International Screenwriters' Festival
The first International Screenwriters’ Festival is taking place at the Cheltenham Film Studios between 27th and 30th June 2006.
The Festival is dedicated to the art, craft and business of writing for the screen. It will provide a unique forum for debate and discussion about writing dramatic scripts for film, television and new media. It will be a hothouse of story-telling and script-writing, bringing together professional industry delegates, high profile guests and new talent from around the world.
Each day of the Festival will include a key-note speech and a programme of panel events, seminars and masterclasses focusing on a diverse range of industry related issues. The Festival will draw upon high quality speakers from across the industry to provoke debate, stimulate creativity and encourage critical analysis of screenwriting in all its forms; from the traditional feature to the new world of bite-size communication and entertainment.
Confirmed speakers include; Jimmy McGovern tackling the thorny topic of team writing, Julian Fellowes fighting the corner for writing more commercially aware scripts and William Nicholson talking about his life as a successful Hollywood screenwriter.
As part of the Screenwriters' Festival New Writers Day, the festival is calling for scriptwriters to take part in 'thePITCHfactor', in association with Channel 4's Ideasfactory. If you have a story idea for a feature film to win a place on a personal screenwriting coaching session with pitching expert and agent Julian Friedmann, then pitch your idea to a high-profile panel of judges, chaired by Oscar-winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes. Deadline: 16 June 2006.
The International Screen Festival is sponsered by C4, BAFTA and the UK Film Council.