2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit

In Partnership with the Atlanta Film Festival

April 5 – 8, 2019 

Register before the early-bird deadline on November 15th and save! 

Join us for workshops, panels, cocktail parties,
film premieres and mentorship with some of Hollywood’s
top screenwriters, agents and producers at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.

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

“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

Reserve your badge!

Last Year's Speakers & Mentors (This page will be updated with the 2019 lineup in January)

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,
screenwriter PRIVATE PRACTICE, SOUL FOOD)

Tamara Chestna

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

Eric Heisserer

Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (ARRIVAL and LIGHTS OUT)

Max Borenstein

Screenwriter (KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA, GAME OF THRONES spinoff for HBO)

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

Screenwriter (CATCHING FAITH, WISH FOR CHRISTMAS)

Emily Dell

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

Jen Ray

Literary Manager, Heroes & Villains Entertainment

Wendy Calhoun

TV Writer, Showrunner (STATION 19, NASHVILLE, REVENGE, JUSTIFIED)

Laeta Kalogridis

Screenwriter (SHUTTER ISLAND, TERMINATOR: GENISYS, Producer AVATAR, Exec. Producer ALTERED CARBON)

WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING THE 2019 MENTORS AND PANELISTS SOON.

Headquartered at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel

The 2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit will take place at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel.  Since its opening in 1911, the hotel has been the place for numerous historic events and housed several prominent guests, including Clark Gable, Calvin Coolidge, Walt Disney, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In fact, the option agreement for the movie rights to Gone with the Wind were struck in the lobby of this hotel before the book was published; it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and the film adaptation is one of the most iconic and beloved in American cinema history. 

The ScreenCraft Writers Summit will feature panels, workshops, private mentoring and parties with top OSCAR and EMMY-winning screenwriters, as well as agents, literary managers, producers and studio executives.  It will be an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in Hollywood, in a beautiful environment where unguarded conversations and long-term partnerships can be forged.  Elite Badge Summit attendees will have standby access to all the premieres and film screenings at the Atlanta Film Festival, as well as opportunities for networking with industry giants at the receptions, happy hours and parties.  

EVENT DETAILS: 

  • Three 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
  • Daily social events and networking opportunities with attendees and panelists and evening parties
  • 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!”
  • Small Group Mentor Sessions:  Small group personal meetings with industry panelists to
    take your writing and business savvy to the next level
  • The Mentor Luncheon: a casual catered lunch with all the panelists

Learn. Be inspired. Connect.

The best in Hollywood are coming to Atlanta in April. Join us for industry education, inspiration and southern hospitality.

Conference Badges

Student Badges are not eligible for Elite Access.

Badge Details

Summit Access Badge Details

  • Three 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 5th)
  • 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 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Entry to the free pitch competition to have your 2-minute pitch judged; the top five will pitch to celebrity judges during happy hour on April 7th, competing to win a fun prize and bragging rights as the “Best Pitch of the Summit!” 
  • All-Summit Party on Saturday night
  • 1-year complimentary membership to the TSL 360 library of educational video content for screenwriters and filmmakers ($129 value)

Elite Access Badge Details

  • All of the great programming as the Summit Access Badge above, plus:
  • The Mentor Small Group Sessions:  Two hours of small-group meetings on April 6th 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 Luncheon:  An exclusive opportunity to share a casual catered group lunch with the panelists and mentors! 
  • Hosted VIP Cocktail Party with panelists and our sponsors
  • ATLFF Movie Hopper Badge:  Standby tickets to all films at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival (90% of films admit all standby ticket holders)!

Summit Location

The Summit Headquarters is the The Georgian Terrace Hotel
659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia

The 2019 Schedule will be available here on February 28th.

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.

The Atlanta Film Festival is offering stand-by access to to all ScreenCraft Summit badgeholders to all films screening at the festival, and likewise, all festival passholders will receive stand-by access to ScreenCraft Summit panels.

REFUND POLICY 

Please note that all badge sales and summit add-ons are fully refundable minus a $50 processing fee until March 1st, 2019. Email support@screencraft.org if you would like to request a refund before March 1st. After that date, all purchases before and after that date are non-refundable and refunds will not be honored for any reason after March 1st. All badges are non-transferable and non-replaceable.