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2019 ScriptBiz (20th Edition)

Friday August 9th

Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable & real


2019 Hard Copy Application Form

2019 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:

$90 for the day-long program




Moses Brown School, 250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence RI 02906

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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 2019 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 19th 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, at the Moses Brown School, Walter Jones Library, 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 2018 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: The 2018 Schedule

This year's program is directed by Shawn Quirk


2:30 A Programmer's Perspective What Festival Programmers Look For In A Film Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival Ian McCarthy, New Hampshire Film Festival Wrap


9:00 a.m.

Welcome to ScriptBiz / What are you working on?

Shawn Quirk, Flickers Program Director, will welcome attendees and begin a conversation with those in attendance. Attendees will share with each other a bit about their areas of expertise and the projects they are currently working on.


9:30 a.m.

The Art of The Pitch

Exploring the ever evolving methods of pitching ones work within the industry.

A conversation with Chris Sparling, Writer, Buried (2010)


10:30 a.m.

From Script to Screen

Steps To Consider Once Your Script is Finished

- Alfred Thomas Catalfo, RIIFF Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner, 2012

- Jennifer Potts, RIIIFF Spotlight On New England Grand Prize Winner, 2016

- Barry Brennessel, RIIFF Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner, 2017


11:15 p.m.

Actors as Writers

An Actor's Take On Screenwriting

- Freddie Fox, Writer/Director, Hero (2018)

- Viktoria Runstova, Actress/Writer/Director, The Collar (2017)

- Marlyn Mason, Actress/Writer, Model Rules (2008)


12:00 p.m. (NOON)



12:30 p.m.

Writing For Your Budget

Strategies Of Writing A Script That Can Be Easily Produced

- Michael Rasmussen, Writer/Director, The Ward (2010)

- Scott Rasmussen, Writer/Director, The Ward (2010)

- Jonathan Federico, Writer/Producer, Funeral (2018)


1:30 p.m.

Writing for Camera

Writing With The Visual Language In Mind

- Ru Khawata, Animator, Negative Space (2017)

- Michael Rousse, Actor/Writer/Director, Geoff (2017)


2:30 p.m.

A Programmer's Perspective

What Festival Programmers Look For In A Film

- Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival

- Ian McCarthy, New Hampshire Film Festival



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, 2018. After that date NO REFUNDS will be made. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Who's Who at ScriptBiz 2018:


ChrisChris Sparling

Chris Sparling wrote the 2010 film BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His 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 and contributed to his selection to Variety's annual list of "10 Screenwriters to Watch." After adapting the novel DOWN A DARK HALL for Temple Hill and Lionsgate Films, he is now adapting LAND OF THE LIVING for Broad Green Pictures. His latest film MERCY, which he wrote and directed for Netflix, was released in 2016, and he will produce the film BED REST for MGM in 2017.


reshadReshad Kulenovic, MFA

Program Co-Director

Reshad Kulenovic is a writer/director based in Rhode Island and New York. He has worked in the production department of numerous films and TV shows, including THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS and in the camera department for the Newport Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Fellowship and the University of Rhode Island gave him the first ever President's Award for Excellence in Film. For his short film SNOVI he became one of the first artists to be funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Another producer of SNOVI was the Centre Andre Malraux Sarajevo, which also produced Jean-Luc Godard's NOTRE MUSIQUE. SNOVI has played 20 international film festivals and was awarded a Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival. SNOVI was nominated for a 2011 Student Academy Award.


Reshad was a 2011-2012 RISCA Film Fellow, writing his follow up film while teaching in the Film Media program at the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.


For more information got to: www.snovifilm.com


S.OberackerJ. Scott Oberacker, Ph.D.

Educational Outreach Director

Scott has recently joined as Flickers' Educational Outreach Director, where he works to develop and maintain the festivals’ educational outreach programs as well as aids in the selection and adjudication of the festival’s films. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has worked as a film scholar and teacher for many years. His writing on film has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and he is currently co-editing a book on the television series, Friday Night Lights. Most recently, Scott taught film and media courses at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he also helped to coordinate the Roving Eye Film Festival and the Tournées French Film Festival, in conjunction with RIIFF. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.


shawnShawn Quirk, MFA

Program Co-Director

Shawn is an independent filmmaker, artist and scholar who has directed a number of short films and short documentaries. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Boston University, he worked for two years as an English assistant in France at the Cité Scolaire Vauban in Givet. During his time abroad he became involved with a number of film productions in both Belgium and France, which included camera work for the two time Palme d'or winning Dardennes Brothers on their most recent film "The Kid with the Bike." Shawn became a part of the Flickers team in the Fall of 2011, and is now the Program Director for Flickers and oversees the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Vortex, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival. As a filmmaker and noted editor in his own right, Shawn's goal is to help discover the next generation of auteurs, the new voices of independent cinema. Shawn recently completed his MFA at Lesley University. To email Shawn: click here.


Program Organizers for 2018:

Andrew Lund

Dr. J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk



George T. Marshall

Duncan Putney



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