First Draft

The First Draft screenplay series gives local writers an exciting chance to stage readings of their work with professional actors, a live audience, and feedback from industry insiders.

First Draft will return in the Fall of 2014.

We are gathering scripts and accepting submissions throughout the summer. Submission directions are below!


$5 | Free for SIFF Members

First Draft takes place on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

First Draft is part of the SIFF Education Catalyst program. Catalyst programs are designed to support filmmakers in getting to the next stage of their careers - artistically and professionally.  First Draft offers audience members a glimpse into the first stage of the filmmaking process. Film fans have the opportunity, along with industry professionals, to offer immediate and constructive feedback. The SIFF audience is savvy and includes writers, actors, filmmakers as well as film lovers. Come join us for First Draft where the audience takes the script from good to great. Each event includes a networking reception with beer provided by Naked City Brewery.

Want to submit your script?

Our Catalyst First Draft screenwriting series provides writers with the opportunity for immediate and direct feedback from industry professionals and film fans, alike. If your script is selected, it will be read live in front of an audience, who will have the opportunity to provide feedback, along with two industry "script doctors", to help get your project ready to go in front of the cameras. In addition, participating writers will have access to the full support of SIFF's dedicated staff assigned to this new and exciting professional development program.

Once you have completed this form and accepted the terms of the Submission Release Form, please email a PDF of your script to