have an opportunity to meet with an industry member, it’s important to assess what the meeting was scheduled for, what you want out of the meeting, and what you can conceivably accomplish in the short length of time you have. Much of the important work will happen before you get into the room itself, but here are some helpful tips for how you can make the most of your short time with an industry pro.

The First Minutes

Be affable and ask questions! You’ll want to use the first part of the pitch to introduce yourself and get a good understanding of what the person on the other side of the conversation is looking for. If you launch straight into your memorized pitch, you might miss an opportunity to connect in a more meaningful way.

You don’t want to spend the entire conversation going over your life story. Instead, focus on the main points of what brought you to writing. You can prepare an elevator pitch about yourself. More than a description of your journey, you should focus on what makes you and your writing stand out, what ties your body of work together. This will make it possible for the person you’re talking with to ask questions, too. 

The Pitch

The middle part of your conversation will vary depending on the type of meeting you’re having

  • If this is a general, you might talk about your whole portfolio, your writing style, or your past work experience. Make sure to touch on thematic elements in your writing and how you see your background and your stories talking to each other.
  • If you’re in a meeting about potential representation, you might be going over some very specific career goals you have for yourself and getting to the bottom of whether or not you would be a good fit for each other. Remember, having representation is important, but it’s best if that representative shares the same vision for your future.
  • If you’re pitching a project, this is where you would get into the details of your feature, short, or television script. What’s the elevator pitch? How is this story relevant to you and what you’ve already discussed in the meeting? Tailor the pitch to what you know about this person and the company they represent, and above all focus on the big picture of your story and not a minute-by-minute plot summary or a list of characters.

The big caveat is that none of this should feel rehearsed or tired. You’re a writer talking to another person about what you’re most passionate about. If you sound disengaged (even if it’s because you’re nervous), that’s going to be a red flag.


The Final Minutes

You’ll want to leave room at the end for questions about you and your project. The final minutes are meant to open the door to continued conversation. Establish the next step. Perhaps they’ve asked to read the script you pitched or are interested in following your career. Either way, the point of a short pitch like this one is not to make a sale or secure an offer of representation on the stop. It can happen, but in most cases, your goal should be to leave the door open for future conversations. 

If you’re confident, passionate, and concise, you’ll have made an impression. 

Hopefully now you have a better idea of what to expect when you head into your meeting with an industry member. Good luck on your pitch. And remember -- you got this!

Highlights from Coverfly Career Lab 2.0

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It’s hard to believe Career Lab 2.0 is over. It’s been quite the journey from learning how to develop your voice as a writer to maintaining a career once you’ve “made it”. We made this a 6 week event to help writers delve deeper into craft and career so you would walk away with a clear and personalized strategy of how to move forward in your goals, whether that’s finding representation or simply building out your portfolio. 

While you’re able to rewatch any of the Pro Talks on the Career Lab, we also thought it best to summarize key takeaways from each Session of Career Lab:

Session 1: Straight Talk about Writing in Your Voice, a Conversation with Ed Solomon.

Session 1 focused on helping writers find their voice. Voice is your unique perspective woven into the story through your choices on focus, characters, and description.Your voice is the atmosphere of your script and evolves as you evolve as a writer. And the only way you can develop your voice is by writing. While it takes a lot of scripts before your voice starts to emerge, Ed Solomon had a few tips:

  • Write what you’d like to know
  • Write from a place of expansion
  • Write where you’d like to be
  • Just write. You can’t just write when you’re feeling inspired. That’s a pretentious way to procrastinate. You have to do the work. 
  • Think about who you are as a human being and how you articulate and make others feel that - when you make others feel, you are expressing your voice. 

If you still feel lost on where to start, here’s an Ed Solomon-recommended exercise:

As you start working on a script, think about 3-5 movies you were inspired by. For each movie, watch it once to see how it makes you feel. After a few days, watch it again, paying attention to the structure of the movie and how it functions with the emotional journey. Watch it a third time with a writing software open and transcribe the movie. That last step could take some time (6+ hours), but what you learn from this exercise is incredible.

A recurring theme: 
You Just Gotta Keep Writing

Session 1 Resources (check them out)

  • Pro Talk: Discover Your Voice
  • “Define Your Voice” Worksheet
  • Scott Myers presents: Narrative Voice Using Screenplay Style to Express Your Voice.
    • Pro Tip: If you haven’t read his blog yet, you’re missing out on some valuable screenwriting information. 
  • Presentation Notes from the Pro Talk

Session 2: How the Industry Really Works, a Conversation with Gabriela Revilla Lugo and Cate Adams

This session focused on helping you get a sense of the entertainment landscape. Whether you’re pursuing a TV or Film track, make sure:

  1. You have a solid script as your calling card with at least two other great scripts in your portfolio to show your talent
  2. If you get an interview or meeting, make sure you do your research on the studio/show/showrunner/executive/titles so you know what you can bring to the table. 
  3. Talk about your personal connection to the material, whether it’s yours, an OWA, or a TV Show and know why you should be the one to write it.
  4. Don’t take it personally if you don’t get a job. Most of the time you don’t get a job isn’t because of your talent. It could be a budgeting issue, or something else. Be persistent.
  5. Build your network and be humble. Many jobs are found through referrals and connections, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be open to receiving and taking notes. 

There were so many other great lessons and insights from this talk. If you want to get a better idea of what it takes to get staffed in a writer’s room, how to get your indie feature off the ground, or learn more about Open Writing Assignments (OWA), rewatch this Pro Talk!

Session 2 Resources (check them out):

  • Pro Talk: How the Industry Really Works
  • Presentation Notes from the Pro Talk
  • “Finding your way in TV” Worksheet
  • “Finding your way in Film” Worksheet

Session 3: Building Your Essential Career Toolkit, a Conversation with Matt Lieberman and Richard Kahan

For Matt Lieberman and Richard Kaha, the biggest difference between professional writers and hobbyists is discipline: having the discipline to have and keep to a regular writing schedule. It doesn’t mean you have to write everyday, but you have to write regularly. This is work, after all. If you want screenwriting as a career, you absolutely need these in your toolkit and skillset:

  1. A regular writing and script-reading schedule
  2. A group of people you can get honest feedback from.
  3. Thick skin - writing is rewriting
  4. Knowing how to Pitch yourself and your projects (this includes knowing how to craft loglines)
  5. Networking - your network is so important. Cultivate your relationships, and be normal.


Don’t do this. 

Session 3 Resources (check them out):

  • Pro Talk: Building Your Essential Career Toolkit
  • “Building Essential Services” Worksheet
  • Key Takeaways from Workshops - Workshop Notes

Session 4: What Makes me Sign a Writer, a Conversation with David Baggelaar and Pamela Goldstein

So what is the difference between an Agent and a Manager anyway? Generally, Agents are licensed and legally permitted to negotiate contracts for work. They are the primary dealmakers for writers. A lot of times, Agents sign clients that are recommended by managers, after a writer has built up a portfolio for themselves. 

Managers are more involved with writers on a day-to-day basis. They help provide career guidance, give notes, track down pieces of IP, and provide business management. Managers are like partners in crime. 

Once you’re ready to find representation, first do your research. Your manager or agent will be working closely with you, so you want to make sure you’ll be working with someone you get along with. If you’re sending out cold queries, keep them short, sweet, and personalized. They’ll know if you’re sending out the same letter to 300 other people. And set your expectations. Just because you’re signed doesn’t mean you’ll be showered with deals and assignments. Sometimes it can take years for that first job to happen. Just remember...

Session 4 Resources (check them out):

  • Pro Talk: What Makes Me Sign a Writer
  • “Getting Signed” Worksheet
  • Key Takeaways from Workshops - Workshop Notes

Session 5: Getting Your First Job

In Session 5 and Session 6, we had two separate tracks, Television and Feature Films, to provide more focused insights for writers. In Session 5, we talked with Ed Ricourt on how to get your first job in film, and Simran Baidwan on how to get your first job in television. 

Getting Your First Job in TV

In our TV conversation with Simran Baidwan, in getting your first job, she recommends that you first understand how TV is made. From the spec to studio to writers rooms to production, knowing how TV is made helps you understand your role as a TV writer better. 

You should also follow writers and TV shows on social media. It’s a great way to get to know people, and some folks are even putting out jobs and opportunities through Twitter. 

Most importantly, you need to connect with people and build your network. Have your connections understand what you want to do, who you are, what you can do for them, and what they can do for you. Don’t forget this is a two-way street! Listen, have a positive attitude, be a problem solver (not just a problem identifier), and be helpful. 

Simran also had excellent advice and insight on the TV interview process and how to move up in the industry from support staff to showrunner, which alone makes the Pro Talk worth rewatching. But our favorite piece of advice from Simran: 

“There is no one way to get into the industry. It’s work, and it’s a hustle, but start somewhere, and other opportunities will come along.”

Getting Your First Job in Film

In our Conversation with Ed Ricourt, getting your first job in film means starting with an idea or a pitch. If it’s good and it passes through the gauntlet of readers, managers, executives, etc., then you get business. But how do you know when your script is ready? It takes a lot. You have to know your craft, you have to have read a lot of scripts so you have a sense of how yours is, and you always have to be learning and writing and improving at your craft. Make sure to hold onto that script until it’s ready to go. 

Once it’s ready to go and you start pitching, make sure you practice your pitch. Know why your project should exist today, what it’s about, or why you should be the one to write it. Say your pitch out loud and practice, practice, practice. And if you get told “no”, don’t take it personally. Film is a “no” business, it is a very risk averse business. Those “nos” aren’t about you or your project. 

Most importantly, as you’re pitching and taking meetings, you should always be honing your skills and writing constantly to build your body of work. You have to establish trust and show you have a track record of being able to constantly put out scripts. It shows executives that you can execute your ideas. 

But don’t forget to live your life! Your scripts are your interpretation of the world around you. 

Want to hear what Ed said about chasing the money or to listen to how he wrote and sold “Now You See Me”? Rewatch the Pro Talk!

Session 5 Resources (check them out):

  • Pro Talk: Getting Your First Job in Film
  • Pro Talk: Getting Your First Job in TV
  • “Preparing for Your First Job” Worksheet
  • Key Takeaways from Workshops - Workshop Notes
  • Emily Carmichael’s Slide Deck on Outlining an Action and Adventure Film

Session 6: Maintaining and Growing Your Career 

After learning how to get your first job, you want to know how to maintain your career! For our final Career Lab Session, we had two separate Pro Talks where Billy Ray and Judd Apatow discussed tips for building and maintaining your career in Film and Television. 

Maintaining and Growing Your Career in TV, a Conversation with Judd Apatow

Judd has had a storied (ha) career in both television and film. As you move through your career, Judd recommends that you adjust and pay attention to what you’re good at. Sometimes it’s not what you expect. For example, Judd started out wanting to be a stand-up comedian, but by paying attention to what he was good at (and getting paid for), he was able to grow and maintain his career into what it is today. 

But to really have a long-lasting career, you need to have passion for your work and not just do it for the money.  This one of the big takeaways: if you want to survive in a writer's room, come prepared to work.  Be the writer who reads the scripts and reference materials well beforehand.  Make notes in the script.  Come up with a variety of improvements and ideas.  Then, enter with a collaborative spirit ready to build something exciting.  Strangely, Judd mentioned that many writers will not take these steps and will not find themselves called back for a second season.

Why you are writing is more important than the kind of writer you are - are you doing the work to dig in and be brave and vulnerable? Are you leaving your ego at the door? Have a good heart and be respectful. 

In addition to being a good person, you always have to be learning, reading, managing your time, and writing. Judd’s biggest tip for new writers to keep moving forward: always be working on the next thing. You should be writing because you like writing, and you want to write for yourself. As you write, you can only get better. And the hard part about this is getting good, not finding someone to read your script. When you have something great, people will notice. So write and finish things. 

Aaaaaah.  More writing.

Maintaining and Growing Your Film Career, a Conversation with Billy Ray

Billy Ray started the Pro Talk with a bang, giving a high-level overview about story structure, boiling it down to a single question: What is the simple, emotional journey? Think about what is broken about your main character that only your movie can fix. 

For Billy, screenwriting is meant to elicit emotions from other people. As people are reading your script, if they’re responding intellectually, your script isn’t ready. Once people start responding emotionally, you’re getting closer. And if people say they enjoyed your script, they’re lying. You’re looking for those emotional responses! 

Understand that screenwriting is hard work. Billy talked about his research and writing process, emphasizing that sometimes you just have to grind, and that’s the only thing you have control over. Don’t think of writing as art, think of it as work, and have respect for your craft. Saying you can only write when you’re inspired is a pretentious way to procrastinate. (Sound familiar?) So do the work, and never write a movie you wouldn’t pay to see!

As you build your career in film, know that it’s an expensive and collaborative business - it may be  your script, but it’s their movie. So leave your ego at the door and don’t expect to have total control over the finished product. Instead, think about how the actors can bring depth, about what the director brings. When you get notes from others, even if the note doesn’t make sense, try to get at the problem they’re trying to address. 

For his big finish, Billy wants writers to know that screenwriting and film is a hard business in a hard time, especially given the past year we’ve all had. But remember, nobody has your voice, your history, your pain, your insight, your ability, no one but you. There are screenplays that you can write that no one else can write. You have a voice that no one else has. So you can write forever as long as you keep maximizing your voice. Don’t doubt yourself, and keep writing. 

Session 6 Resources (check them out):

  • Pro Talk: Maintaining & Growing Your Career in Film
  • Pro Talk: Maintaining & Growing Your Career in TV
  • “Setting Goals for the Future” Worksheet
  • Key Takeaways from Workshops - Workshop Notes

tl;dr: We had a few recurring themes throughout Career Lab:

  • Cultivate Relationships
  • Have a writing routine
  • Write what you’re interested in, not what you think the market wants
  • Be humble and stay open to feedback
  • Know Your Craft
  • Live Your Life
  • Be normal...yet uniquely you

We would like to thank our non-profit partners for making Coverfly Career Lab 2.0 such a success.  Proceeds from your registration helps them continue their missions in helping creative talent of all ages and experience levels.

  • Motion Picture Television Fund - a charitable organization that provides a wide variety of programs and services to take care of those in the motion picture and television industries. 
  • Kids in the Spotlight - empowering Foster Kids through Filmmaking. KITS is on a mission to help foster youth heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling and filmmaking.
  • 826LA - dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

We’d also like to thank and shout-out our screenwriting partners.  We’re excited to see their continued focus on helping writers advance in their craft and career.

And thank you! Career Lab couldn’t be what it is without writers like you joining us. 

Remember, if you want to rewatch any of the Pro Talks or download the worksheets (which are excellent for helping you craft a strategy on how you want to move forward), you can find them all on the Career Lab Dashboard.

Keep an eye out for our future events, follow us on social media, and write on.

The Coverfly Career Lab Team!

Share Your Projects

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Coverfly allows you to host unlimited projects for free, but until now, it wasn’t always easy to share your project and its most recent draft with others.

Now, you’re able to configure your project’s permissions with much more granularity, and share your project’s page or draft with whoever you want--whether that’s any Coverfly member, or specific people--even if your project is set to “Private”.

If you share your project’s URL or download link with someone else, and subsequently update your draft, there’s no need to update the link you’ve shared. Anyone who has access to your project will automatically see the latest updates. Plus, you’ll receive an email notification anytime someone downloads your project!

To configure your sharing permissions, just go to your project’s page and click the sharing icon next to your project’s Discoverable/Private setting. Once you've specified who you want to be able to access your project, you can copy the URL by clicking "Copy Link", or simply copy and paste the link from the URL address bar in your browser.


Happy sharing!

Saying Goodbye to the Coverfly Score

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When we launched the Coverfly Writer Portal almost 4 years ago, we knew we wanted to create a top rated chart for the most-awarded projects on our platform to help elevate writers. We built a dynamically-updated live ranking of projects, The Red List, based on all of the placements, scores, and information we had on a project. We called it the “Coverfly Score.”

The dynamic top rated chart has been a resounding success. It’s given writers something to achieve and celebrate, and, more importantly, built heat around writers that’s given them career traction. Today we’re generating a new “writer success” nearly every day where a writer is discovered by an industry exec or rep off a Coverfly list or through a Coverfly initiative.

But the underlying score these rankings are based on, known as the “Coverfly Score,” hasn’t had as smooth a ride. Some of its flaws were gradually exposed as it struggled to adapt to the growing needs of our industry and writer audience.

I can summarize the problems with the Coverfly Score as:

  1. It doesn’t reflect both a project’s quality and relevancy (or “heat”) simultaneously.
  2. It fails to react to new information or data points the way one would expect it to.
  3. It doesn’t convey enough information.

Problem #1: Reflecting Quality and Relevancy

In terms of quality, the Coverfly Score has proven difficult to “game” - that is, projects with very high scores are almost definitely of high quality. There aren’t false-positives, which is great! But the score does a poor job of highlighting projects that don’t yet have a lot of data. It misses out on quality projects that are new, or only have a few recent placements.

And in terms of relevancy, or “heat,” it totally misses the boat. The Coverfly Score, by design, doesn’t go down. That means projects retain their high scores as time passes and remain at the top of The Red List years into their existence. As the industry has increasingly adopted our platform for talent discovery, we have hundreds of execs scouring our lists every day, and many of them are looking for new, hot projects--they’re not always as interested in ones that have been collecting accolades for a few years.

Problem #2: Reacting to new information the way one would expect it to

Since day one, we’ve struggled to explain the Coverfly Score to writers simply and in alignment with their expectations. That’s because the Coverfly Score calculation is quite complicated - its variables include scores, placements, competition ratings, historical reader bias, number of scorecards for the given project, and more, into every calculation. We believe all of this information can be relevant to helping find scripts the industry will be excited about, but it’s difficult to boil down into a simple algorithm.

A complex or opaque algorithm wouldn’t be an issue in and of itself if its result was predictable, or at least within the realm of what we’d expect, but the amount of time our customer support team spends answering the question “Why didn’t my score go up?” is evidence that something isn’t right. 

Why is it so unpredictable? If your script becomes a Semifinalist in Nicholl, your score should go up, right? Well, not if the previous 9 scorecards we have on your project were great and raised its score already. But try explaining that to a disappointed writer who wants to celebrate every success--and rightfully so. Since Coverfly Scores can’t go down, we designed the algorithm to be really careful about letting them go up. That means your score might jump on a placement you think is “low-value,” but stay the same on a placement that you think is “high-value.”

Problem #3: Conveying Information

If you tell a producer that your project has a 640 Coverfly Score, it conveys almost no information about the quality of your script. Even if the producer is familiar with Coverfly Scores, they don’t know how hard it is to earn a 640, or how many projects are above a 640. What if 90% of the projects on Coverfly have a Coverfly Score over 640? That 640 isn’t so great anymore. 

By the way, in reality, a 640 Coverfly Score is insanely high, and represents the top 0.001% of our database. See? Presenting it that way conveys much more information. Oftentimes sharing the percentile of a score, rather than the score itself, is a much better indicator of the value of the score. “This project is in the 10th percentile of 40,000 projects on Coverfly” is much more powerful and understandable than “This project has a Coverfly Score of 520.” You’ll notice a lot of other popular scoring systems around you are relational in this sense. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t use a raw number as its score - it uses percentiles of critics’ ratings. IMDB’s star meter is based on percentiles. That way, if internet traffic quadruples across the board next year, that kid in your improv class doesn’t have a star meter higher than Anne Hathaway’s in 2012. Most standardized tests convey the test-taker’s performance as a percentile-based score. To receive a 700 on the GMAT (a test for admission to business school), you need to perform better on the test than 90% of the other test-takers. No one cares about the percent of questions you answered correctly, though. Relational data is much more informative.

The most visited FAQ on our support page is “What’s a good Coverfly Score?” My answer has always been “a score higher than the next person's.” The true value of a Coverfly Score is that it places you higher on a list than someone else, and that leads to additional exposure on Coverfly.

The Solution

At the end of April 2021, we’re retiring the Coverfly Score in favor of a percentile-based ranking system with a new underlying metric. This underlying metric will have the following characteristics:

  1. The rank will always go up when a project receives a new placement.
  2. More recent placements will receive a value bonus that will diminish over time, but will still retain some value, even years later.
  3. The value of a placement will take into account the amount of submissions selected for that placement by the program, as well as the quality of submissions submitted to that program.
  4. After a certain number of top placements for a project, the value of additional top placements for that project will start to count less.
  5. Writers will have access to their percentile of this metric, but the metric itself will not be shared with anyone (including writers).

This solves a few problems:

  1. By reducing the “relevancy” value of a placement over time, projects with more recent placements will have an advantage and rise to the top of our top rated charts. This will surface more writers and give our industry members exposure to more timely projects and writers, which ultimately translates into more opportunities for more writers.
  2. By accounting for quality and recency in a placement, projects with only a few top placements per year will rank high on the charts.
  3. By recording your highest rank on the charts with our new badges, you'll be able to more easily switch focus to a newer project without feeling like you're abandoning a score or a hard-won rank on the top rated list.
  4. Because the underlying metric will move more predictably (and rise when a new placement is added), so will the project’s percentile ranking. We want movements in a project’s rankings to make sense.
  5. By focusing on the percentile/ranking instead of an arbitrary number, we’re able to better convey information about a project’s relevancy, which in turn helps industry members looking for great scripts.

In addition, we’ll be introducing the concept of Badges to writers’ profiles. Inevitably, there will be projects that rise to the top of the charts, but over timeas the placements that got them there age and diminish in valuefall off of the top rated chart. The writers of those projects should have something to show for their months or years of hard work, which is why they’ll receive a “Top 5” badge on their project page, for example, along with the date the badge was achieved.

Good for Writers; Good for the Industry

Within the next couple of years, we expect the majority of new paid, working writers in Hollywood to have been discovered through Coverfly or a Coverfly-qualifying program. Being a professional writer shouldn’t be dependent on who you know or whether or not you can afford to make the move to LA to start looking for work. We believe that, as much as possible, your chances of breaking in should be based on how good your writing is. Our goals are lofty, and in order to hit them we have to adapt quickly and attempt radical strategies. The new ranking system will help us better highlight projects and writers for our growing industry base; they’re hungry for fresh perspectives, and we know they’ll find them on Coverfly. We can’t wait to see the incredible writers who enter the industry through our pipeline in the coming years.

April 7th, 2021 // By Scot Lawrie, Co-founder

Coverfly at 2021 ScreenCraft Writers Summit

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We're excited to participate in this year's ScreenCraft Virtual Writers Summit on April 9 - 11, 2021.  In addition to hosting two panels, we'll also be holding Booth Workshops, where you'll have an opportunity to work with our team to improve your strategies for building your writing career.

See below for the full schedule.

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Friday, April 9

2:00p - 3:00p PDTWriting Concepts that Sell (and Pitching!)Booth Workshop @ Expo
3:00p - 4:00pHow to research ideal fellowships and competitionsBooth Workshop @ Expo
4:00p - 5:00pHow and when to seek representationBooth Workshop @ Expo

Saturday, April 10

10:00a - 11:00a PDTFinding the right repBooth Workshop @ Expo
11:00a - 12:00pWhat makes a great Story Analyst?Booth Workshop @ Expo
1:00p - 2:00pInside Screenwriting Competitions & FellowshipsPanel @ Main Stage
2:00p - 3:00pImproving your Online Profile for Industry InterestBooth Workshop @ Expo
3:00p - 4:00pDiscovering, articulating, and marketing your brandBooth Workshop @ Expo
4:00p - 5:00pRevising the first draftBooth Workshop @ Expo
5:00p - 7:00pNetworking Mixer with Room ExpertsMixer @ Rooms

Sunday, April 11

10:00a - 11:00a PDTCreate a personal blurb, bio, and pitch yourself as a writerBooth Workshop @ Expo
11:00a - 12:00pHow to get the most out of your coverageBooth Workshop @ Expo
11:30a - 12:30pSelling Scripts: What Works and What Matters?Panel @ Main Stage
2:00p - 3:00pImproving your Online Profile for Industry InterestBooth Workshop @ Expo
pitch week tips

How to Get Chosen for Pitch Week

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It's that time of year again — Coverfly Pitch Week. And this year's line-up of agents, managers, producers, and studio execs have selected 123 screenwriters for nearly 250 pitches! In fact, many talented screenwriters who submitted to Pitch Week were selected to pitch their scripts to more than one industry decision-maker. Here's a quick look at how Coverfly Pitch Week selection works, and a few of the common factors that we found between our roster of successful screenwriters that were chosen to pitch this year.

How many screenwriters were chosen for Coverfly Pitch Week (September 2020)?

  • 123 screenwriters were selected for 250 pitches total
  • Just under half of all writers were selected for at least 2 separate pitches
  • 12 writers were chosen for 3 pitches
  • 7 writers were tapped for 4 pitches
  • 6 writers are pitching to 5 groups
  • 5 writers were selected for 6 different pitches
  • And one talented screenwriter was selected for 8 separate pitches!

This Pitch Week is absolutely jam-packed with top-tier writers, agents, managers, Hollywood literary agents, and development execs from companies like CAA, Good Fear, Circle of Confusion, Zero Gravity, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Cartel Entertainment, Management 360, and many more. If you want to learn how these screenwriters were chosen and what they have in common, read this writer roundup so you're ready to pitch at our next Pitch Week — February 21-25, 2021.

How screenwriters get chosen for Pitch Week: 3 things they have in common

The selection process for Coverfly Pitch Week is full of intangibles and variables. However, we were able to find some common trends among the 123 writers that were selected to pitch to industry professionals. Here are three of our biggest takeaways for how to make your profile, logline, and scripts stand out so you can pitch to Hollywood decision-makers:

A strong personal bio

Nearly every single writer that was selected to pitch this year has a professional bio on their screenwriting profile. Not only that, each of these bios lets development executives know exactly what kind of screenwriter they're looking at. Pitch Week writers clearly state who they are, what kind of screenplays they write, what their goals are, and how their professional experiences have influenced not just their most recent screenplays, but all of their work. The first step to getting your screenplay pitch ready is filling out your writer's bio. Make yours as descriptive as you can.

A clear photo that captures their personality

Every single one of the top selected writers for Pitch Week this year had a clear, professional photo on their profile. It's 2020. There's no excuse not to have a decent, posed profile picture on your personal or Coverfly screenwriter page. You can even get a decent picture with portrait mode on an old iPhone. Find a friend or grab a tripod and take a good picture of yourself.

If you want to get your script in front of industry insiders you need to have a profile picture on your site. End of story.

Add multiple projects to your profile

All of the top selected writers each have multiple projects on their profile pages. And while these scripts and projects varied from features to TV they were all consistent in voice, style, and tone. Use your profile to highlight your range. It's ok to write for TV and for Film. In fact, writing in multiple formats can make you an enticing candidate for studios looking for diverse and multi-talented screenwriters.

How to get selected for Coverfly Pitch Week

Pitch Week is your chance to get your screenplay in front of some of the most influential managers, producers, and agents in Hollywood. Learn more about how you (and your script!) can prepare for the next Coverfly Pitch Week here. And remember, Pitch Week is free for Coverfly members, so sign up now!

Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 7/9/18

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon!

JULY 9 — CINESTORY TV/DIGITAL RETREAT — Regular Deadline — $55

 — Regular Deadline — $45



JULY 11 — SCREENCRAFT DRAMA CONTEST — Early Deadline — $49

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Coverfly Partner Contest Criteria

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At Coverfly we believe that screenwriting competitions can be effective and valuable avenues to early career success for emerging writers. To help writers wade through the hundreds of competitions, festivals, labs, and grants available to them, Coverfly maintains robust partnerships with some of the most respected programs in the industry. 

As a service to writers, Coverfly is always evaluating new partners for inclusion on the platform. We carefully consider a competition’s merits before allowing it to be listed on Coverfly. 

How We Evaluate Partners


Writers often look to a program’s website to determine whether or not the organization behind it has their best interests in mind. They look for clean design, easy navigation, and clear information regarding contest fees, rules, and prize packages. 


Writers want to feel confident that their submission will be read and that when they submit their work to a competition they’ll have an understanding of when they will hear back. Transparently communicating information and sticking to the deadlines and announcement dates you set are an essential part of maintaining writer trust. We also look for competitions that are mindful of publicly maintaining lists of past winners and finalists. 

Unique Value to Writers

Writers have nearly unlimited choices but limited budgets when it comes to submitting to competitions, and we look to curate a list of partners who each provide distinct offerings to writers, which may include a unique jury, an opportunity to share work with an untapped market of industry professionals or audiences, or anything else that might set a competition apart from others. 

Industry Network

We also love to partner with programs that understand the importance of securing professional juries and mentors who are actively working in the industry in order to provide winners and finalists with tangible benefits as they build their careers as writers. 

Track Record of Helping Writers

The best endorsement of a competition or festival is one that comes directly from writers. If your past winners and finalists are satisfied with the process of working with you, it’s a great sign. We also look for competitions that keep accurate data on past competition results and success stories because it shows us you care about the ongoing development of the writers you’ve selected. 

“A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”

Ultimately, our goal is to build a community of like-minded programs all working together to level the playing field for new and emerging writers. We actively promote and support our partners and expect that support to be reciprocated. This means we look for partners who are passionate about their mission and who believe in and support ours.

How We Maintain Quality

In our initial evaluation, we take a holistic approach and meet internally to discuss the merits of a potential partner’s offerings. Our process also involves periodic reviews of all programs featured on Coverfly and a commitment to evaluating individual programs even if we’ve already worked with a partner in the past on another program, festival, or competition.

If you’re ready to work with us, fill out an application with details about your program. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the quality of any competition that is listed on Coverfly, please feel free to email us directly: We will respond to you promptly.

Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 7/2/18

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon!

JULY 9 — CINESTORY TV/DIGITAL RETREAT — Regular Deadline — $55

 — Regular Deadline — $45



JULY 11 — SCREENCRAFT DRAMA CONTEST — Early Deadline — $49

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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 6/25/18

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon - some closing this week!


 — Extended Deadline — $30-$40

JUNE 30 — SCREENCRAFT FILM FUND Regular Deadline — $35-45



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