FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the Dates of the 2020 ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Friday, April 24th – Monday, April 27th, 2020

Where will it take place? 

The 2020 ScreenCraft Writers Summit will take place at the historic Allegro Hotel in downtown Chicago’s theatre district. The Allegro is a Kimpton Hotel, part of the IHG Group. The panels, workshops and socials of the Writers Summit will primarily take place in the Allegro’s ballrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces.  

The address of the Allegro Hotel is:

171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois

Phone: (312) 236-0123 

For more information about booking rooms at the Allegro Hotel, please see below.

What kind of events can I expect?  

Panels, workshops and public group discussions, as well as social events every night! The panels and workshops will feature our A-list writers, TV showrunners, studio and network executives, agents, managers, producers and screenwriting instructors. The full panelist list will be released January, 2020, for the past panelist list check the website. Check back for the full schedule of the Summit to be released in March, 2020. 

Many of the “greatest hits” events and panels will be returning, from The Hollywood TED-Style Talks, to The Failure Panel, and the Pitch Competition. New in 2020 will be a guaranteed signing with a Literary Manager for the winner of the pitch competition (see more information below). 

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 Badge

 

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. This includes The “Mentorship AMA’s” (“Ask Me Anything”). All elite badgeholders will be able to join two 30-min AMA sessions. Each session features one panelist: Award-winning writers, agents, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 10-12 Elite Badgeholders in each session, this is your chance to ask every burning question and get actionable advice from working industry professionals at the top of their game. AMA sessions will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and signup information will be released four weeks prior to the Summit. 


Other Elite-only events include the VIP reception on Saturday 4/25 with only elite badgeholders and panelists, and the Pre-Pitch “wine-down,” a wine & cheese reception, with the panelists and mentors, on Sunday 4/26 before the Pitch finals.  

Elite badgeholders will be able to sign up for personalized pitch assistance in the weeks before the Summit, to prepare for the official pitch time!

For the full list of events for each badge type, check the website

PLEASE NOTE:  In 2018 and 2019, the ScreenCraft Writers Summit SOLD OUT, with Elite Badges the first to sell out. Be sure to purchase your badge early!

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.

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 25 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, 2020. 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.

What else does my Summit Badge get me? 

All Writers Summit Badgeholders get a 75% discount on annual membership to TSL 360: The Script Lab’s library of educational video content for screenwriters and filmmakers (including recorded panels from the Summit)!

If I have an Elite Badge, do I need to sign-up for the Mentor AMA’s or other events? 

Specific instructions containing the details for these events will be sent to all Elite Badgeholders four weeks prior to the Summit, in March 2020. Stay tuned for details.

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. At the 2020 Summit, the winning pitch will get a guaranteed signing with a literary manager, who will be on the VIP judging panel on Sunday night. 

(Name to be announced prior to Summit)


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.  Preliminary pitch times will run from 2pm Friday 4/24/19, all day Saturday 4/25, and Sunday 4/26 until 3:00pm. You’ll pitch to our first round of judges, who will select the finalists.  

The finalists will then live-pitch to VIP judges at an evening social, on Sunday 4/26. 

What do you win? In addition to a guaranteed signing with a literary manager, you will have 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 24th, 2020, there will be a Summit-exclusive opening Reception, with complimentary beer and wine, for all Writers Summit badgeholders. This will take place at the Allegro Hotel. 

 

On Saturday night, April 25th, 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 Allegro, for Elite badgeholders, panelists and sponsors. 

Sunday, April 26th, is the Pitch Finals, in the evening at a restaurant/event space nearby to the The Allegro Hotel. 


Stay tuned for locations to be released in 2020!

Is there a discount code for the Allegro Hotel?  

Yes. The Writers Summit has an exclusive discounted rate ($189/night +taxes, King room). To book your stay, please use this dedicated booking link. For booking double rooms, extended stays or any specifics beyond a King room, please contact Gina.Sacomani@allegrochicago.com

For any questions, please email our Travel Coordinator.

About the Allegro Hotel Chicago, by Kimpton

In the heart of Chicago’s downtown Theatre District, Kimpton Hotel Allegro is surrounded by sights like Grant Park and State Street. This boutique haven has played host to Hollywood stars and mafiosos throughout its colorful history. The hotel is believed to be the first fully air-conditioned hotel in the world (it’s been given many modern luxury updates since then!), and the first hotel in the Midwest to have telephones in every guest room! The adjacent Palace Theatre soon became one of the epicenters of Chicago’s vaudeville scene with stars such as Jimmy Durante, Mae West, Sophie Tucker and Bob Hope performing there and all staying next door at this hotel. As vaudeville and big bands fell out of style, the neighboring Palace theatre eventually became the biggest movie theater in the entire city of Chicago in the 1940s!

What is the parking availability & rate at the Allegro Hotel?

Overnight parking for guests of the Allegro Hotel is $63.00 for valet, per day, with in/out privileges.  

The Allegro is within 2 blocks of both the Clark/Lake and Washington/Wells stops on Chicago’s CTA (“El”) train, we encourage public transportation!

For nearby parking options, feel free to consult this map.

What are other nearby hotels to the ScreenCraft Writers Summit?

Cambria Hotel Magnificent Mile

Single room rate: $171 – quoted online, not a guaranteed rate

Two and a half blocks from Allegro 

Congress Plaza Hotel

Single room rate $154 – quoted online, not a guaranteed rate

Twelve blocks from Allegro

Is there a discount code for Air travel to Chicago?

Yes! Our friends at United Airlines have extended an exclusive discount to attendees of the 2020 ScreenCraft Summit, for flying in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Visit www.united.com/meetingtravel and enter ZHQT279993 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount. MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.

Restrictions on fare classes apply. For full details on discount please consult this file.

Can I arrive early or stay late? 

Yes! We are planning excursions and pre-Summit social events for the days prior to the Summit.  Watch for that schedule to be released in early 2020.

If you are staying at the Allegro and wish to extend your stay, please contact Gina.Sacomani@allegrochicago.com

Can I bring a guest? 

All Writers Summit social events are for badgeholders, only. For any special situations please contact us

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 this same atmosphere, no suits or black-tie required.  

Are the event venues accessible for people with additional needs?

Yes, the ballrooms and meeting rooms at the Allegro Hotel are all accessible via elevator. Some of the offsite events (ie Pitch Competition Finals) are a few blocks away, within walking distance or a short ride from the Allegro. 

For any specific questions about additional needs, please email us: summit@screencraft.org