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The Atlanta Film Festival and ScreenCraft Announce The ScreenCraft Writers Summit 2018


The Atlanta Film Society and ScreenCraft are proud to partner in 2018 to co-present The ScreenCraft Writers Summit, to take place at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). Atlanta is the entertainment industry’s busiest city for film and TV production, outpacing Los Angeles last year!

The Summit will kick-off Friday, April 13th 2018, the shared opening day for both the ScreenCraft Writers Summit and the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival.  The Summit will continue for three days of programming, on Saturday April 14th, Sunday April 15th, and close Monday April 16th.

Programming will include: panels, keynotes, workshops, live table reads, small-group mentorship, a closing mimosa brunch and a pitch competition where writers and filmmakers can compete for prizes and the chance to pitch to agents, producers and A-list screenwriters.  Social hours and shared evening galas will bring Summit writers together with filmmakers and over 25,000 film enthusiasts and industry professionals attending the Atlanta Film Festival.

Panels and Workshops will include: Screenplay Craft and Structure, Adapting Intellectual Property, Writing the Television Pilot, How to Secure and Work With an Agent/Manager, Producing Independent Film and returning attendee favorite The Failure Panel.  In addition to high-level writers, the “Your Voice” track will offer panels and instruction specifically for writers and filmmakers in the Atlanta area to utilize the local production expertise to produce and create content.  There will also be programming dedicated to diversity on-screen and faith-based content, topics of great interest for Atlanta artists and beyond.

Confirmed speakers include:  Eric Heisserer (Oscar-Nominee, Arrival), Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, Banshee), Malcolm Spellman (Empire), Keya Khayatian (Senior Literary Agent at UTA, clients wrote Stick It, Dallas Buyers Club, Brokeback Mountain, Serendipity, etc), Eric Fineman (Producer, Spiderman: Homecoming, Miracles From Heaven) Hannah Ozer, (Literary Manager at Kaplan/Perrone), Michael Lucker (Lilo & Stitch 2, 101 Dalmations II, Vampire in Brooklyn), Jacob Krueger (The Matthew Shepard Story, founder and Instructor Write Your Screenplay) and more.

In tandem with the Writers Summit, the Atlanta Film Festival spotlights the art and craft of screenwriting through its annual Screenplay Competition. Three grand prize-winning feature film screenwriters will participate in an exclusive two-day screenwriting retreat leading up to the Writers Summit and will be recognized at the Summit Awards Ceremony. Michael Lucker (Writer, 101 Dalmatians 2, Lilo & Stitch 2, etc) will lead the retreat mentorship, with additional mentors to be announced soon.

The ScreenCraft Writers Summit will be a unique opportunity to learn from the best in Hollywood, in a small-scale environment where meaningful, long-term partnerships can be forged.  Hollywood heavyweights are coming to Atlanta in 2018 to share stories and insight over Southern hospitality – join us!



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