Sarasota, Fla. – (November 14, 2012) In response to storm conditions, power outages and other related hardships along the eastern seaboard of the United States over the last 30 days, the nationwide 2013 Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (SCFEO) “TV ME!” pitch contest has extended the period for accepting submissions through December 31, 2012 Midnight EST.
“We have heard from a number of writers and other creatives eager to participate in this 2013 TV ME! Event, but who have been delayed and inconvenienced by the brutal weather conditions that have occurred in recent weeks, “ said Jeanne Corcoran, director of the SCFEO, a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC). “Our sympathy and understanding are extended to all who have suffered the impacts of these storms. We are certainly willing to accommodate requests for this extension of time for entrants until the end of the year.”
This is the third year of the innovative TV ME! Pitch Contest, which provides an opportunity for creative individuals or writing teams to submit their ideas for new television content, in “pitch” format of five to fifteen pages. They do not need to be professional writers or trained in screenplay or teleplay format, they need only to be able to pitch a fresh, unique and creative concept dynamically in one or more of the three categories of the contest: Scripted, unscripted or long-format. All details are available online at www.tvmecontest.com .
Ten entries will win a variety of awards including cash, trophies, prizes and sponsor gifts, depending on finishing placement. The Grand Prize Winner across all genres is also taken by the film commission to Los Angeles or New York City for introductions and private one-on-one meetings with executives of television networks, cable outlets and production companies to pitch in person and discuss their winning concept. Additionally, all winners are honored at an awards and press event announcing the winning entries.
Entries have been received from dozens of states and dozens of cities, from New York to California, from Maine to Texas, from the Carolinas to Arizona, and many points between. The submission fee for Entries received between November 1 and December 31, 2012 Midnight EST, is $30.00 payable online with the uploaded submission. Winners will be notified by the end of February 2013. Dates are subject to change as judging duration and other variable elements may require.
The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (SCFEO) is a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. It seeks to attract film, television, commercial, documentary and other media production to create content, produce and shoot on location in Sarasota County, as well as to serve the region’s resident production community, improve and expand its resources, provide intergovernmental liaison and proactively market and promote Sarasota County’s assets to the entertainment industry as a whole. The SCFEO is a member in good standing of the Association of Film Commissioners International, Film Florida and other industry organizations.