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, legal and financial topics about the project, character overviews, and more information to ensure your pitch is ready for presenting to potential buyers.

Everyone is welcome to register.

Registration & Seminar Selection

First come, first serve in order of registration. Priority selection will be given in order of pre-registration when the complete calendar is announced and available for enrollment in February.

Festival Requirement

Creators are not required to attend a FirstLight seminar in order for their project to be considered for festival acceptance. (read more)

Marketplace Requirement

Creators are required to attend a FirstLight seminar in order for their project to be considered for marketplace executive meetings. (read more)

Maximum 20 participants per seminar.


  • Duluth, MN (in-person)

  • Los Angeles, CA (in-person)

  • New York, NY (in-person)

  • Online

  • More in-person locations to be added soon.


FirstLight seminars are held multiple times from April-August 2020. Exact dates and signups to be announced in February. More seminars to be added as necessary. Everyone who registers will have the opportunity to attend.


  • Free for Catalyst subscribers. (subscribe here)

  • $75 fee for non-subscribers. (register here)

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

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Contact us:

(218) 208-0140

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1

Duluth, MN 55801

Copyright Independent Television Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Federal Trademarks: Catalyst Stories, Catalyst Content Festival