Steeltown Film Factory
The Steeltown Film Factory is a wonderful opportunity for area filmmakers to shine. Each year since 2011, the contest has awarded the winning entry $15,000 to produce their script, that endures a rigorous process in which quarter finalists must present a “writer’s pitch” and “director’s pitch” before the final winner is announced. Over 250 scripts were submitted this year, and the Film Factory panel has managed to narrow them down to 12. There are a few notable Film Factory-related events coming up in the next few weeks which give the public an opportunity to meet event panelists, finalists and see their work as its pitched.
According to their website, “The Steeltown Film Factory (SFF) is a yearlong filmmaking competition, supported by a series of public workshops, panel discussions and staged readings, designed to engage aspiring filmmakers to create projects with Pittsburgh-inspired content. The competition will provide emerging talent with an opportunity to learn from internationally renowned film and television professionals about the entertainment industry. A successful SFF will lead to the training and employment of the local workforce, the incubation of talent and intellectual property, and the nurturing and development of future projects that can be spun off into commercially viable entities. These entities will create jobs, investment opportunities, and products that will be exported by our region. By bringing together local and expatriate resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA), the SFF will help to transform this region’s non-profit “Arts Sector” into a thriving ‘Entertainment Economy.’”
This nationally-recognized competition is supported by top industry talent. Past judges/panelists include Bob Kusbit, Executive Producer of MTV’s “Made”,Chris Moore the Producer of American Pie, Two and a Half Men Director Jamie Widdoes, and Bernie Goldmann the producer of 300. The growing list of participating industry professionals can be found here.
This event attracts amateur filmmakers anywhere from high school age to adults, professionals in the entertainment industry with ties to Southwest PA, civic and economic development professionals, school administrators, arts educators and even the general public who possess an interest in learning about what goes on “behind-the-scenes” in film and television. It’s a truly unique opportunity to engage in the region’s active filmmaking/TV production community as a spectator or one looking to impress. Though 2013’s deadline for entries has passed, be sure to keep an eye on the Steeltown Film Factory website for more information on how you can enter next year.
Until then, join this year’s participants, judges and panelists this Saturday, March 23 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Building to witness “The Writer’s Pitch”. The event begins at 11AM and tickets can be purchased here. These events sell out in advance, so be sure to get your tickets now!
Remaining events for 2013 include “The Director’s Pitch” on April 20 at Point Park University, as well as the final event, “And the Winner is” in May at Carnegie Mellon University. We wish this year’s quarter finalists the best of luck!