First Draft

March 9

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, March 9 will be The Little Drummer Grrrl written by Jess Grant.

March 9, 2015
6:30 PM SIFF Film Center

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March 9's script will be The Little Drummer Grrrl written by Jess Grant.

About The Little Drummer Grrrl:
Little Drummer Grrrl is a one-hour TV pilot about a young female drummer struggling to get ahead in Seattle's rock music scene. She auditions for bad bands at night and works as a vet tech by day until a co-worker (and ex-grunge rocker) takes her under his wing and starts introducing her to all the right people. A dramedy in the vein of Shameless or Transparent.

About the Writer:
Local screenwriter Jess Grant is a native of Los Angeles, CA and graduate of UW's Screenwriting program. Jess spent decades writing songs and journalism before transitioning to the longer story form of screenwriting in 2013. Little Drummer Grrrl is Jess' second completed script; he has an animated short in the drawer and is now writing a dark comedy feature film about a Socialist who wins the Lottery.

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