The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has announced the mentors and screenwriters participating in its 14th annual Screenwriters’ Lab, taking place this weekend, April 10-12, at the The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, NY. Co-sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the HIFF Screenwriters’ Lab pairs budding screenwriters with established writers, directors and producers for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions.
This year’s mentors include: Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award winner for “Birdman: Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”), Nicole Perlman (co-writer of “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Evan Hayes (President of Production at Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation) and Helen Schulman (celebrated author and co-screenwriter of the film “P.S.”).
The four selected screenplays for 2015 are: Kendell Kline’s “Jane,” Jared Goodman’s “European Zero,” Ísold Uggadóttir’s “And Breathe Normally” and Philip Aceto’s “The Gloaming.”
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Writers of the selected screenplays will head to East Hampton this weekend to share and discuss their projects and meet with veterans of the industry who will advise them on how to develop their scripts and move their projects closer to production. During evening events, the participants will meet with members of the local artistic community, HIFF board members and friends of the festival. Over fifty screenplays have taken part in the lab since its inception, four of which have gone on to be produced, including Destin Cretton’s critically acclaimed “Short Term 12.” Past mentors have included Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”), James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac”), Oren Moverman (“The Messenger”) and Hawk Ostby (“Children of Men”).
“The Screenwriters’ Lab is a highlight of the year-round work that our organization does as it brings together a diverse range of talent from the industry and pairs them with a new wave of writers and filmmakers that are just beginning to make their mark,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.
Following the lab, the two Sloan Screenwriters will continue their connection to both important industry contacts and the public by showcasing selected scene readings from their screenplays by established actors at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.