First Draft

January 26, 2015

The First Draft screenplay series offers local screenwriters the opportunity to stage readings of their work using professional actors in front of a live audience, followed by feedback from industry insiders and audience members, alike. The script for Monday, January 26 will be In Those We Trust written by Erin Neal from a story by Erin Neal and Collin Joseph Neal with expert post-reading feedback from John Comerford.

Schedule
January 26, 2015
Monday
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center
February 23, 2015
Monday
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center
March 9, 2015
Monday
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center
April 13, 2015
Monday
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center

Admission

RSVP here for this FREE event!  This event is intentionally overbooked to insure a full house. Please plan to arrive early.

January's Screenplay will be In Those We Trust written by Erin Neal from a story by Erin Neal and Collin Joseph Neal. John Comerford will be leading the post-screening feedback session.

About In Those We Trust:
In a devastated world, the ideals of the past collide with the authority of the future. Two women, once fast friends, are now sworn enemies as they struggle against their own beliefs. When an authoritarian dictator decrees a new world order, they must either unite to confront what they once held as truth or watch the world they love burn.

Writer and Actress Erin Neal has been sharing her work with Seattle since she landed here six years ago. Three of her short screenplays have been produced and the films have festivaled across the country, including the short form of  In Those We Trust. Inspired by the overwhelming positive reviews of the film, she developed and expanded the story into a feature length screenplay. "I enjoy playing with the concepts of ideology and liberty colliding. It sparks a dialogue for both the film and our real world." This is her her third feature screenplay and she is excited to share it at SIFF First Draft.


First Draft takes place on Mondays from 6:30pm 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