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Contact: Kevin Ott, Director of Communications – 323.782.4694
The Writers Guild Foundation, the charitable writers’ outreach organization associated with the Writers Guild of America-West, is combining its efforts with the Austin Film Festival to host a day-long symposium on the state of the feature film industry and current script sales.
Featuring a broad variety of screenwriters, producers and prestigious contest directors, the event will feature four separate panels – two organized by the WGF, and two organized by AFF. The WGF panels will focus largely on style and craft, and the AFF panels will be more marketplace-oriented, but topics will be somewhat fluid throughout the day’s discussions.
Though a co-produced day-long event is a first for the two organizations, they have worked together in the past, when the WGF brought its SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN interview series to the Austin Film Festival in 2013. The series featured film and TV writers David Shore, Jenji Kohan, Ashley Edward Miller, Robin Swicord and Andrew Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller discussing the process of going from story notes to a completed final draft. SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN was coupled with an extensive exhibit of the WGF’s archive, which includes early production materials from those writers’ projects.
“It’s more than just an honor to work with the Austin Film Festival,” said Katie Buckland, Executive Director of the Writers Guild Foundation. “Two powerful voices advocating the value of great screenwriting are joining forces to offer emerging writers a picture of the current landscape. Our friendship is a friendship with benefits – and in this case, the benefits are being reaped by the community of emerging writers in Los Angeles.”