2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit FAQ

What are the Dates of the ScreenCraft Writers Summit in partnership with the Atlanta Film Festival?

April 5th – 8th,  2019

Where will it take place?

The 2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit will take place at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, in midtown Atlanta.  The panels, workshops and socials of the Writers Summit will take place in the Georgian Terrace ballrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces.  

The address of the Georgian Terrace is:
659 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 897-1991

The Georgian Terrace has unique history in Atlanta, and with the entertainment industry! 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.

 

What kind of events can I expect?  

Panels, workshops and public group discussions. The panels and workshops will feature our A-list writers, television showrunners, studio and network executives, agents, managers and more. The full panelist list will be released January, 2019, for the past panelist list check the website. Check back for the full schedule of the Summit to be released Feb 2019.

Additional panelists are added all the time, keep checking back!

How do I attend?

To attend the ScreenCraft Writers Summit, you need to have a Writers Summit Badge, separate from an Atlanta Film Festival Badge. There are three different badges for the Writers Summit: Elite and Summit Access, and a bundled badge which allows access to all writers summit AND film festival events.

While all panels, workshops, happy hours and evening events are open to anyone with a Writers Summit Badge, some of the more exclusive events are for Elite badgeholders only.  For the full list of events for each badge type, check the website.

PLEASE NOTE:  The ScreenCraft Writers Summit SOLD OUT last year around the early deadline, so be sure to reserve your badge early if you want to attend.

How do I get my badge?

Badges must be purchased on our website, and they can be picked-up in-person at the Box Office.  Official photo ID will be required for pickup.

If I have an Elite Badge, do I need to sign-up for the Small-Group Mentor Sessions, or other events?

No. Specific instructions containing the details for these events will be sent to all Elite Badgeholders in March, 2019.  Stay tuned for details.

For the Small-Group Mentor Sessions, you will be assigned an hourlong session throughout the weekend. Writers Summit staff are personally hand-picking sessions for each attendee to ensure that everyone has an equal mix of meetings – Studio Executives, Agents/Managers, TV Writers & Showrunners, Producers, etc.  

For questions specifically about the Elite Badge events, please email WritersSummitMentorship@gmail.com

What’s the Pitch Event and how do I sign up?

The Pitch Competition at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit is your chance to let your work shine, compete for prizes and profile your skills to our panel of judges, A-List Hollywood writers, agents, managers and producers.

How it works:   Prepare the best possible pitch of your work – it can be feature, television series, webseries, play, podcast, you name it.  But the pitch has to be TWO (2) MINUTES or less.

The goal is to be efficient and dynamic, cutting straight to the heart of your best material!

In the weeks leading up to the Writers Summit, you can sign-up for a preliminary pitch time on  anytime between 10am Saturday 4/6 and 3:30pm Sunday 4/7. You’ll pitch to our first round of judges who will select the finalists.  

The finalists will then live-pitch to a the VIP judges at an evening social, on Sunday 4/7.

What do you win?  An amazing prize, the exclusive chance to have all eyes and ears of the Summit focused on your work, and of course, bragging rights as the “Best Pitch of the Summit!”

What kind of Social Events will be at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit?  

On Friday April 5th 2019 there will be a Summit-exclusive opening Reception, with complimentary beer and wine, for all Writers Summit badgeholders.  This will take place at the Georgian Terrace.

On Saturday night, April 6th, there will be an evening party for all badgeholders and VIP’s.  Earlier on Saturday will be an Elite badge-only hosted reception at the Georgian Terrace, for Elite badgeholders, panelists and sponsors.

Sunday April 7th is the Pitch Finals, in the evening at a restaurant/event space within walking distance of The Georgian Terrace.

What is the dress code?

The recommended dress code for all events of the Writers Summit, including happy hours and parties is “Entertainment Casual”. This means: Whatever makes you feel comfortable, confident and professional. The event has a relaxed, casual atmosphere. All parties have the same atmosphere, no suits or black-tie required.

Is it a part of The Atlanta Film Festival?

Yes, The ScreenCraft Writers Summit is a partner of The Atlanta Film Festival and takes place over the first few days of the Film Festival.  

For more information check out the Atlanta Film Festival Website.

Is there a discount code for the Georgian Terrace Hotel?  

The Georgian Terrace Hotel, in midtown Atlanta, is the base of operations for the 2019 ScreenCraft Writers Summit.  The panels, workshops and socials of the Writers Summit will take place in the Georgian Terrace ballrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces, or nearby.  

The address of the Georgian Terrace is:
659 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 897-1991

To book accommodations at the Georgian Terrace via the Writers Summit discount, please use THIS LINK for the Writers Summit private booking page.  

For any questions, please email our Travel Coordinator

What are other nearby hotels to the ScreenCraft Writers Summit?

Next door to the Georgian Terrace is the Hotel Indigo, an affordable and stylish hotel option.

How much are Badges?  Do the prices change?

See the website for full list of badge prices.

Are there Student Badges available?

Yes, but only 20 Student Badges are available. If you purchase a student badge, you must present a valid and current student ID at badge pickup.  If you do not present a valid and current student ID, the badge cannot be picked-up and purchase price will not be refunded.  

Are badges refundable? 

All badge sales and summit add-ons are fully refundable minus a $50 processing fee until March 1st, 2019. 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-transferrable.

If I have a Summit Badge, do I get to see movies at the Film Festival?

All Writers Summit badgeholders receive yearlong membership to the Atlanta Film Society, which qualifies you for discounted ATLFF Badges and Tickets.  

Writers Summit Elite badgeholders automatically have an ATLFF “Movie Hopper Badge”, which gives you standby tickets to all films at the Atlanta Film Festival. (90% of films admit all standby ticket holders!)

All Summit Badgeholders automatically get a $50 discount towards the purchase of any ATLFF badge.  To obtain that discount code please email boxoffice@atlantafilmfestival.com

For More Information:

General Information, ScreenCraft Writers Summit info@screencraft.org

Screenplay Competition screenplay@atlantafilmfestival.com

General Information, Atlanta Film Festival feedback@atlantafilmfestival.com

 

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