STAND UP AND PITCH ’19: THE COMEDY CONTENT SEARCH
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO
July 24 – 27, 2019
HYATT REGENCY, MONTREAL, CANADA
NEW DETAILS WILL BE POSTED IN LATE JANUARY 2019
NOTE: DETAILS BELOW ARE FROM OUR 2018 EDITION OF COMEDYPRO
Just For Laughs, Project 10 Productions, and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) invite you – the comics, writers, creators and producers on the cutting edge of comedy – to present your series ideas to a panel of industry experts in an open-pitch forum at Just for Laughs ComedyPRO.
Projects should be based on or inspired by stories, sketches or characters developed by writers, producers, showrunners, stand-up comics, improv groups, sketch comedy teams and comedy writers working with performance-based formats. We’re looking for fresh ideas that make us laugh.
We offer two (2) pitch formats: From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, presented by Project 10 Productions in conjunction with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), which is intended for long-form single or multi-camera series (half-hour or longer), and Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, presented by Some Spider Studios, in conjunction with Tubefilter, our short-form format aimed at digital platforms (no greater than 15 minutes).
In addition, for Canadian participants, the CBC Comedy is back again with CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program where a total of five (5) projects drawn from BOTH FORMATS (Beyond the Box and From Set to Screen) will be selected to pitch directly to CBC executives and members of the Canadian creative community! The CBC is a longtime partner of ComedyPRO, having discovered both new TV and digital-facing series such as How To Buy A Baby, Newborn Moms, My 90-Year-Old Roommate and the upcoming Diversity League, at Stand Up & Pitch. Content creators wishing to participate in the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
** Please note that while all Canadian submissions will be considered for the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch, inclusion in this program is not obligatory nor will it impact your opportunity to participate in either Beyond the Box: Playing it Short and/or From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More.
If you’re interested in the short-form pitch, click HERE to review the submission guidelines for Beyond the Box: Playing it Short. If you’d like to submit to the long format pitch, keep reading!
A maximum of five (5) projects per format will be selected and presented to a panel of leading comedy industry executives and decision-makers in an open-forum pitch session. Accepted applicants will be given five (5) minutes to present their work and gain unparalleled access to top comedy industry professionals.
From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More presented by Project 10
Submissions here are single or multi-camera scripted sitcoms, game shows, reality shows, variety, sketch or animation series intended for a half-hour or longer per episode running time. Past panelists for From Set to Screen open-forum pitch have included executives from Amazon, Bell Media, CBS, Comedy Central, FOX, FX Networks, HBO, Hulu, IFC, NBC, TBS and truTV.
We are pleased to welcome our new partner, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), as we search for the funniest, new, innovative long-form episodic comedy content.
Some of the world’s most beloved shows have stemmed from comedy writers and performers with a strong story and point of view, from classic television series such as Roseanne and Seinfeld to current hits such as Netflix’s Dear White People, HBO’s Insecure, Amazon Studio’s Catastrophe, NBC’s The Good Place, The CW’s Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.
Submission packets can be uploaded by first clicking on the PAY AND SUBMIT button at the bottom of this page. Submissions must adhere to the specific guidelines for each format. After you have paid your $50.00 USD submission fee, you will receive an e-mail with detailed submission instructions.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 BY 11:59PM PST
• Series bible that provides an overview of your show concept as well as an outline of the pilot episode, series progression and professional bios of the creative and production team.
• Complete pilot script OR pilot episode. NOTE: Where completed pilot video is included in the pitch, it cannot have been produced prior to 2017.
• Episode budget top-sheet: If you have shot your pilot, this should be the true production budget. If you have not shot the pilot but are submitting the pilot script, this should be your estimated pilot budget.
• ADDITIONAL video illustrating and/or supporting your series treatment. Examples of video submissions can include, but are not limited to: excerpt of stand-up act, taped sketch that highlights character(s), produced scenes. Submitted video should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes in length.
• Non-refundable fee of $50.00 USD
In addition, please note the following for all submissions:
• The Just for Laughs Stand Up & Pitch Program is open to applicants worldwide
• All submissions must be in English
• Submitted materials will not be returned
• Deadline for ALL materials is Monday, May 14, 2018 by 11:59pm PST
• All uploaded and submitted documents and materials must be clearly labeled with the project title, applicants name, contact telephone and email.
• All applicants will be contacted via email so please ensure that you provide a working email address.
• You can submit more than one project to each format section. You can also submit the same project idea to each format section but you must provide the corresponding submission materials.
• You may submit as a team. Performers that work and/or produce in partnership with writers/directors/producers are welcome to submit a collaborative piece.
• All submissions are reviewed by the Just For Laughs Stand Up & Pitch Program Committee, and final selections are at the complete discretion of this committee.
• A non-refundable fee of $50.00 USD must be included with each submission (credit card payment only). If your project is not selected the fee may be applied to a Just for Laughs pass.
• Members of the selected teams will receive INDUSTRY passes to Just For Laughs ComedyPRO and to the Just For Laughs Festival (up to two members).
The IFP will welcome the winning project as a participant in IFP Week, as a selected project for presentation or guest of the event. IFP Week takes place September 15 – 20, 2018, at the Made in NY Media Center in New York City. Participation does not include travel or accommodations. IFP Week is a week of meetings, screenings, talks, meet-ups, exhibitions, and tours centered on cutting-edge independent content for the big screen, small screen and Internet.
IFP Week is comprised of several sections:
The IFP Project Forum is dedicated to stories of all shapes and sizes. The program nurtures both emerging and established artists by providing creative and business opportunities to groundbreaking storytellers working in a wide variety of formats. A meetings-driven forum connecting artists who have new narrative and documentary projects in development, production, or post-production with key industry executives interested in identifying projects with which to become involved at the development, financing, or distribution stages. A primary outcome for all artists is the facilitation of career-spanning relationships with potential financiers, theatrical and online content distributors and platforms, festival programmers, sales and talent agents, collaborators, and others. These invaluable relationships continue well beyond the five days of IFP Week.
The IFP Screen Forward Conference explores the art and business of 21st Century storytelling. Whether stories are told through film, TV, online, or new media channels, the Conference is the premiere place to interact with experts on how to connect with audiences and use new models to expand your story’s reach and sustain a long-term career. The Screen Forward Conference showcases how great projects can connect with audiences and stand out in a crowded marketplace.
IFP Week attendees and participants are able to meet with bold talent and exciting projects through curated meetings with 150 new feature, documentary, TV series and VR projects from over 22 countries. It is a must-attend event for financiers, distributors, producers, executives and festival programmers to access bold, original talent early.
Additionally, the winner of the From Set To Screen: TV, SVOD, OTT and More pitch session will be invited back for the 2019 edition of Just For Laughs ComedyPro. He/she will receive one (1) free trip to the Just For Laughs Festival, including flight, a hotel room for up to three (3) nights, and a festival pass.
All finalists and the winner retain the rights to their projects throughout the process.
Please read the Terms and Conditions before paying your fee and submitting your project.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at JFLComedyProPitch@gmail.com.
About Project 10 Productions
Project 10 Productions Inc. is a global television production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles specializing in scripted comedy. The company works closely with high-profile talent to develop and produce compelling content for the worldwide marketplace. The principal executives for Project 10 Productions Inc. are Andrew Barnsley, Ben Murray (Toronto) and Andrew Moncrief (Los Angeles). Leveraging their considerable strengths and decades of experience with those of partner and three-time MLB All-Star Vernon Wells, Project 10 has established itself as a go-to partner for domestic and international creators, broadcasters and distributors alike.
About the IFP
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 35-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. IFP guides storytellers through the process of making and distributing their work. It offers creative, technological and business support through year-round programming, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, Independent Film Week, Envision, The Gotham Independent Film Awards, and the Independent Filmmaker Labs. IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect. Through its programming—which also includes seminars, conferences, and mentorships—IFP creates exciting opportunities for promising new voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological and sexual perspectives. Founded in 1979, IFP is the largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film.