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Panelists Announced for The ScreenCraft Writers Summit 2018


The 2018 ScreenCraft Writers Summit, in partnership with the Atlanta Film Society, is excited to announce new panelists and sponsors! To take place at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF), the conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, the entertainment industry’s busiest city for film and television production, outpacing Los Angeles in 2017, production home for films such as Baby Driver, Avengers and Black Panther, and television shows such as Stranger Things, and of course FX’s Atlanta.

The ScreenCraft Writers Summit runs from Friday, April 13th to Monday, April 16th, 2018.  Newly confirmed speakers include: Geoffrey Fletcher (Oscar-winner, Precious), Diana Ossana (Oscar-winner, Brokeback Mountain), 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) Cate Adams (Vice President, Warner Brothers Pictures, The Nice Guys, Inherent Vice, Midnight Special), Mika Pryce, (Universal Pictures’ Get Out, Darkest Hour), JJ Klein (VP Scripted Originals, FX Network, Atlanta, American Crime Story: Versace), Hannah Ozer, (Literary Manager at Kaplan/Perrone), Tamara Chestna (Exec Producer, The Art of More on Crackle), Michael Lucker (Lilo & Stitch 2, 101 Dalmatians II, Vampire in Brooklyn), Jacob Krueger (The Matthew Shepard Story, founder and Instructor Write Your Screenplay) and more.

Events and Programming at the Writers Summit will include: screenwriting panels, keynote talks, educational workshops, live table reads, small-group mentorship, a closing mimosa brunch, a live pitch competition and evening parties.  All panels, workshops and happy hours are open to attendees with Basic and Student Badges.  Participants with Elite badges will attend the Industry Lunch, a catered lunch with the VIP Panelists, as well as the Mentor Sit-Downs, short small-group meetings intended to simulate a Hollywood “General Meeting”.

The pitch competition, open to all Summit attendees, will hold its finalist’s pitch event during happy hour on Sunday April 15th, where the top writers will pitch live 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 topics will include: Writing the Television Pilot, A Television Showrunner panel presented by the Writers Guild Foundation, A Panel on What it Means to be a Diverse Executive, How to Take a Meeting, How to Secure and Work With an Agent/Manager, Producing Independent Film and returning attendee favorite The Failure Panel.  The “Creator” track focuses on giving writers the tools to make their work come alive through short films, digital content and more.  This track will also include the “Georgia Producers & Writers Connect” event, intended to foster relationships between writers and filmmakers in the Atlanta area and promote local development.  There will also be programming dedicated to diversity on-screen and faith-based content, topics of great interest for Atlanta artists and beyond.

Confirmed sponsors of the 2018 ScreenCraft Writers Summit include: The Writers Guild Foundation, Final Draft, and Big Picture Casting.

The ScreenCraft Writers Summit will be a unique opportunity for writers outside of Los Angeles to learn from the best in Hollywood, in a small-scale environment where meaningful, long-term partnerships can be forged.  The best of film and television are coming to Atlanta in April to share stories and insight over Southern hospitality – join us!



ScreenCraft is a boutique consultancy, education and talent discovery platform for screenwriters worldwide.  ScreenCraft’s education and media partners include The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, IndieWire, Variety and more.

Building on ScreenCraft’s legacy of screenwriting excellence and educational events worldwide (Shanghai Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, Napa Valley Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, etc) and ATLFF’s prestige as a world-class film festival in America’s fastest-growing entertainment city, both partners are eager to shine a new spotlight on the art and craft of writing screenplays, literary works and new media and to celebrate the best of entertainment writing worldwide.

ScreenCraft partners with film festivals and literary events to bring top-tier Hollywood insight and education to writers worldwide.  Past partners include: the Nashville Film Festival, the Shanghai Film Festival, The Austin Film Festival, The Bahamas International Film Festival, The Calabash Literary Festival (in Jamaica), The Woods Hole Film Festival (in Cape Cod), The Annapolis Film Festival, The Santa Fe Film Festival, the Napa Valley Film Festival. Educational events have featured Andrea Berloff (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), Mark Bomback (WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, INSURGENT) Jeb Stuart (DIE HARD), Chad & Carey Hayes (THE CONJURING 1 & 2), Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winner, CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (JURASSIC WORLD, AVATAR), Max Borenstein (KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA), James Gunn (Writer/Director, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 1 & 2) and many more.


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