Here’s What People Are Saying About the ScreenCraft Writers Summit

By April 11, 2019Blog, Events, Featured

We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to everyone who was able to come to the 2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit in Atlanta.

From the attendees, panelists, and sponsors, to the volunteers and extended staff that made it happen, you all helped us create the biggest and best summit we’ve hosted thus far. We had nearly 500 attendees, up from last year’s 300, and we are grateful for our partnership with the Atlanta Film Festival this year.

From April 5th – 8th, we held workshops, panels, cocktail parties, pitch events and mentorship with some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, agents, managers, studio executives and producers at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.

Some of our most-loved and highest attended panels were:

  • The Hollywood TED-style talks: “The Best Lesson I Ever Learned”
  • Craft Intensive with Meg LeFauve: Creating Emotional Characters that Audiences Will Care About
  • SeriesFest Presents: Network, Cable or Streaming? A Television Battle Royale
  • and The Failure Panel.

We also had an incredible group of panelists including:

  • Meg LeFauve – Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (INSIDE OUT, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, CAPTAIN MARVEL)
  • David Rabinowitz – Academy Award-winning screenwriter, co-producer (BLACKKKLANSMAN)
  • Wayne Horton – Netflix, Coordinator for Original Independent Feature Films. Previously Wayne worked for award-winning filmmaker Jon Favreau and at New Line Cinema
  • Doug Jung – Screenwriter & TV Writer (STAR TREK BEYOND, BIG LOVE, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX)
  • Sandra Leviton – Producer, Former TV Executive, Speaker and Consultant on Film/TV Development and Production (FX Network, AMC Network, Walden Media and More)
  • Julie Plec – Executive Producer, Showrunner, CW’s Legacies, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), and Executive Producer/Director, CW’s“Roswell, New Mexico”
  • Joan Wai – The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Senior Manager. The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.
  • Keya Khayatian – Partner, Motion Picture Literary Department of United Talent Agency – Clients include writers/directors of CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME, KONG:SKULL ISLAND, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, LION, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
  • Ben Cory Jones – Showrunner/Exec Producer (BOOMERANG), Writer (INSECURE, UNDERGROUND), Producer (STEP SISTERS)
  • Chad Kennedy – VP of Current Programming at WBTV (Oversees THE 100, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, VERONICA MARS, LETHAL WEAPON, CASTLE ROCK, WHAT/IF, and DOOM PATROL)
  • Jonathan Wu – Director of Production at 20th Century Fox (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, DEADPOOL 2, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, etc)
  • Scott Carr – Literary Manager, Management SGC (Represents writers of MISS SLOANE, REVOLT, 13 REASONS WHY, Marvel’s RUNAWAYS)

See the official schedule here to see what other panels and panelists were involved.

Atlanta is currently America’s hottest city for producing movies and TV! Known as Hollywood of the South, Atlanta is hosting more big-budget productions than Los Angeles, including The Avengers, Black Panther, The Walking Dead and many more shows!

Due to popular demand, we’ve already begun selling badges for next year.

Click here to reserve your badge now.

 


Here are a few testimonials from our passionate attendees:

“The vibe at the Atlanta Screencraft Writers Summit is beyond cool. It’s like the best parts of the Austin Film Fest in a smaller, more intimate setting. From having drinks with an Oscar-winning writer, to getting to meet fellow creatives, the atmosphere was open and inviting. I will definitely be back!” – Tony G.

“Everything and everyone was so personable and approachable. I made so many new friends with similar ambition to become a successful writer. I feel those new friendships will last a long time and we will all be encouraging of one another and help each other to rise up.” – Alainna M.

I am a shy, introverted person. The caring people at ScreenCraft get this. Their Summit is geared towards getting people like me out of their shells and interacting with each other. The panelists treat you with such respect and are more than happy to impart their knowledge. I would go back in a heartbeat.” – Matthew W.

“This conference was all about authentic connections. So many writers at every stage of their careers, genuinely looking to foster a sense of camaraderie. The panelists floored me with their generosity and the valuable insights they had to share about craft and the business of screenwriting.” – Lesley Alicia T.

The ScreenCraft Writers Summit was a fantastic opportunity to engage with other writers & creative minds in a fun, relaxed setting. I was so impressed with the level of talent from both attendees & panelists. The ScreenCraft staff was organized, hospitable & helpful at every turn. And what a great honor & privilege to be a pitch finalist & have the opportunity to present my story to a room full of receptive creatives & industry pros! Thank you, ScreenCraft, for this valuable experience.” – Kimberly C.

It would take several years working in the business to get a quarter of the information we were provided. The opportunities, information, and people we were exposed to is unparalleled to anything else. Definitely worth the time and cost of attending. Thank you ScreenCraft for the experience.” – Melissa F.


The 2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit was even been picked up by multiple news outlets, and we couldn’t be more thrilled:

GEORGIA ENTERTAINMENT NEWS (March 11, 2019): ScreenCraft Writers Summit will return to Atlanta

COLLIDER (March 15, 2019): Calling All Screenwriters: Atlanta’s ScreenCraft Writers Summit Should Be on Your Radar

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION (April 4th, 2019): Radio/TV briefs: … ScreenCraft Writers Summit

THRILLIST (April 4, 2019): Listed on The Best Things Happening All Weekend Long in Atlanta before it was updated for the next weekend.

CREATIVE LOAFING (April 5, 2019): ScreenCraft Writers Summit

ARTS ATL (April 6, 2019): ScreenCraft Writers Summit

COLLIDER (April 10, 2019): (Almost) Everything We Learned from the 2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit in Atlanta

Someone even created a GoFundMe to ensure they were able to grab one of our prestigious badges before we inevitably sold out.


Our social media channels were on fire with attendees, panelists and sponsors showing their support.

 

And plenty more enthusiastic posts can be found by searching the hashtag #ScreenCraftSummit on Twitter and Instagram.

 


Thank you to all who joined us – we hope to see you again next year!


“This was a life-changing weekend for me as I signed with a Literary Manager and got a script request from a great producer.”
– Dave Pileggi, Screenwriter and ScreenCraft Conference Attendee

“It was freaking amazing!”
– Rhonda Baraka, screenwriter and filmmaker (signed with a literary manager whom she met at the 2018 ScreenCraft Writers Summit)

“I have never been a part of a conference where I felt so well-taken-care-of from start to finish! I had a great time, loved my panels and enjoyed the whole experience.”
– Jeb Stuart, writer of Die Hard, The Fugitive, ScreenCraft Conference Panelist


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