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D.C. – ScriptDC Conference – Oct 11-13 – Fee

ScriptDC – Words to “Action!”

ScriptDC is the premier conference for Mid-Atlantic filmmakers including writers, directors, producers, editors, and talent to connect with accomplished teachers, consultants and industry professionals. The 2019 conference will be October 11-13, 2019 at American University.


ScriptDC supports the work of independent filmmakers via seminars that provide access to talented media professionals willing to share their expertise.  This year’s speakers will give you insights into story structure, the horror and rom/com genres, how to finance your film with crowdfunding or equity financing, what it’s like to be in the writer’s room, how to direct from doc to narrative (or vice versa), editing archival-based films, the editor as storyteller (and more)!  We are delighted to be working with Roadmap Writers to give 32 attendees the opportunity to pitch their projects via Skype to LA-based development executives.  Only thing missing this weekend is the cost of a plane ticket! 


Sessions and Speakers* include:

> Story Structure & Inside the Writers Room workshops with Ligiah Villalobos;

> Directing Doc to Narrative (all day) with Joan Darling;

> Crowdfunding with Emily Best;

> Practice your Pitch with Laurie Scheer;

> Equity Financing for Your Film with Thomas Dunlap, Kurt Klaus, Jamie Coughlin, Lance Kramer;

> Editor as Storyteller with Emily E. Hickox, ACE;

> Understanding Horror Tropes with May Santiago;

> Directing and Producing Horror Films with Jane Fleming (invited) & Eduardo Santiago (invited); 

> Writing the Romantic Comedy;

> Directing the Romantic Comedy with Nisha Ganatra;

> Editing Archival-based FIlms

> Script Critiques (Sunday am) – limited slots;

> Pitches (Sunday pm)– Skype slots with LA-based development executives; limited slots available;

> Are You Ready for Media? with Sandra Lea Abrams (Sun pm);

> Status of WGA Negotiations with Monica Lee Bellais (Sun pm);

> One-on-one Script Reviews – limited slots during weekend.

*Speakers subject to change.


What is Included in Your Registration?

Friday evening features a reception and conference presenters discussing their careers and the future of independent media.

Saturday is a full-day of workshops. The evening will feature a reception and screening followed by Q&A.

Sunday there will be script critiques, pitches, workshops and software demonstrations. There’s even time to practice your pitch!  You may observe the first five-page critiques on Sunday morning.


To qualify for the student registration, a student ID must be emailed to director@wifv.org.