First Draft

November 17

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, November 17 will be A Helluva Thing written by Kristin Kirby.

November 17, 2014
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November's Screenplay will be A Helluva Thing written by Kristin Kirby. 

About A Helluva Thing:
A hit man who dies and goes to Hell makes a deal with the devil to do one last hit on Earth, but his new body is that of a nice guy, and he develops a conscience and falls in love with the intended target. Heaven Can Wait meets Beetlejuice.

Kristin has written eight feature screenplays that have won or placed in several writing competitions including Nicholl Fellowships, Washington State Screenplay, PAGE International, and Sundance Labs. A Helluva Thing was a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival competition last year. In addition, three of Kristin's scripts have been optioned by producers. She edits video-game text at Nintendo of America and is currently writing a paranormal TV pilot.

December's Screenplay will be Double Blind written by Trina Harris.

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