Film Factory

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Congratulations to Kelechi Urama for winning a $5,000 production grant in the Steeltown Film Factory Community Showcase Challenge!

Kelechi's short film, Check Yes or No recieved the most votes in our online challenge.  She will recieve a  $5,000 production grant to make her film this summer.  Thanks to everyone who voted.


About the Most Recent Steeltown Film Factory Event: 

The 2014 Film Factory Competition came to a close with the “And the Winner Is…” finale event on Saturday, May 17th at Point Park’s GRW Theater. In front of a near-capacity crowd finalists Julie Jigour, Randy Kovitz, and Stephen Knezovitch presented their scripts to a panel of industry professionals via live table reads featuring local acting talent. The event also featured a networking reception, moviemaking-themed raffle giveaways, the announcement of the Community Showcase $5,000 production grant, and finally the presentation of the 2014 Ellen Weiss Kander award to the winner of this year’s Film Factory Competition.

And the winner is…

Stephen and Franksgiving

Franksgiving By Stephen Knezovich. Stephen was awarded $15,000 by Steeltown to produce his Pittsburgh-based holiday comedy this summer. Congratulations Stephen!

But that’s not all. As part Steeltown’s mission to both incubate talent and bring more projects to the region, fellow finalists Julie Jigour (Paper Umbrellas) and Randy Kovitz (The Beat Goes On) were each awarded $7,500 to bring their scripts to the silver screen in the coming months.

For details about the event, check out the media coverage on the event by the Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and on KDKA.


About The Steeltown Film Factory Competition:

Steeltown’s Film Factory is a nationally recognized screenwriting & short filmmaking competition, which strives to identify and support emerging talent and connects top producers, directors, and actors with Pittsburgh and its resources. (Some of the projects that our advisors have been involved with include: Good Will Hunting,300AvatarPreciousTwo and a Half Men, and more.) The program includes a series of public workshops, panel discussions, meet and greet events, and online support.

Entrants submit a 12 page script and the winner(s) are supported as they make their short film in Southwestern PA.   

Past Steeltown Film Factory films 

SHORT FILMS BEING SHOT THIS SUMMER THAT NEED CAST & CREW.  GET INVOLVED! Connect with Pittsburgh’s filmmaking community.  


Community Gallery

Featured Entrants

Are you looking to get involved with films in Pittsburgh? Check out these projects.  New this year: Our Steeltown Film Factory Community Showcase is an online resource for the Pittsburgh region's aspiring filmmakers. The featured selectees are the top 20 submissions of the 2014 Steeltown Film Factory Competition. Get involved! Learn more about these exciting talents, check out their scripts, and find out how you can be a part of PIttsburgh's growing filmmaking network.

The Gallery


Past Winners

Events & Opportunities

Make a Connection

Looking to break into the industry? Attend one of Steeltown’s events and check back often for updates.

Read the list of Steeltown Film Factory Judges, Speakers and Advisors.


The Writers' Pitch Recap


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2014 Film Factory Competition

The submission period for the 2014 Steeltown Film Factory is now closed. 

About the Film Factory

Announcing the 2014 Semifinalists and Community Showcase Selectees

Tricks of the Trade

Tips for Emerging Talent

The following are excerpts from some of the most well respected screenwriting books in the industry.  Remember, no book or website will tell you how to write a screenplay, but we hope these resources will help you on our journey in learning the craft of screenwriting and becoming a filmmaker. Read More »