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!!
JUNE VIRTUAL MEETING:
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
if you like to get the details.
Please note, you’ll need to send your pages to be read in
advance to John
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will get it posted to the web site.