Sites take the travel out of pitching film, television
In Hollywood, like most industries, it's about who you know. That gives people living and toiling in LA a huge advantage over people living elsewhere.
Since most agents won't take submissions, most connections come via a friend-of-a-friend (as so I'm told). To give folks like me access (and to take our money) the pitchfest was born.
Fade In's Hollywood Pitch Festival and Scriptfest.com are two of the larger ones. The Hollywood Pitch Festival is July 24-26 in Los Angeles. A three-day pass costs $495. The 2015 Scriptfest was May 29-31 in Burbank, with tickets ranging from $300 to $750.
Each pitchfest is a little different, but most involve standing in a hotel ballroom trying to make small talk as you wait your turn to talk to your chosen film exec. All told, you're looking at spending $800 for a day of workshops and five minutes with eight agents, managers or production company execs.
I'm not passing judgment on whether that's a good value, I haven't been to either of those events. They might be worth it for the seminars and networking alone. But in that the information age there are new routes to get your film or television pitch before Hollywood types.