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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Plenty of Pie Production Accelerator?

Plenty of Pie is the first of its kind talent incubator and production accelerator for the entertainment industry dedicated to helping content creators advance their diverse projects to the marketplace.

Who can apply?

If you are a highly motivated and creative emerging or mid-career producer with a project that you believe in, this is the place for you. There are no barriers here. We seek underserved voices in media: all genders, all sexual orientations, all ethnicities, all religions, all ages, all abilities and veterans.  We accept participants from all around the world, but keep in mind we are located in the Pacific time zone and our virtual seminars are LIVE and feature interactive Q&A.

Can I apply just to the accelerator?

No. Only participants who complete the incubator can apply to the Accelerator.

I need financing for my project, can I apply just to the Development Fund?

No. Only participants who complete the incubator and are accepted into the Accelerator get access to the Development Fund.

I have a great project, can you just produce it for me?

No. We only produce projects that have completed the Incubator and the Accelerator.

I have a finished film. Can you help me with distribution?

No. We do not accept finished films or projects already in production.

What kind of projects do you accept? What genres?

We accept scripts for film and TV projects in all genres. Please submit a completed script, though not necessarily a final draft. For documentary features & series, you must submit a detailed treatment. We do not accept short films and projects that are currently in production. We are looking for highly commercial projects that foster diversity in the industry.

What does the incubator cover?

In the incubator, you will learn the tools of producing for feature films, broadcast & cable TV, streaming, and documentary, with emphasis on up-to-the-minute trends in the industry. In sixteen weeks, we cover story, development, pitching, finance, packaging, production, marketing, distribution trends, future technology and more. You are expected to attend every seminar, complete weekly homework assignments, mid term, final and your project production plan, which includes budget, prep & production schedule, talent & director lists, post schedule, and preliminary marketing plan.

What is the difference between the incubator and the accelerator?

The incubator is a sixteen week virtual intensive on producing, that features seminars, mentor roundtables, and networking opportunities. The Accelerator is a collaborative production company that provides creatives with ongoing mentor support, development financing and access to distribution.

I'm already a professional producer and I'm looking for financing, can I apply?

We do not finance projects outside of the accelerator. Professional producers may apply to be a Mentor-Producer to help shepherd an incubator project. Mentor-Producers who successfully shepherd a project from development through delivery receive a producer's credit and pre-negotiated fee.

I've made one film, can I apply?

Absolutely! We accept emerging and mid-career content creators.

I'm currently staffed on a TV show, can I apply?

Yes! We accept emerging and mid-career content creators.

What are the important dates?

Please save the following dates as we finalize our schedule. (Dates are subject to change to accommodate speaker availability.)


Incubator Orientation: Thursday, 6/16; then virtual seminars @ 6pm PT every Tuesday: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27.

For Incubator projects: To be considered for the Accelerator, your production plan & final script must be submitted by 10/27.

What are the terms of the Development Fund?

If your project is accepted into the Accelerator, you will have access to a Development Fund up to $150K per project to cover creative costs (e.g., script rewrites, sizzle reels, and talent attachments). The length of Development is capped at 18 months.

Where are you located?

Plenty of Pie is based in Los Angeles. All of the incubator seminars are virtual and feature live Q & A.

How many projects are accepted?

The incubator accepts up to 100 projects per cohort. The accelerator accepts up to 20 projects per year.

What are the application deadlines?

Incubator applications are due TBD.

Applications for the Accelerator are only available to incubator alumni. Upon completion of the incubator, production Plans and final scripts must be submitted by TBD.

What do I need to include in my application?

Your application must include:

  • Signed Release Form (downloaded from the "Apply today" page)

  • Résumé (1-2 pages)

  • Short Biography (< 400 words)

  • Photo (with photo credit)

  • Statement of Purpose (1 page)

  • Script (needn’t be final) OR Treatment (for documentary & unscripted projects)

  • Story Synopsis (1-2 pages)

  • Copyright or WGA registration

I have a lot of projects, can I submit more than one?

No. You must select the ONE project that you feel is the strongest. Your choice of project reflects your taste and business-savvy as a producer.

My script isn't finished yet, can I still apply?

We require a completed script to apply, but it needn’t be a final draft. We understand that applicants may be polishing or revising their script, and the feedback you receive in the workshop will be invaluable to your revision.  Documentary features, docu-series or reality series require a detailed treatment in lieu of a script.

We are producing partners. Can we apply together?

Yes. No more than two producers per project may apply as a team. Teams should apply as ONE PROJECT. Each individual in the producing team should include their own: Release Form, Statement of Purpose, and Resume, bio, and photo.

I'm not available for all of those dates, Can I still apply?

No. You must commit to all dates. Seminars are virtual and are NOT recorded.

I don't have a resume. Can I submit just my bio?

You must submit both your resume and your biography. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

What can I expect after I apply?

Your application will be evaluated by our team of professional producers. 


All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by TBD. Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th at 6:30pm. 

You will receive a syllabus during Orientation. Seminars start promptly at 6:00pm PT and end around 8:00pm PT. Virtual breakout rooms are available for creatives to meet with each other and with Mentor-Producers 30 minutes before and after each session.  In addition to the sessions, there is also a significant amount of homework to prepare and then review with your mentors.

If I'm not accepted into the incubator, can I reapply?

Yes. We encourage applicants to speak to our alumni about their experience, order script coverage from a reputable service, and rework their application before reapplying.

If my project is not accepted into the Accelerator, can I reapply?

There's no need. Once you complete the incubator and submit your project plan, if your project is not chosen, it will continue to be considered for up to two years. In the meantime, we encourage creatives to consider using the skills learned and relationships made in the incubator to independently bring their projects to the marketplace.

I don't have a script, but I have a great idea for a movie. Can I apply?

No. We require a completed script to apply.

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