MAPW Student Laura McCarter Finalist in Pitch Contest

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 8, 2019) — Laura McCarter, a current MAPW student, was one of just thirteen finalists of 300 competitors selected by judges in the Summit Pitch Contest held in Atlanta, April 6 and 7, 2019. The two-day contest was a feature of the ScreenCraft Writers Summit held at Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace Hotel in conjunction with the Atlanta Film Festival. The Summit is known as one of the premier screenwriting events in the world and brought Oscar and Emmy-winning writers, producers, agents, and managers together for industry panels, craft workshops, and networking opportunities.

MAPW’s Screenwriting Professor Mitch Olson and twelve other KSU students were also in attendance.Many of the KSU students pitched in the contest. Laura’s pitch was for a screenplay called “DEE” abouta young addict who tries to keep the memory of her deceased brother alive by playing his guitar and pursuing a career in music.While Laura’s pitch didn't win the contest, her talent was exposed to hundreds of professionals at the event.

Screenwriting Professor Gabrielle Fulton was a panelist at one of the festival events.

Professor Olson, who organized the field trip for the MAPW students, also blogged for the event. Here are links to his posts, opening day festivities and 8 lessons learned. Olson said, “KSU's connections to events like this create opportunities that are critical in forming industry relationships and, ultimately, leading to jobs for our students.”

Congratulations to all!