from idea to pitch


Take the abstract concept of your show out of your imagination and format it into a pitch presentation.

Program Description
FirstLight is a 1-day intensive seminar led by a Catalyst partner industry executive, producer, or festival programmer that gives creators an in-depth approach to creating a pitch presentation for your show. Topics covered: an overview of what information to include in your pitch, formatting methods, character overviews, and more information to ensure your pitch is ready for presenting to potential buyers.


  • Available for free to all Catalyst subscribers (subscribe here)

  • Non-subscribers may also register, if space is available, for a $145 fee (register here)

Network Notes Meeting Requirement

Creators are required to complete the Exposition & FirstLight steps of Storieroad to be considered for a network notes session.

Marketplace Requirement

Creators are required to complete the Exposition, FirstLight, and StorieArc steps of Storieroad to be considered for marketplace executive meetings.


  • Duluth, MN (in-person)

  • Los Angeles, CA (in-person)

  • New York, NY (in-person)

  • Online (if unable to attend in person)

  • More in-person locations to be added soon.


FirstLight seminars are held multiple times from April-August 2020. Everyone who registers will have the opportunity to attend.


  • Free for Catalyst subscribers. (subscribe here)

  • $145 fee for non-subscribers. (register here)

  • Travel and lodging are not included and are the responsibility of the participant.