First Draft

September 22

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. We kick off the 2014/2015 season on September 22 with the first three episodes of a new series by George Wing (50 First Dates).

September 22, 2014
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center Buy
October 20, 2014
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center Buy
November 17, 2014
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center Buy
December 8, 2014
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center Buy


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September's live reading will feature a pilot script and the first two episodes of a half-hour episodic comedy, Fraternal, written by George Wing and set in Seattle's own Ballard neighborhood.

In Fraternal, three friends in their early 20's join an old, decaying Fraternal Order with the intention of taking it over and making it their own.  But the older members turn out to be more than a match for them.

George Wing is a Seattle screenwriter and producer who has written studio comedies like 50 First Dates, independent films such as Outsourced, and cable/network television, including the NBC show Outsourced (based on the movie of the same name and co-written with director John Jeffcoat). For years, he's been saying that Seattle needs more episodic TV production, and he's finally decided to do something about it.

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 Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work!

Running Time: 110 minutes