First Draft

September 16

110 minutes

We're excited to announce the return of our popular SIFF Catalyst First Draft live script table read series, now entering its third year! September 16th's reading will be Mark Price's exciting new script, "Let's Kill D.B. Cooper."

Admission is Free. Please RSVP to each event below.

September 16 - RSVP link - Let's Kill D.B. Cooper, written by Mark Price
October 21 - RSVP link - Dead Eye, written by Anne Hartner
November 18 - RSVP link - Dancing Fool, written by Andrea Blake
December 16 - RSVP link - Happy Now?, written by Gina Merchan
January 20 - RSVP available closer to date
February 17 - RSVP available closer to date.

These events are intentionally overbooked to insure a full house. Please plan to arrive early.

Upcoming Script:
September 16 - Let's Kill D.B. Cooper, written by Mark Price
Logline: Legendary skyjacker D.B. Cooper gets a once in a lifetime chance to recover his lost fortune by attempting a bold, impossible heist. But when his estranged son becomes involved, he must risk his life to choose between the success of his mission, or his redemption as a hero.

Mark Price, a Seattle-based filmmaker for 15 years, has had the privilege of presenting multiple feature films and shorts at SIFF - including Elliot's Wake as writer/director, and Lynn Shelton's My Effortless Brilliance as a producer. His most recent feature-length screenplay, "Let's Kill D.B. Cooper," reached the semifinals in the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting contest, as well as the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.

Every Third Wednesday we are featuring a new script from a local Seattle screenwriter brought to life by a rotating roster of some of Seattle's best acting talent! Readings will take place at 7pm in the SIFF Film Center classroom and will be followed by a moderated audience feedback session led by First Draft curator and SIFF Catalyst programmer, Brad Wilke. 

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First Draft takes place on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

First Draft is part of SIFF Education's Catalyst program. Catalyst is designed to support filmmakers, both artistically and professionally, as they progress from one stage of their careers to the next. Catalyst First Draft offers audience members a glimpse into the first stage of the creative development process, in which a screenplay is prepped for eventual production via a live table read performed by professional Seattle actors. Audience members, guided by industry professionals, then have the opportunity to offer immediate and constructive feedback directly to the screenwriter(s). Join us each month for Catalyst First Draft and take part making a good script even better! 


Want to submit your script?

Our Catalyst First Draft screenwriting series provides writers the opportunity for immediate and direct feedback from industry professionals and film fans, alike. If your script is selected to be read, you will receive casting support from SIFF's First Draft staff, as well as the opportunity to direct the actors in their performance (or designate a director to do so in your place). Following the live read, the audience, led by am industry professional, will have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback to help get your project ready for production. 

Due to the high number of submissions, we are not able to respond to each and every inquiry for feedback. Your script will be read at least once by a trained reader before being evaluated for possible inclusion in the program.   

Once you have completed this form and accepted the terms of the Submission Release Form, please email a PDF of your script to brad.wilke@siff.net. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work!

Running Time: 110 minutes