IFP announced today that this year's installment of their popular writer/directors conference, Script to Screen, will be anchored by Oscar-nominated director Bennett Miller ("Moneyball"), and features up-and-coming directors Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette") and Ry Russo-Young ("Nobody Walks") as part of a Screenwriter's Roundtable discussion. The conference takes place March 17, and is presented in partnership with Writers Guild of America East, the New York Television Festival, and BookExpo America.
Headland and Russo-Young, along with Madeline Olnek ("Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same") and Liza Johnson ("Return"), will be joining the ranks of a fairly formidable list of indie names from previous years' conference speakers, including Lena Dunham, Debra Granik, Noah Baumbach and Lisa Cholodenko.
Says Executive Director Joana Vicente of the upcoming conference:
“Now more than ever filmmakers have ample opportunities available to develop, create, and fund their latest projects. But in this rapidly changing environment, writers and writer-directors still struggle to get their work seen, sold, and produced on multiple platforms. IFP’s challenge is not just to host a conference where innovators and icons can talk about their work, but to also engage attending creatives in the process of building community and collaborating to create sustainable work that will stand out in the marketplace.”
Other 2012 Script to Screen activities include:
-a creative writing game led by comedians Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant, the creators of IFC’s new comedy game show “Bunk.”
-the Surrealist game “Exquisite Corpse, " where attending writers will draft live a screenplay to be performed and analyzed later in the day by novelist and comic memoirist Jonathan Ames (creator, “Bored to Death”).
-selected crowd-sourced projects will be pitched for feedback from a panel of experts including Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe, producers Ron Simons (Gun Hill Road) and Dia Sokol (creator & executive producer, MTV’s “16 & Pregnant”) and CollegeHumor.com’s head writer David Young.
-a Networking Lunch, where heads of major screenwriting organizations and contests as well as content creators are available to meet and chat about their programs, and the ways they can advance writers’ careers. Participating organizations include WGAE, Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition, New York Television Festival, NYCScreenwriters.org, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, and YouTube, as well Pitch Workshops panelists and other producers.