PhillyPitch! Finals - Free and Open to the Public

Where: Fright Factory, 38 Jackson Street, South Philadelphia. Lots of free parking located on Jackson & Swanson streets as well as under 95!

When: Friday, October 17th 7pm

Join us to see our Finalist pitchers present to a panel of accomplished industry professionals, with very scary credits. PhillyPitch! is FREE and open to the public. After the Pitch, enjoy the Fright Factory Haunted Attraction (if you dare!), rated as one of the scariest in Philadelphia. You might even spot the two ghosts in residence.


Panelists include:

Joe Gangemi - Inamorata (Author), Wind Chill (Screenwriter); Stonehearst Asylum (Screenwriter), a Poe-inspired gothic romance starring Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley & Kate Beckinsale, will screen at the Rome Film Festival before its U.S. theatrical release on October 24th. Comedy TV pilot for Amazon Studios, Red Oaks (Executive Producer/Screenwriter), starring Paul Reiser and Jennifer Grey, will debut online in September. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award in 1999 given by the Horror Writers of America.

Jason Pinardo Taken 3 (Production Supervisor); Wicked Blood (Producer); Pennhurst (Producer); The Best and The Brightest (Line Producer); The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (Co-)Producer); America Haunts, TV Movie (Associate Producer) Explicit Ills (Location Manager); Cover (Location Manager); National Treasure (Key Assistant Location Manager).

Duane Swierczynski - Several crime thrillers (Author) including the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun & GamesHell & Gone, Point & Shoot), currently being developed by Sony Pictures Television; the novel Canary (Author), will appear in hardcover this February from Mulholland Books; Writer of the monthly comic series Judge Dredd for IDW, X for Dark Horse, and various bestselling comics for Marvel and DC; Also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series.

Ernie Vecchione - Sex Ed: The Series (Executive Producer/Writer), Author of the upcoming horror novel Devil's Catch; horror aficionado extraordinaire!

 Costumes welcome!

PhillyPitch! is presented as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival


SIP Screenwriting Competition

2014 SIP Winners will be announced on October 24th at the Philadelphia Film Festival Awards Ceremony!

Click here to read the log lines

Feature Length Scripts:

The Assumption
Broad Street Bully
First Chair
Promise of Heaven
Zero Ways of Finding My Body

TV Pilot Scripts:
Mixed Up: Pilot

SIP 2015 will open in November. Thanks to all for your submissions.

Click here for 2014 Application/Release | Click here for 2014 Rules/Regs

2014 Prizes

Grand Prize for Best Screenplay

  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Award

  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press

TV Prime Time Award, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal

  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on

Synopsis published on

 The Student Award, sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar

  • Free tuition to the intensive 4-day STORY Seminar in NYC
  • Notes from High Profile Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on











SIP, which is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is open to all screenwriters, world-wide, who submit a feature length screenplay OR an original TV pilot length screenplay to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. All genres will be accepted. Scripts will be judged on their overall quality, and the extent to which they project "shootability" in the Greater Philadelphia region. SIP Finalist Judges are high profile Producers, Writers and Actors who have a Philadelphia connection.