Young creators are always looking for an opportunity to pitch their projects to those with money and power to bring their vision to light. But its tough to get in the room. That’s why every year, the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival gives young creators an opportunity to Stand UP and Pitch as part of the festival’s ComedyPRO programming.
Submissions are now open for the largest and longest-running comedy pitch program. This year’s 10th annual Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch in Montreal brings back CBC Comedy, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter as partners.
Content creators all over the world will submit, but only five finalists will get to take the stage in front of an audience and a panel of industry pros to pitch their project. Over 100 execs from the comedy industry will see their pitch during the festival, and one winner will be selected from each session format and will be invited back for the 2020 edition of Just For Laughs ComedyPro earning a free trip to the Just For Laughs Festival, including flight, a hotel room for up to three (3) nights, and a festival pass.
If you’re interested in participating, there are three possible formats. “From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD” takes submissions 30 minute television programs: single or multi-camera scripted sitcoms, game shows, reality shows, variety, sketch or animation series. “Beyond the Box: Playing It Short” welcomes digital shows aimed at YouTube and other digital platforms and generally have episodes that run 15 minutes or less. And of course there’s also the “CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program” for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Several successful digital and TV series got their start during Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch, including Fatal Murder Mystery (Shaftesbury/Just For Laughs), That’s My Bus (FOX) (co-created by Interrobang writer Dan Perlman!), My 90-Year-Old Roommate (CBC Comedy), Newborn Moms (CBC Comedy) and Epic Studios (Maker Studios).
For additional details, full submission guidelines, and to submit for the 10th annual Stand Up & Pitch program, visit the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO website at www.comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions.
The deadline to submit your pitch is May 6, 2019 at 11:59pm PST, so get to work.