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From June 8th:

Hi Screenline Friends,


Long time Screenline writer, Doug Zev, was notified by the Filmmatic Drama Screenplay awards that his script, "The Maccabees - The Story of Hanukkah" was selected to be included in their film festival!! 

Congrats to Doug!!  He's put a lot of effort into this script, and we are SO glad he's getting recognized for the quality work!!


We have a meeting coming up on Monday, June 15.  This will be a virtual meeting via WebEx, thanks to John Martin.  It will be at the usual time, 7 pm; but of course not at Starbucks.  Please e-mail me if you like to get the details.

Please note, you’ll need to send your pages to be read in advance to John via e-mail so that he can convert them to the proper format for screen-sharing.  It will help if you are able to send your material in pdf format.

Before too long, I hope we’ll be able to resume our regular meetings at Starbucks.  I don’t know exactly when that will be; and when it happens, it may be necessary for us to use face masks to avoid spread of Covid-19.  I’ll let you know all the details via the newsletter and the web site whenever this comes about.


Sonia from the Austin Film Festival reached out to me to let us know about our top five new initiatives they’ve launched to help writers.  She thought these would be great resources for our group and so she wanted to share the information below with them (click on the links for more details:
  1. Big News for Writers:
  2. Competition Deadline Extended
    • Script Writers - Looking to Submit?  Have you been working on a script during this quarantine? Submit it in into our script competition! We've just extended the deadline - becuase who couldn't use more time, right? You have until 11:59 PM PST on June 1st to submit your story! Need some inspiration? Scroll down to #5 for some ways to get started. 
    • Filmmakers - Looking to Submit?  If your work is ready for the competition, we're ready to see it! The Regular Deadline for our Film Competition is May 22nd. 
  3. Virtual Pitch Competition
    • As the first organization of its kind to focus on the writer’s contribution to film and television, we’re committed to providing new opportunities to help writers build a bridge from craft to career. While a great script is the necessary foundation for launching your career in Hollywood, the ability to sell yourself and your work is more than half the battle.
      We want to hear what you’ve got—wherever you are. And who knows? This might just lead to your big break…
  4. AFF at Home
    • We’re excited for our Festival & Conference in October, but if this season has made us aware of anything – it’s that we don’t want to wait. That's why we’ve created a virtual experience not only to help you dive deeper into your writing but to help us all stay connected through story. Presenting: AFF at Home.
      Each week we’ll provide five actions to help you develop one element of story. We encourage you to reach out to your fellow writers (not literally!) and commit to doing this together.
  5. Inspiration in Isolation | Saturday, May 16 | 1:00-4:00 PM CST
    • Join AFF and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Educational Initiatives on Saturday, May 16th from the comfort of your home for an afternoon full of seasoned advice from industry professionals– from discussions on the current state of the industry to steps you can take right now to further your craft and jump-start your career.


The Cary Theatre is again hosting their third annual Cary Film Festival. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the dates for the Festival have been rescheduled from June to September 24-27.  The Festival schedule is still not yet posted, but should be on their website soon.

The Festival is still having it's screenplay contest, and the winning screenwriter(s) will win VIP passes to the Festival and get to hear a table read of their screenplay, voiced by local actors on Saturday at the Festival.  However, the contest submission date was March 13, so no more entries will be acccepted.

Screenline writers are 2-for-2 in winning this competition - Tim McDevitt won it in 2018 and Jim and Teresa Courter captured the prize in 2019.  At least one Screenliner, Marc Sirkin, submitted a script and possibly other have as well.  Let's hope our Screenline group can make it 3-for-3 this year!!


Tim McDevitt shared an e-mail from The Cary Theatre with the following info:

Our friends at the Sundance Institute and Sundance Co//ab are offering their Master Classes FREE for the next few months to help offset the impact of COVID-19. Master Classes are typically free with an All-Access membership.
Delve into craft-based topics with top practitioners from the Sundance Co//ab network. Open to all, with new classes announced regularly. See what's coming up and reserve your spot at the following link:

That’s a wrap for now.  See you on line, Monday, June 15, for Screenline!


P.S. If you have news or information you’d like to share, send it to me at and I will get it posted to the web site. 

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Our next meeting will be a virtual meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 7pm ET.

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