The "RealPitch Competition" connects new creators of non-fiction TV & Film with opportunities in our industry, and access to buyers and producers to help further their career and sell their projects. To date, the TV Writers Vault has been a unique platform where reality producers have discovered new projects resulting in shows aired globally on major networks. The "RealPitch Competition" has become an added beacon for talent deserving recognition and result. Be sure to read some of our professional advice on creating and pitching reality TV show ideas, then submit your Pitch for entry exclusively at FilmFreeway. We accept entry of pitches in all categories of nonfiction/unscripted TV & Film: Documentary Series, Reality Format, Factual, and all hybrids, in addition to non-fiction book-to-film, screenplays based on a true story, and true life stories.

Winner: RealScreen Summit Pass - Value $1750

Our promotional partner RealScreen is providing this invaluable experience for any creator pitching new formats for unscripted television. Realscreen Summit has, over the past 20 years, cemented its standing as the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. Top executives attend Realscreen Summit to network, procure projects, and engage in critical dialogue. Who's there, and what do you get?...

1200 Producers & Distributors

400 Content Buyers

Cocktail and Networking Events! Here's where you'll rub elbows and get one on one face time with executives during casual mixers, and pitch sessions!

Access to all of the sessions, keynotes and "30 Minutes With" sessions

Ability to sign up for Speed Pitching, Luncheon Roundtables, Meet a Mentor, Meet an Expert

Delegates' lounge access throughout the event, plus Breakfast or Lunch on designated days. Discounted room rates based on availability

2 Year TV Writers Vault Membership & Pitch Listing - Value $460
The industry's first online platform for pitching to deliver ideas to air globally on networks such as Lifetime TV, Discovery, A&E, SyFy, Velocity, UKTV and more. Your winning reality TV pitch will be listed in our industry marketplace for scouting by many of today's top Reality TV producers and executives.

2 Additional Premium Pitch Listings at TV Writers Vault - Value $100

We'll notify all executives and producers at the TV Writers Vault that your winning pitch is now listed and available for discussion and proposals. It's our way of turning up the heat, and connecting your pitch with the right producer.

Professional Pitch Deck Creation, 8-10 original slides designed based on any unscripted pitch you have (Your winning pitch, or a new pitch). ($600 value)

3 months complimentary membership and pitch listing at ($120 value) and 1 page of pitch notes from development producer Scott Manville ($200 value)

Professional Pitch Deck Creation, 8-10 original slides designed based on any unscripted pitch you have (Your winning pitch, or a new pitch). ($600 value)
Greg Shapiro of New York, NY
From Greg...

"First off, thanks again for hosting this competition and offering the pass as a prize. Without it, I would not have had the direct access to the production and network executives at RealScreen. Meeting face-to-face in a networking or speed pitching session is infinitely more effective than a cold email. I am currently talking to a few production companies and networks who liked my speed pitch and asked me to reach out to them with the sizzler. I am awaiting their feedback, following up periodically and keeping in mind that development is a slow process. As a first-time producer/seller, I soaked up the entire experience.

It was a fantastic event start to finish. The speed pitching was organized so well, and the Brunico staff went above and beyond to help me get as many slots as possible to present. That was the most fun I've ever had in my life. The app was great for organizing my time, and the hotel was an excellent choice with great food, rooms, staff and amenities. I definitely plan on attending again in the future.
Jeanette Bonner of Jackson Heights, NY
From Jeanette...

"This was a total gamechanger for me. It was an incredible opportunity. I started seeing my show as a commodity and started thinking realistically about how to get it to network. No one in the indie world is thinking about how to move their project outside the indie world, there's a huge disconnection. I also got a few leads, including the Food Network."


Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
There is no limit to the number of reality show concepts you may submit.
Reality show formats (concepts) may include structured challenges, be completely unscripted, or have a hybrid format. Material must be submitted by the creator.
If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize(s).
Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. This competition is for unscripted concepts and must be no longer than 10 pages total (2-3 is common) including any graphics or illustrations which are not required. All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders unless and until the rights holder settles negotiations of any proposed deal for partnership or transfer of rights.


All entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
Material should be submitted in standard PDF format
Material must include Title, Logline (one to three sentence description of the concept), and Synopsis OUTLINE (1 to 5 page description of the reality show )
The preliminary finalists and winner will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality of format; (ii) perceived viability in the marketplace; (iii) perceived entertainment value; The selected Finalists winner will be notified by e-mail via the FilmFreeway system. Dates and deadlines are posted, and may be updated at any time. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that, llc or any other partner may require before receiving prize. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


By entering the contest you acknowledge that you have read and agree to these conditions. You agree to release and hold harmless, llc, its subsidiaries, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administrating, advertising or promoting the contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the story by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless llc, and its sponsors, partners, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of prize. Employees of, llc and their immediate family members are ineligible to participate in the contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. Entry to this contest is void where prohibited or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the prize(s) is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.

I understand that, llc is not responsible for preserving or returning all or any portion of the material to me. If the material submitted herein is not new or novel, was not originated by me, has not been developed to concrete form, is similar to any material submitted by, or created by any other subscriber before this time and hereafter in perpetuity to, llc and its contest industry partners, or does not qualify for protection as an intellectual property, then I agree, llc and its contest industry partners shall not be liable to me for use of such material under the laws of Intellectual Property Rights. I understand and agree that due to the position and process of the, llc and its contest industry partners, they retain the right to develop and produce projects of similar theme, subject, format, or nature. I hereby warrant and represent: 1. that said material was created and/or is solely owned by me and no other person, firm or corporation has any right, title or interest therein or thereto; 2. that I have full right to submit same to you upon all of the terms and conditions stated herein; and 3. that the description of said material as set forth herein contains all of the elements thereof. I will indemnify, llc and its contest industry partners from any and all claims, loss or liability (including reasonable attorney's fees) that may be asserted against you or incurred by you at any time in connection with said material or any use thereof, arising from any breach or alleged breach of these warranties.


All entries are non-refundable.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to, llc and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Winning entrant agrees to provide written and video testimonial supporting the contest presented by the TV Writers Vault upon request and to be used in any and all forms of media.

COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP, llc or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership to any original short story submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made, such as negotiations of the deal proposal as prize.