It's Our 16th Year:
2015 ScriptBiz (uploaded)
Friday, August 7th: Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable
2015 Hard Copy Application Form, coming
2015 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:
$90 for the day-long program
The Rhode Island Foundation
1 Union Street #6, Providence RI 02903 • t. 401.274.4564
Includes light breakfast, lunch, tickets to our evening performances and a special screening
at 3:30 p.m. at the Paff Theatre, University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus, Providence, RI , followed by a filmmaker Q&A.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Attention all scriptwriters with a story inside that is trying to get out...
Sign-up now for RIIFF’s ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter’s Workshop.
For more information on 2015 ScriptBiz (uploaded), call the RIIFF offices at (401) 861-4445.
ScriptBiz™ is a day-long workshop that
explores how to hone your
creative and business skills
Trying 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 16th 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 7th, in downtown Providence, RI. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by a special screening of films created by several of the panelists at 3:15 in the Paff theater.
Again, the fee is $90. Call 401.861.4445.
To apply to the 2015 ScriptBiz™ workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application below:
2015 Application Form, coming
For information, please contact RIIFF at email@example.com, or call the Festival Office at 401/861-4445.
Past ScriptBiz™ Programming: 2014 Schedule
9:00 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
Here is a chance to chat with program moderator Bill Torgerson and your fellow
writers and filmmakers. It is also a great time for casual conversation if you’re thinking
about trying to write your first script.
9:30 a.m. — What Are You Working On?
Bill Torgerson, Director of Creative Writing at RIIFF, leads a discussion among attendees about what brings them to ScriptBiz. It’s a chance to discuss current projects, hopes for what is next, and a time to share your questions so you can make sure they get answered during the day.
10:00 a.m. — The Craft of Writing the Script
Jenna Sullivan and Quentin James are winners of the 2014 Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition and they will discuss their collaboratively written script "Growing Things." They are joined by Alfred Thomas Catalfo, the 2013 winner. These accomplished writers will talk about the craft of writing and the possible benefits of entering screenplay contests.
11:00 a.m.— Ask the Tough Questions
How much do screenwriters get paid? How do you get into the WGA? What websites, podcasts, and other resources should you be aware of? Writer Chris Sparling and producer Dan Cohen have agreed to focus on your questions first.
12:00 p.m. — LUNCH BREAK
12:30 p.m. — From the Script to the Screen
This panel of directors and their teams share how scripts became accepted films at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
1:30 p.m. — The Story in Documentary
What role, if any, does the script play in the documentary film? What sort of writing has to be done? In this panel of documentary filmmakers, directors and their teams explain how they found and puzzled together the stories in their movies.
3:15 p.m. — ScriptBiz Special Screening
Now that you’ve heard the panelists, here is a chance to enjoy a special screening of some of their work. A final question and answer session will follow with participating filmmakers following the screening.
Location: Paff Theatre at URI Feinstein School, Providence
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 20, 2015. After that date NO REFUNDS will be made. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.
Who's (WAS) Who at ScriptBiz 2014:
Chris 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, will be released in early 2015. His most recent script, SEA OF TREES, is slated to begin production in July of 2014, starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gus Van Sant. He is currently adapting author Jo Nesbo's bestselling crime novel BLOOD ON SNOW for Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio. He has also sold TV projects to F/X, Universal Television, and Fox Television Studios.
Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director, and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at New York University's School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since then, he has directed and produced more than ten short films. Alves’s film “Tom in America,” featuring an ensemble cast that includes two Academy Award nominees, Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, appears in this year’s festival. Flavio Alves is the founder of Queens Pictures, a New York-based film production company.
Alfred Thomas Catalfo is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor and attorney. His feature script Betrayed is the Grand Prize Winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. He has been a winner or finalist in 23 major screenwriting competitions with four different feature scripts, including the Nantucket Film Festival Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Showtime in which he wrote two of the three finalist scripts in a blind competition, an unprecedented achievement. In 2006, he wrote, produced and directed The Norman Rockwell Code, a 35-minute, Web-based spoof of The Da Vinci Code that was featured on The Must List ("Ten Things We Love This Week") in Entertainment Weekly and had more than one million online hits in three months. The Library of Congress selected The Norman Rockwell Code for inclusion in its Film Collection which features works by American filmmakers chosen on the basis of their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance. Catalfo's film Bighorn is a 15-minute, supernatural historical fantasy that was the subject of full-page stories in the Boston Herald and New York Daily News, and winner of the 2011 Online New England Film Festival. His website is www.catalfo.com
Jeffrey De Chausse,
Writer & Director. Jeffrey grew up in Detroit with a French gypsy mother and an American father. His father ran a TV station and his mother worked in wardrobe at the Detroit Opera house. He spent his summers in France working with his family in the carnival traveling from small town to small town. These days he travels the world shooting documentaries, films and commercials. But before starting his directing career Jeffrey was an award winning advertising creative for agencies worldwide. Since 2004 he has done work for Apple, Visa, Lexus, Toyota and many others from start ups to fortune 500 companies.
In 2006 he was selected by BOARDS magazine as a director to watch. He is a passionate filmmaker with a love of strong images and emotional storytelling. In the past eight years he has directed over a hundred commercials and has completed four short films including SPERFECT, ESPERAME, MUSEUM FOR THE PEOPLE and just recently ANNIVERSARIO. He also has an up coming feature documentary filmed in Detroit called AMERICAN AUTO - a story of an used car salesman trying to make an honest living as the city of Detroit collapses around him. The documentary will be coming out end of 2013.
His short films have also won and played at various festivals all over the world. His advertising work has won gold, silver and bronze awards at such venues at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, the New York One Club, the Clios, the British Design and Art Directors Club. He has been guided and mentored by Judy Hoffman, Albert Maysles and Wim Wenders. He is a member of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Reykjavik Int'l Film Festival Talent Lab and the Directors Guild of America.
He currently lives in Los Angeles. He spends his time between working, family and dreaming.
Quentin James co-authored "Growing Things," winner of the 2014 RIIFF Screenplay Competition. He is a writer and performer working out of Cambridge, MA. He is a current member of the sketch comedy gang Friends of Gertrude and the comedy team The Quiet Generation, and he is a former of member of the ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company, Family show, and initial sketch comedy house team, The Ruckus. He has had his written works of comedy published and/or produced by The Windsor Review, ShimmyHoots Review, Arcadia Magazine, SLAMBoston, and MadLab Theater Roulette. In addition, he is the writer and producer of and ninja in the web series Hot Dog and The Ninja. Quentin received his M.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University and originally hails from St. Louis, MO.
Steven Loring is a screenwriter and doc filmmaker. His RIIFF entry, THE AGE OF LOVE, was winner of the 2013 Paley Center DocFest Pitch Competition and was recently awarded a Fledgling Fund outreach and social engagement grant. Steven received his MFA in 2012 from the Social Documentary Film program at School of Visual Arts. His short, SHACHARIT–A MORNING PRAYER, won multiple awards at screenings in the US and Europe. Recently, he was Archival Researcher for Marshall Curry’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, IF A TREE FALLS. As a screenwriter, Loring wrote eight Movies-of-the-Week for NBC, CBS and Lifetime, including THE OTHER MOTHER with Frances Fisher and NO ONE WOULD TELL with Fred Savage. A member of WGAeast, SAG and Actors Equity, Loring has also acted Off-Broadway and in films.
Iker Maidagan (director of Mirage). Originally from the Basque Country, Spain, he abandoned a Journalism career to pursue filmmaking and animation in the US. While studying at the School of Visual Arts, he met frequent collaborator Dana Terrace and together they produced their thesis film Mirage, which went on to be selected in over 70 international festivals so far, including the Academy qualifying LA Shorts Fest, Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Flickers: Rhode Island, and Santa Barbara Film Festival, where it screened as the accompanying short of Pixar's Monsters University. Iker works now as a story artist in Blue Sky Studios, where he has been part of the team behind the upcoming Peanuts film, as well as Ice Age 5 and the adaptation of the children's book The Anubis Tapestry. On the side, he still finds time to develop his second short film and occasionally contribute with articles on visual storytelling for cultural magazines in Spain.
Ned McNeilage is an Australian born, U.S. based filmmaker. His films include “Showfolk,” a study of seven Hollywood Golden Age veterans living together at the Motion Picture & Television Fund home, “This Is All We Know,” life on the road with ZZ Top, and the “Brad & Earth” climate-change shorts for MTV.
Eric Latek is a director of photography, motion graphics artist, and he directed “My Name is Anna,” a documentary short screening this year’s festival. He is currently at work on a feature film Tiger.
Lindsay Lindenbaum directed “Scattered,” a documentary she began shortly following her father’s death. The film explores the nature of memory and the role that home movies play in how we remember the past. Lindenbaum graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Film & Media Studies and Psychology and the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Social Documentary Film.
Michele Noble directed Journey 4 Artists, a feature documentary. Noble is a political activist raising her voice in protest against injustice, inequality, poverty, racism, and War. She believes Journey 4 Artists proclaims the ideals of political, social, and religious activism, in this case, through world music. She is a graduate of USC film school and a screenwriter, film director, and producer.
Michael Slavens (director and co-writer) graduated from NYU with a BFA in film production and started Five Eyed Films shortly thereafter. He has directed and produced a number of music videos, industrials and commercials. In 2009, he completed a collection of music videos for popular Kindie-Rock band, The Jimmies, entitled "Trying Funny Stuff." As an editor, he has worked for VEVO, Aol, and The New York Times, as well as on television shows, award-winning documentaries, and national commercials. What Cheer? is his first short film.
Jenna Sullivan has worked as a freelance writer for over 9 years on projects ranging from travel videos, to copywriting to a children’s book. She double majored in Drama and in Psychology as she earned her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She also obtained her MFA in Screen Drama Direction from Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Sullivan has written, produced and directed numerous short films. She also co-wrote and illustrated the children’s book “Bananas Over Nora,” which is pending publication. Jenna is founder and Executive Director of Visitors TV Network, a video production company that specializes in video city tours that play on in-room hotel TV channels. Additionally, she is an actor and can be seen in a recurring role in Showtime’s Brotherhood as well as other film, TV and stage productions. Currently, she is busy working with Quentin James on their next feature script together, as well as a separate feature on her own.
Roy Wol is a NY based Argentine-Israeli-Turkish producer. He recently produced Flavio Alves’ TOM IN AMERICA starring academy award nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland; Doug Karr’s ART MACHINE (distributed by FilmBuff), starring Golden Globe nominee Joey Lauren Adams; A WIFE ALONE starring Catherine Curtin (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), distributed by Gravitas Ventures. Wol's films focus on family dramas, immigrating and counter cultures, social justice and conflict resolution. Wol is currently producing THE NAKED MIND, a documentary about the transformational effects of Meditation on the mind and running Autonomous Pictures from Time Square.
William J. Torgerson serves as the Director of Creative Writing for the Rhode Island International Film Festival and program organizer for ScriptBiz 2014. He directed “Brothers in Pursuit,” a short film based on his novel and feature screenplay Love on the Big Screen. He is an associate professor in the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University in New York.
You can learn more about William on his website at TheTorg.com.
Organizers for 2015:
William J. Torgerson, Program Director
Dr. J. Scott Oberacker
George T. Marshall
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