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2016 ScriptBiz (17th Edition)

Friday August 12th

Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable & real


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2016 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:

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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 2016 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 17th 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 12th, 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 RISD Museum Auditorium.


Again, the fee is $90. Call 401.861.4445.


To apply to the 2016 ScriptBiz™ workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application below:

2016 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™ Programming: 2015 Schedule

9:00 a.m. — Welcome to ScriptBiz / What are you working on?


Professor Bill Torgerson of St. John’s University 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. — Focus on the Script


George Billard: RIIFF Screenplay Grand Prize Winner for "DIspossessed"

Ivan Barge: Director


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Writing and Producing with Major Studios


Chris Sparling: Writer/Director

Dan Carey: Producer


12:00 p.m. — LUNCH BREAK


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. — The Short Film as a Step Toward the Feature


Michael Cuomo: Actor/Producer

• Paolo Monico: Director


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. — Writing About Film


Tatiana Siegel: The Hollywood Reporter

Michelle Meek: NewEnglandFilm.com

Tyler Derench: actor


2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Visualizing Your Story


Andrew Lund: Educator/Filmmaker/Entertainment Lawyer

• John Inwood: Cinematographer/Director



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, 2016. After that date NO REFUNDS will be made. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Who's (WAS) Who at ScriptBiz 2015:


ivanBIvan Barge is a New Zealand Director and Producer. His second short film ‘Madam Black’ was funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and was completed in early 2015. It received it’s World Premiere at Dances With Films in Los Angeles, where it won the Industry Choice Award. The film has also screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, and is an Official Selection at this years Rhode Island International Film Festival. Ivan’s first short ‘Snooze Time’ was released online in late 2014 by ‘Short Of The Week’ and was selected for the New Directors section of ‘Shots’ 154.


Ivan started out in film producing music promos, he has produced over 70. In the last few years when he is not making short films, he’s producing TVC’s, both in New Zealand and Internationally.


georgebGeorge Billard is an award-winning producer, writer, director, cinematographer and photographer. He works across cultural boundaries in every kind of environment, and has honed an ability to craft compelling, highly visual narratives in work that ranges from advertising to documentaries, television and film. He has helmed productions in over forty countries. His work has been featured at festivals including The Mill Valley Film Festival, The Atlanta Film Festival, IFP, The Asian American International Film Festival, New Filmmakers New York, LA Shorts, The Orlando International Film Festival and The Woods Hole Film Festival. He co-created the A&E series The Well-Seasoned Traveler. In addition to his work as co-producer/writer, he directed and photographed ten episodes in seven countries. His corporate clients include: Toyota, Merrill Lynch, American General, Dannon, Gallo, Panasonic, Care, Warner Lambert, Revlon and Starwood Hotels. In 2005, Billard pursued his interest in international foreign policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was awarded a Master's Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis on negotiation and conflict resolution. He is currently at work on Amateur, a feature length documentary on amateur mixed-martial arts fighters in New York City, as well corporate communication, and films for television and theatrical release.


danCDan Carey is a New York-based independent producer. He currently runs Touchy Feely Films with partners Paul and Elizabeth Giamatti. At present, the company is in production on the television series OUTSIDERS for WGN, and developing the series LODGE 49 for AMC. Recent films include I USED TO BE DARKER (written/directed by Matthew Porterfield), ALMOST CHRISTMAS (directed by Phil Morrison and written by Melissa James Gibson), COLD SOULS (written/directed by Sophie Barthes), PRETTY BIRD (written/directed by Paul Schnieder), JOHN DIES AT THE END (written/directed by Don Coscarelli), and Chris Zalla’s PADRE NUESTRO, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2007. Projects in development include an adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn’s novel PHARMAKON, an adaptation for television of Charles Willeford’s HOKE MOSELEY novels, and an HBO mini-series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes. Dan is an alumnus of Yale University and of NYU’s Graduate Film program.


michaelCMichael Cuomo starred in and produced the critically acclaimed feature film Happy New Year, written and directed by K. Lorrel Manning. The film’s premiere at the SXSW and Hamptons International Film Festivals was followed by a successful tour through sixteen international film festivals, garnering impressive reviews, winning six awards including Cuomo for Best Actor (RIIFF). Happy New Year received a successful theatrical engagement in New York, and is currently playing limited engagements across the country. It is also available on iTunes, all other major digital platforms and DVD, distributed by Snag Films.Michael can be seen in Bandslam (Summit Entertainment/Walden, dir. Todd Graff), the independent hit Four-Eyed Monsters (IFC Films), the upcoming Don’t Worry Baby, The Moor and numerous short films. Next up, he’ll co-star in the dramatic feature film Red House by writer/director K. Lorrel Manning (shooting Spring/Summer 2015). He has performed at Off-Broadway theatres through­out NYC, such as Rattlestick, The Actor’s Studio, Naked Angels, Dixon Place and The Barrow Group. His national on-camera commercial campaigns include: Travelocity; Samsung (with Eli Manning); AT&T; Bailey's; and Bank of America. Michael is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors' Equity Association (AEA). In his spare time, he reads to children through the SAG Foundation’s BookPals (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), mentors inner-city high school film students through the Ghetto Film School’s industry outreach program.


tylerDTyler Derench moved from his hometown of Windsor, Connecticut to Los Angeles immediately following his graduation from high school in order to pursue a career in acting. Since then he has been in numerous stage productions, short films, commercials and had the lead part in the Amazon Studios film “I Think my Facebook Friend is Dead.” For that performance, Tyler was nominated for a best actor award and the film went on to win Best Film of December and just missed the award for Best Film of the Year. Tyler has now been busy writing and developing his own material. His first project was the LGBT boxing drama "DIVE,” which he created, co produced and starred in. You will soon see him in an upcoming HBO show.



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.


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.


monicoPaolo Monico is an Italian-American filmmaker based in New York with a degree in Film Animation and a personal gift for sketching and drawing. He cut his teeth as an assistant set designer and storyboard artist. In his twenties, given his interest in pursuing a career as a director of commercials, he walked up the AD ladder. In 2001, he was hired to direct his first television ad supplied with 1 light, 1 actress and 1 roll of 16mm! In the last fifteen years, Paolo has directed 25 music videos, a TV movie, and more than 150 commercials for clients including Coca-Cola, MTV, Honda, Playstation, Volkswagen, and many others. Some of his ads have been featured on Shots Magazine and shortlisted at the prestigious Cannes Lions Advertising Film Festival. THE MOTHER is his first short film.


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.


billtBill Torgerson is a former screenplay award winner at RIIFF who teaches in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John’s University in New York. Writer Pat Conroy called Bill’s latest novel, The Coach’s Wife, “One of the best books about basketball and coaching I’ve ever read with a love story so complicated and wonderful it will have book clubs talking about it for many years.” Screenwriting pulled Bill into filmmaking and he has directed three documentary films and one narrative short. The author of three novels, Bill’s work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals.


You can learn more about Bill on his website at TheTorg.com.


Program Organizers for 2016:

Dr. J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk



George T. Marshall

Andrew Lund

Duncan Putney



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