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2018 ScriptBiz (19th Edition)

Friday August 10th

Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable & real


2018 Hard Copy Application Form

2018 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:

$90 for the day-long program




1 Union Street, Providence RI 02903 • t. 401.

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Includes light breakfast, lunch, tickets to our evening performances and a special screening

at 3:30 p.m. at the RISD Museum Auditorium, Providence, RI , followed by a filmmaker Q&A.



Attention all scriptwriters with a story inside that is trying to get out...

Whether big, small or in-between, give life to your ideas.

Sign-up now for RIIFF’s ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter’s Workshop.


For more information on 2018 ScriptBiz, call the RIIFF offices at (401) 861-4445.


ScriptBiz™ is a day-long workshop that explores how to hone your

creative and business skills

scriptbixTrying to write your first script? Worrying about how to pitch your script more effectively to potential investors? Moving a completed script into production? Learn from the best at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s 18th Annual ScriptBiz program!


For an entry fee of only $90, emerging screenwriters can hone their skills by interacting with and learning from seasoned industry professionals. This year’s program, entitled “From Page to Screen,” takes screenwriters through the entire screenwriting process, with panel discussions on the ins and outs of writing a script and the business aspects of getting a script into production, as well as a special workshop on “pitching your script.”


ScriptBiz takes place on Friday, August 10th, in downtown Providence, RI. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Again, the fee is $90. Call 401.861.4445.


To apply to the 2017 ScriptBiz™ workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application below:

2018 Application Form, click here.

For information, please contact RIIFF at info@film-festival.org, or call the Festival Office at 401/861-4445.


Eventbrite - 2016 ScriptBiz (17th Edition) 


ScriptBiz™ Program: 2018 Schedule

9:00 a.m.

Welcome to ScriptBiz / What are you working on?


Andrew Lund of Hunter College will welcome ScriptBiz attendees and begin a conversation about questions that need to be answered about scriptwriting, current projects, and the areas of expertise represented in the room.


9:30 a.m.

The Art of Pitching

ScriptBiz Panelists give their 3-minute pitch on effective pitching

ScriptBiz participants present 3-minute project pitches to the ScriptBiz Panelists


10:30 a.m.

Knowing Your Audience. Writing for yourself versus writing for a director, investor, tv channel, etc.


A conversation with Chris Sparling.


11:30 a.m.

Narrative and Documentary. How Narrative Filmmaking informs Documentary and Vice Versa.




• James Burns

• Rick Rodgers

• Marie Elisa Scheidt




1:00 p.m.

Writing for Character and Performance



Tannaz Hazemi (RIIFF Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner)

Jennifer Potts (Spotlight On New England Grand Prize Winner)

Cesare Joly (RIIFF Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalist)


1:45 p.m.

What Actors Look For In A Script




• Asher Grodman

• Rebecca Harris

• Charlotte Peter


2:30 p.m.

Adaptation – From Book to Screen




• Karen Allen

• Tatiana Fedorovskaya

• Adam Cushman



Please Note: Accepted filmmakers can sign up for free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.


REFUNDS: Refunds, minus a $50 office fee, will be available until July 18, 2017. After that date NO REFUNDS will be made. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.


Who's Who at ScriptBiz 2017:


karenKaren Allen is an award winning film and theatre actor and director. She has starred in films including “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Starman”,” Scrooged,” “Animal House”, “The Perfect Storm,” “The Glass Menagerie” “The Wanderers”, “Shoot the Moon”, Until September” , “A Small Circle of Friends” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, “White Irish Drinkers”, and “Bad Hurt”.


She starred in “Year By the Sea”, based on Joan anderson’s NY Times best selling memoir. On and Off- Broadway she has appeared in “The Monday After the Miracle” (for which she received a Theatre World Award), “Extremities”, ”The Country Girl”, “The Miracle Worker“, “Beautiful Bodies”, “Speaking in Tongues”, “Temporary Help”, “The Glass Menagerie” and has worked at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Westport Country Playhouse, and Shakespeare & Company. Most recently she starred in Rattlestick Theatre’s production of Jon Fosse’s “A Summer Day” at the Cherry Lane in NYC .


She began teaching and directing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2004 and has directed productions of “Moonchildren”, “Extremities”, and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair du Lune” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Obie Award winning production of Lucy Thurber’s world premiere of “Ashville” at the Cherry Lane in NYC.


Karen completed directing her first film, “A Tree,. A Rock. A Cloud.”, based on the short story of Carson McCullers’ and starring Jeff DeMunne and James McMenamin. It won Best International Narrative Short Film at the Manchester Film Festival in England in March of 2017 and she won a Best Director Award at the Rhode Island FF in August of 2017.


andrewAndrew Lund, a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer, Andrew is an Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute; he is also a faculty member of the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he received J.D., M.F.A. a

nd B.A. degrees. Brief Reunion, a feature film that Andrew produced and co-edited, won the top prize for narrative filmmaking at the 2011 UFVA conference and the Audience Award for Best Film at New York’s 2011 Gotham International Film Festival. My Last Day Without You, on which Andrew served as executive producer, recently won the top producing honors at the 2011 Brooklyn International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in Europe this fall. Andrew is the Executive Producer of nine feature films, including The Hungry Ghosts, written and directed by Michael Imperioli; Vanaja, named by Roger Ebert as one of the top five foreign films of 2007, and Arranged, an international hit that Variety called “a pure pleasure to watch” Andrew has also written and directed five award winning short films. In addition to worldwide festival screenings and television broadcasts, his shorts are included in film textbooks, DVD compilations, and distributed theatrically and non-theatrically. Andrew founded and curates CinemaTalks, the independent film screening and discussion series, and he created the Short Film Repository, which houses educational extras that support short filmmaking. Andrew’s writing on film includes an essay, “What’s a Short Film, Really?” in “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution” by Sharon Badal, numerous book reviews for the journal, Film International, and two books on independent filmmaking in the works for Peter Lang Publishers.


You can learn more about Andrew on his website: http://andrewlundfilms.com/


ChrisChris Sparling was born and raised in North Providence, Rhode Island. He wrote the 2010 film BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, as well as a Spanish Academy Award in the same category. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. Chris's feature directing debut, the supernatural thriller THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, was released in early 2015 by Universal Pictures. THE SEA OF TREES, which he wrote and produced, starring Matthew McConaughey, Namoi Watts, and directed by Gus Van Sant, was nominated for the Palm d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it received its world premiere. He is currently adapting author Jo Nesbo's bestselling crime novel BLOOD ON SNOW for Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio, and is adapting the book DOWN A DARK HALL for Lionsgate Films. He has also sold TV projects to F/X, Universal Television, and Fox Television Studios.


Program Organizers for 2018:

Andrew Lund

Dr. J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk



George T. Marshall

Duncan Putney



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