2020 ScriptBiz (21st Edition)
Friday August 7th Goes Virtual
Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable & real.
A Way to meet trendsetters and up-and-coming influencers.
2020 ScriptBiz™ Workshop:
• Online as a Virtual Experience and FREE •
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
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.
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 21st Annual ScriptBiz program!
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 n begins at 10:00 a.m. and the program runs throughout the day. Links to Facebook will be posted on this space in advance.
This will be a free event in 2020. Call 401.861.4445.
ScriptBiz™ Program: The 2019 Schedule
Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.
Duncan Putney, RIIFF Advisory Board
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.
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)
From Script to Screen
Steps To Consider Once Your Script is Finished
- Alfred Thomas Catalfo, RIIFF Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner, 2012
- Rammy Park, RIIFF Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner, "Monitor City" 2018
Actors as Writers
An Actor's Take On Screenwriting
- Marlyn Mason, Actress/Writer, "Model Rules" (2008)
- Brian Burton, Actor/Writer/Director, "Push the Point," 2019
- Chloe Berk, Actor/Writer, "Summer Fridays"
12:00 p.m. (NOON)
Writing For Your Budget
Strategies Of Writing A Script That Can Be Easily Produced
- Vladislav Kozlov, Director, "The Killers"
- Lukas Hassel, Actor/Writer, RIIFF Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner, 2015
Breaking into a Global Market
What Festival Programmers Look For In A Film
- Jamaicanoproblem, Equador, Director, "Son of Man"
- Daniel Rehder Normand, Peru, Director, "Paradise Hotel"
- Max Dankevich, Russia, Producer, "Mum's Hairpins"
- Karen Newman, Producer/Managing Director
What Does Your Future Hold?
Writing With The Visual Language In Mind
Who's Who at ScriptBiz 2020:
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. 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 was released by A24. After adapting the novel DOWN A DARK HALL for Lionsgate Films, Chris is now adapting the Stephen King novel THE TALISMAN for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. His latest film MERCY, which he wrote and directed for Netflix, was released in 2016, and GREENLAND -- a thriller he wrote, starring Gerard Butler -- is currently in production
Reshad Kulenovic, MFA
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
J. 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.
Shawn Quirk, MFA
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.
Organizers for 2020:
Dr. J. Scott Oberacker
George T. Marshall
Flickers' Rhode Island International
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