2018 ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Presented by the Atlanta Film Society
and the Atlanta Film Festival

April 13 – 16, 2018 

BASIC AND ELITE BADGES ARE SOLD OUT. You can purchase a standby wristband here (only 25 available).

Join us for workshops, panels, cocktail parties,
film premieres and mentorship with some of Hollywood’s
top screenwriters, agents and producers!

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!

“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

“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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Speakers and mentors

Scott Carr

Literary Manager (clients wrote MISS SLOANE, etc)

Mika Pryce

Creative Executive, Universal Pictures (GET OUT, HAPPY DEATH DAY, PACIFIC RIM 2)

Eric Haywood

(Co-Executive Producer, EMPIRE,

Tamara Chestna

Executive Producer (THE ART OF MORE on Crackle, MOXIE)

Eric Heisserer

Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (ARRIVAL and LIGHTS OUT)

Max Borenstein


JJ Klein

Vice President, Current Programming for FX Networks (THE STRAIN, BETTER THINGS, AMERICAN CRIME STORY)

Keya Khayatian

Literary Agent at UTA (Clients wrote DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and more)

Cate Adams

Vice President, Warner Bros. Pictures Creative Group (INHERENT VICE, NICE GUYS, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL)

Matt Dy

Competitions Director, Austin Film Festival

Diana Ossana

Oscar-winning screenwriter (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)

Jacob Krueger

Founder of Write Your Screenplay (THE MATTHEW SHEPARD STORY)

Danny Manus

Founder of No Bullscript Consulting

Ashley Berns

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion

Alexandra Boylan


Emily Dell

Director, Screenwriter (B-GIRL, CryptTV, DreamworksTV, Verona Graphic Novel)

Jen Ray

Literary Manager, Heroes & Villains Entertainment

Wendy Calhoun


Laeta Kalogridis



In April 2018 the Atlanta Film Society is partnering with ScreenCraft to present a four-day Writers Summit at the Atlanta Film Festival.  This event will feature panels, workshops, private mentoring and parties with top Oscar and EMMY-winning and blockbuster screenwriters, as well as agents, managers, producers and studio executives.  It will be an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in Hollywood, in a personal environment where unguarded conversations and long-term partnerships can be forged.  All attendees will have access to the opening night and evening parties of the Atlanta Film Festival as well as private networking with industry giants at daily writers Happy Hours.  


  • Four days of panels and workshops with Oscar, Emmy and WGA winning writers of film and television
  • Summit opening night reception for all attendees and panelists
  • Atlanta Film Festival Opening Night Gala on Friday April 13th
  • Daily Writers Happy Hours with complementary beer & wine
  • The Pitch Competition – Have your 90-second pitch judged to make it into the top
    five, who will pitch to celebrity judges for an amazing prize and bragging rights
    as the “Best Pitch of the Summit!” (free for all Summit badge-holders to enter)
  • ATLFF Saturday and Sunday Night parties
  • The Mentor Sit-Downs:  Small group personal meetings with industry panelists to
    take your writing and business savvy to the next level
  • The Industry Lunch: a casual catered lunch with the panelist of your choice
  • Mimosa Brunch on Monday April 16th

Meet the writers of:

The best in Hollywood are coming to Atlanta in 2018! Join us for industry education, access and southern hospitality!

Conference Badges

Student and Day Pass Badges are Basic ONLY

Badge Details

Basic Badge Details

  • Four full days of celebrating the craft of screenwriting at the Atlanta Film Festival
  • Access to Writers Summit-only opening night reception with all conference attendees and panelists (April 13th, 5pm – 7pm)
  • Tickets to the ATLFF Opening Night Party (April 13th, 8pm – late)
  • Access to Summit panels and workshops with Oscar, Emmy and WGA winning writers of film and television. Participate in high-level discussions with the leaders of the entertainment industry and join craft-enriching sessions that will take your writing to the next level.
  • Access to Filmmakers Happy Hours with complimentary beer and wine from 5pm-7pm every night in the Filmmaker Lounge
  • Entry to the free pitch competition to have your 90-second pitch judged, the top five will pitch to celebrity judges during happy hour on April 15, competing to win a fun prize and bragging rights as the “Best Pitch of the Summit”!
  • Year-round membership to the Atlanta Film Society! 

Elite Details

  • All of the amazing programming as the Basic Badge above, plus:
  • The Mentor Sit-Downs:  Two hours of small-group meetings on April 16th with our elite panelists:  Award-winning Writers, agents, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. Similar to “a general” in Hollywood, in groups of no more than four, you will talk about your projects, goals, steps in the process, and get actionable advice from working industry professionals at the top of their game.
  • The Industry Lunch:  An exclusive opportunity to share a casual catered group lunch with the panelist of your choice!
  • Mimosa Brunch on Monday April 16 – join panelists and filmmakers and this incredibly fun event! 
  • ATLFF Movie Hopper Badge:  Standby tickets to all films at the Atlanta Film Festival (90% of films admit all standby ticket holders)!

Summit Location

The Summit Headquarters is the Plaza Theatre, Atlanta
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

All events and happy hours will take place nearby.

Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival—one of only two-dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the U.S.—is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema.  The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festival in the country, welcoming an audience of nearly 25,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 3000+ submissions from all over the world.

Recent festival guests have included Josh Brolin (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Gary Anthony Williams (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE), Chris Moore (GOOD WILL HUNTING,), Howard Zinn (The Peoples’ History of the United States), Ray McKinnon (THE BLIND SIDE), Margaret Cho (DROP DEAD DIVA), comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Tichina Arnold (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS), John Sayles (PASSION FISH), and Hal Hartley (SIMPLE MEN).

The Atlanta Film Festival is a membership-based 501(c)(3) arts non-profit with a mission to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.  ATLFF presents a diverse slate of year-round offerings for film-lovers and filmmakers. By bringing audiences and filmmakers together, the Festival has the opportunity to broaden the perspective of both artists and moviegoers.