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2017 ScriptBiz (18th Edition)

Friday August 11th

Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable & real


2017 Hard Copy Application Form

2017 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:

$90 for the day-long program



The Rhode Island Foundation

1 Union Street, Providence RI 02903 • t. 401.274.4564

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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 2017 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 11th, 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:

2017 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: 2016 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 — 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 — Shot Reverse Shot: Chris Sparling and Tatiana Siegel in conversation about the Business of Writing:


• How to make a living as a screenwriter: Chris Sparling (with Tatiana Siegel)


• What makes a great script from a business perspective? Tatiana Siegel (with Chris Sparling)




12:30 — Writing for Character and Performance

• Alfred Thomas Catalfo

• RIIFF filmmakers

Moderator: Art Jones


1:30 — Writing Emerging Narratives: Hybrid, Web, and VR


• Art Jones

• Ramin Serry

• Annie Berman

Moderator: Michele Meek


2:30 — Visualizing your Story


• John Inwood

Moderator: Ramin Serry



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 Was Who at ScriptBiz 2016:


Annie Berman is a media artist living and working in New York City. Her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally in galleries, festivals, universities, and conferences, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. Her work has received support from the Puffin Foundation, Wave Farm, the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, the Center for Independent Documentary, Signal Culture, and UnionDocs. She holds an MFA in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College.


freddieAlfred Thomas Catalfo is a screenwriter, director and attorney. He has been a winner or finalist in more than 30 major screenwriting competitions with five different feature scripts, and is a past winner of the RIIFF Screenwriting Competition. He has written, produced and directed 8 short films which have been featured at festivals, on Entertainment Weekly's Must List, and on Virgin Airlines. His latest feature script is currently being packaged for the screen by one of the industry's leading agencies. More information is available at www.catalfo.com




inwoodJohn Inwood is an Emmy nominated cinematographer and Director based in New York. Born in Santa Monica, CA while growing up in Brooklyn, Inwood studied English Literature at Vassar College and then attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts - Graduate Film School, where he received his MFA in Directing.


With over 20 years as a cinematographer, Inwood has professionally photographed a wide range of projects including Documentaries, Television Promos, Commercials, Music Videos, Television Series, and Feature Films. He made his mark working on independent films such as The Daytrippers, Face, Six Ways to Sunday, and most recently The Best and the Brightest with Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris. Inwood has worked much of his career in television, shooting awarding winning network episodic shows and pilots such as Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, NBC’s Scrubs for eight seasons, Comedy Central’s Strangers with Candy, NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Fox’s The Goodwin Games, NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show and most recently the Netflix Comedy Hit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, recently nominated for 7 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series. Inwood’s career to date includes photographing nearly 250 episodes of television. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Best Cinematography in 2008 for his work on Scrubs. He most recently photographed four SNL Parody Films, including the controversial ISIS commercial. He is currently prepping for Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Inwood lectures and teaches between television seasons. He recently traveled abroad to teach in Asia at NYU’s Graduate Film School Asia in Singapore and the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is a member of IATSE Local 600 and the Director’s Guild of America. He lives with his wife, Nadia, and son, Aidan in Brooklyn, NY.


Art Jones heads Great Jones Productions in New York, making films that move people and make change. As writer and director, Art champions a “not a movie, but a movement” approach that fuses filmmaking with grassroots community-building to spur social action. His feature films, "Dodgeball," "Going Nomad" and "Lustre" have played on HBO, PBS and in theaters across the U.S. and Europe. His recent documentary, "The Blood in this Town" focuses on a struggling blue-collar city in Vermont that rallies to revive and rebuild itself. A native New Yorker, Art graduated from Brown, lives in Brooklyn and serves as Adjunct Professor of Film at Hunter College / CUNY where he teaches producing, screenwriting and entrepreneurship. He has been nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, and won “Best Producer” at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. His latest feature, “Forbidden Cuba” is the first American feature filmed in Cuba since 1959, shot without permission using guerrilla-style filmmaking that would make Che Guevara proud. Described as a “combination between ‘Local Hero’ and ‘Apocalypse Now,’” the film has been hailed by the Village Voice as “timely and needed” in current debate over the U.S. role in a rapidly changing Cuba.


“Forbidden Cuba” debuts in Providence at the RIIFF this Saturday, August 13, 2:15pm at the The Vets.


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/


micheleMichele Meek is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator who pioneered the development of NewEnglandFilm.com and led the transition of the 30-year-old film magazine The Independent to the nonprofit Independent Media Publications where she remains a board member. She co-edited The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution (2014) and has written on film in publications including MovieMaker Magazine, The Independent, and Indiewire. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Rhode Island and is currently at works on a short narrative/documentary hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to a real Berlin adventure playground. She has taught at Boston College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and University of Rhode Island. For more information, visit her website at www.michelemeek.com or contact her at mm@michelemeek.com.


Ramin Serry has written and directed two critically acclaimed feature films, “Maryam” (2002) and “Loveless” (2011). His short films “Don’t Call It A Comeback” and “Future Hero” (1st Place - Comedy, 2014 RIFF) were both Vimeo Staff Picks and official selection at several film festivals. He has recently completed a comedic web series, Film U, about a dysfunctional film school. Serry has taught screenwriting at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Georgia, The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and Hunter College.


tatianaTatiana Siegel rejoined The Hollywood Reporter as a film reporter in June 2012 and was promoted to senior film writer in November 2014. She previously worked at the magazine from 2003-07. During her first stint at THR, Ms. Siegel also offered showbiz analysis on the weekly TV series Starz The Hollywood Reporter. Before returning to THR, she covered the film business for Variety from 2007-12. Additionally, Ms. Siegel has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MTV and E! Before entering the Hollywood fray, she worked as an editor and reporter for several publications including the New York Daily News, the Providence Phoenix and the Boston Globe. She began her journalism career as a sports reporter at the Providence Journal.

Ms. Siegel also has written extensively as a freelancer for such newspapers and magazines as USA Today, Emmy Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Nation. In 2014, she was nominated for two Southern California Journalism Awards in the entertainment news or feature category for "The New A-List" and the feature/commentary over 1,000 words category for "Revenge of the Over-40 Actress." She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.


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.


darWDaria Woszek graduated at the Jagiellonian University, followed by studies in theatre and film directing at the Krzysztof Kieslowski Faculty of Radio and Television University in Silesia in Katowice. She completed film directing and screenwriting masterclasses at the Wajda School. Her film "The Confession" won first prize in the student category (Kodak Award) at the 2010 Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles. Her public awareness short, Morskie Opowiesci (The Sea Stories), received the award for artistic vision in the Kodak Advertising Film Competition for students in the same year. Daria directed well-known Arabic TV series “Saleem 3”, which was screened by the major Asian TV stations. She was also a part of the AD’s department in Bollywood’s production called “Bangistan”. She works as a theatre director and a multimedia director, was responsible for designing digital scenography for numerous performances at Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre.


Program Organizers for 2017:

Andrew Lund

Dr. J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk



George T. Marshall

Duncan Putney



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