From April 20th:
Hi Screenline Friends,
SPECIAL NOTICE: APRIL
MEETING CANCELED - MAY MEETING TO BE VIRTUAL
Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, our April meeting,
which was scheduled for Monday, April 6, is
canceled. Starbucks is closed anyway and I can't
schedle a meeting in May.
With that in mind, I've scheduled a virtual meeting for
May 11 so we can work around these "stay at home"
orders. Our webmaster has set up the virtual
meeting, please e-mail
if you like to get the details.
UPDATES FROM THE AUSTIN FILM
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
Competition Deadline Extended
- Big News for Writers:
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
- 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
- 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
We want to hear what you’ve got—wherever you are.
And who knows? This might just lead to your big
in Isolation | Saturday, May 16 | 1:00-4:00 PM CST
- 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
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.
- 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.
CARY FILM FESTIVAL 2020
The Cary Theatre is again hosting their third annual Cary
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
, 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!!
FREE SUNDANCE MASTER CLASSES:
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
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: https://collab.sundance.org/learn/master-classes-1
is a compelling Psycho-Horror story
which is superbly written and acted. A young woman,
Cecelia (Elisabeth Moss) is stalked by her abusive ex who
has faked his own death and invented a way to render
himself invisible. It’s CREEEEEeepy in an
edge-of-your-seat kind of way. I don’t usually go to
movies of this genre, but thoroughly enjoyed this
one. Don’t miss it
That’s a wrap for now. See you at Screenline!
P.S. If you have news or information you’d like to share,
send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will get it posted to the web site.