All Events to be held June 23-25, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport (2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505)

Schedule

Master your craft, perfect your pitch, and meet Oscar-winners, showrunners, agents, and managers at this year's ScriptFest!
Day 1
23 Jun 2017
Day 2
24 Jun 2017
Day 3
25 Jun 2017

Registration – Friday

Pickup your conference materials, including your Executive Directory, your name badge, and tickets to all events.  Our friendly team is there to answer questions, and help you to make the...
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Super Stories Studio Workshop

DON’T JUST TELL A STORY, BUILD A SUPER STORY In 1977 two movies were released having a similar genre, budget and target market. Close Encounters of a Third Kind did well...
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Steve Mitchell
Houston Howard

Private Consultations, Friday Afternoon

Arriving for the event on Friday? Meet with one of our world-renowned script experts for a private, half hour consultation.  These are your meetings, so anything goes.  No matter what your experience...
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Jeff Leisawitz
Steven James
Ellen Sandler
Danny Manus
Whitney Davis
Pilar Alessandra
Kathie Fong Yoneda
Pamela Jaye Smith
Steve Kaplan

ScriptFest Kick-Off Party

Join us at this welcome reception where you will meet dozens of other writers and industry professionals. Don’t know anyone in LA? You certainly will by the end of the...
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Construct Your TV Series Master Class

Break story on your pilot and construct your new series in this Master Class Intensive from Pilar Alessandra and Carole Kirschner. IN THIS CLASS YOU WILL:  Identify the tone, scope and...
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Carole Kirschner
Pilar Alessandra

Registration – Saturday

Pickup your conference materials, including your Executive Directory, your name badge, and tickets to all events.  Our friendly team is there to answer questions, and help you to make the...
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Private Consultations, Saturday

Meet with your favorite speaker for a private, half hour consultation.  These are your meetings, so anything goes.  No matter what your experience level, our consultants are there to help...
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Jason Sabey
Jenni James
Jeff Leisawitz
Steven James
Bill Martell
Bill Lundy
Joey Tuccio
Pamela Douglas
Ellen Sandler
Todd Klick
Diane Drake
Mark Stasenko
Danny Manus
Jill Chamberlain
Jeffrey Michael Bays
Whitney Davis
Tye “Rannosaurus” Lombardi
Steve Mitchell
Houston Howard
John Bucher
Tara Bennett
Carole Kirschner
Ruth Atkinson
Gary Goldstein
Franco Sama
Pilar Alessandra
Larry Zerner
Kathie Fong Yoneda
Pamela Jaye Smith
Chris Soth
Steve La Rue
Steve Kaplan

Pitch Clinic Workshop

Practice your pitch on our panel of professionals.  Our Pitch Pros are established industry professionals ready to whip your pitch into polished perfection through feedback and advice.
Bill Lundy
Joey Tuccio
Tye “Rannosaurus” Lombardi

Screenwriter Law School

Everything You Need To Know To Protect Your Script & Avoid Being Ripped Off Your script is one of your most valuable possessions.  Learn to protect it. This class will...
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Larry Zerner

The Comic Hero’s Journey

What makes a good comic story? Why do some soar, while others lay an egg? In this Master Class, we’ll look at the elements that create a killer comedy premise,...
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Steve Kaplan

Agents & Managers 101

A Guide To Literary Representation for Screenwriters In the competitive world of screenwriting, securing an agent or manager can feel like finding The Golden Ticket…an almost impossible task. But there...
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Whitney Davis

Rocket Fuel for Your Creative Career

Writing a screenplay is no easy task. Yeah, there’s a ton of white space and the page count doesn’t even come close to a decent novel. But it’s still a...
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Jeff Leisawitz

Pitch Alley Morning Session

Pitch your script on ScriptFest Saturday!  Dozens of companies will line the hallways seeking writers to hire, material to option, and writers to represent.  Don’t miss your best chance to...
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Pitch In A Minute

If we could only offer one class on pitching, this would be the one to take.  Taught by the talented, Pilar Alessandra, you will learn how to identify the key...
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Pilar Alessandra

The Nutshell Technique to Structure Successful Screenplays

Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don’t know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present...
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Jill Chamberlain

Suspense For All Genres

Your script is the most amazing thing ever, but your audience is falling asleep … until now!  One of the world’s leading Hitchcock suspense scholars, and author of the upcoming...
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Jeffrey Michael Bays

Writing The TV Drama

This is a great time to write for television in all its forms. Opportunities abound in online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon as well as on premiere cable channels...
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Pamela Douglas

Virtual Reality Storytelling

Virtual Reality has become a buzzword this year. While the technology has captured the attention of the popular culture, screenwriters have seen it as a new storytelling medium. Producers and...
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Evette Vargas
Jinder Ho
Brian Seth Hurst
Noam Dromi
John Bucher

How Did You Do That?

Get In The Room – A Panel of TV Writers Who Broke In. So, you’ve got a dream? And talent? And you’re ready to do hatever it takes? Good, you’ve...
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Kurt Haas
Erik Oleson
Greta Heinemann
Alison Flierl
Ellen Sandler

An Interview With Steve Oedekerk

Steve Oedekerk is an Oscar nominated writer who has written some of the most successful comedies ever including Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Patch Adams, The Nutty...
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Steve Oedekerk
Franco Sama

AGENT, MANAGER & INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE LUNCHEON

A 3 course luncheon on the Saturday with agents, managers, distributors, development execs, producers, story editors, and other industry professionals, along with approximately 50 writers.
Jim Cirile

FROM IDENTITY TO ESSENCE: COURAGE, CHARACTER ARC AND THEME

Script consultant and story expert Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel...
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Michael Hauge

Words Of Filmmaking Wisdom

WORDS OF FILMMAKING WISDOM Join moderator and author, Steven James as he interviews successful writers and industry mentors to offer writers advice on their craft, and strategies for breaking in. ...
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Chad & Carey Hayes
Scott Derrickson
Steven James
Danny Manus
Steve La Rue

THE JENNI & JASON SHOW

This may be the most important class you take all weekend.  Let bestselling author Jenni James and her marketing manager Jason Sabey teach you how to get your brand built...
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Jason Sabey
Jenni James

Film Finance & Distribution

$250,000 TO $2.5 Million Dollar Budgets This class is for anyone who is serious about creating a realistic pathway to acquiring financing and/or distribution for a current and/or future script or film project....
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Franco Sama

STRUCTURING YOUR STORY INTO 3 ACTS

Creating a compelling cinematic narrative can be deceptively difficult, and story structure is often one of the most challenging things for any writer to master. There are no “formulas,” but...
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Diane Drake

Pulling The Rug Out

Creating Twists Your Audience Will Never See Coming A great twist will be unexpected, inevitable, an escalation of what preceded it, and a revelation that adds meaning to what has...
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Steven James

Dialogue To Die For

What makes great dialogue? How can I make my characters each have a different and unique voice? 41 Professional Dialogue Techniques you can use *today*, Subtext, Subtitles, Humor, Sizzling Banter,...
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Bill Martell

The Antagonist’s Journey

A hero can’t rise without an equally strong, complex antagonist to rise against. And to craft a strong “bad guy”, you have to know the key elements of memorable antagonists....
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Danny Manus

A Conversation With Oscar-Winner Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, filmmaker and social activist. He has won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, the biopic of the...
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Dustin Lance Black
Kat Kramer

SCREENPLAY CLOSEUP: Hitch

Michael Hauge will use the blockbuster film Hitch to illustrate the principles of successful story concepts, plot structure, identity, essence, character arc, love stories, romantic comedies and theme. By showing...
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Michael Hauge

Pitch Alley Afternoon Session

Did you miss your chance to pitch in the morning? Don’t worry! You have four more hours to mingle, network, and pitch to dozens of companies to career-changing exexs who...
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Three Rules for Powerful Characters

Learn the difference between ‘human’ and ‘humane’ and why it’s crucial to selling your script.   Characters in dramatic narratives do not need to be friendly gosh-all-golly nice, upbeat people. Indeed, they...
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Richard Walter

What Execs Really Think

Want real industry feedback on your pitches?  Then join our moderator and an experience panel of development executives to get actual facetime with executives where you can practice your pitch,...
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Joey Tuccio

Improv For Writers

TV writing is a collaborative experience. To succeed as a paid TV writer you must be able to work and play well with others. Ellen Sandler, with a background of...
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Ellen Sandler

Secrets To Selling Yourself & Your Pilot

A great concept is just the beginning. Two things successful television pilot writers have in common is they follow the 8 steps to pitching their projects and equally important, they...
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Carole Kirschner

Lightning In A Bottle: Story Development

In today’s market writing a script that will sell is like catching lightning in a bottle. It’s rare, elusive and seemingly impossible. One of the reasons it’s so challenging is...
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Ruth Atkinson

Using The Force To Create A New Story Experience

As screenwriters and producers around the globe know, multi-platform technology is changing the world at light speed and no one is affected more than screenwriters. As seen with the $50...
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Steve Mitchell
Houston Howard

Make the Most of Your PitchFest

Join the team behind the Great American PitchFest for insider tips on how to get the most pitches, meet the most people, and what you should and shouldn’t do in...
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Signe Olynyk
Bob Schultz

Pitch Boot Camp

Whip your pitch into shape at Pitch Boot Camp!  Never pitched before?  After this session, you will be a pro!  Make new friends as you practice your pitch, learn from...
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Party On The Patio

Join us for a celebration of new friends and exciting opportunities at the brand new, Marriott poolside bar!   Executives are all given complimentary tickets to this party and encouraged to...
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ScriptFest presents: the Great American PitchFest, Morning Session

Fueled on coffee and croissants, our execs are ready to hear your pitches!  We recommend identifying some ‘warm up’ companies to pitch to, and using the morning to meet with...
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Executive Luncheon

Let’s ‘do lunch’ Hollywood style. Don’t miss one of our most popular networking events, where you dine with a table of industry execs (2-4 Exec per table) for an entire...
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ScriptFest presents: the Great American PitchFest, Afternoon Session

After a delicious break, our execs (and writers!) are raring to go!  After successfully pitching your script to various production companies in the morning, we suggest using the afternoon to...
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Sweet Taste of Success Cocktail Party

Celebrate a full weekend of pitching, learning, and making new friends!  If you didn’t know anyone when the weekend started, even the most shy writer will have dozens of new...
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