Rest In Peace, William Goldman!

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William Goldman (August 12, 1931 – November 16, 2018)

Internationally acclaimed American novelist, playwright, and two-times Academy Award winner screenwriter,  William Goldman passed away on November 16, 2018, in New York. He was 87 and had been suffering from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman, who had won Academy Awards (popularly known as the Oscars) for films ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969, Best Original Screenplay) and ‘All the President’s Men’ (1976, Best Adapted Screenplay), was considered one of the late twentieth century’s most popular storytellers and a Hollywood genius. His other prominent works include his thriller novel ‘Marathon Man’ and the comedy-fantasy novel ‘The Princess Bride’, both of which Goldman also adapted for the film versions.

William Goldman had several box-office hits under his belt and was a much sought-after script doctor. He was also popular for coining iconic phrases like “Follow the money” and “Nobody knows anything”.’ For a lot of international screenwriters, as well as a whole generation of young Indian screenwriters, Goldman happened to be a great source of inspiration.

The Screenwriters Association, Mumbai, is deeply saddened by the demise of William Goldman  and prays for his soul to rest in peace.

"Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. 
Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. 
And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, 
that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, 
your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. 
No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, 
on paper they are earthbound." 

- William Goldman

IPRS invites Lyricists to become Members

The Indian Performing Rights Society Limited is the body which issues Licences to users of music and collect Royalties from them, for and on behalf of its Members i.e. the Authors, the Composers and the Publishers of Music and distribute this Royalty amongst them after deducting its administrative costs. It collects license fees for the utilization of musical works (lyrical work being part of the said Musical work) & distribute the collection made to its Members only.

IPRS, which came into existence on 23rd August 1969, is a representative body of Owners of Music, viz. The Composers, Lyricists (or Authors) and the Publishers of Music and is also the sole Authorized Body to issue Licences permitting usage of Music within India by any person. Composers are those who are better known as Music Directors, Authors are better known as Lyricists, Publishers of Music are the Producers of Films and Music Companies, or those who hold Publishing Rights of the Musical Works. The Society is a non-profit making Organization and is a Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered under the Companies Act, 1956. IPRS has been granted Registration by the Central Government on 28th November, 2017 and is accordingly now a Copyright Society registered under Section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957 and Copyright Rules, 2013.

IPRS invites SWA’s all lyricist members, who are creators of such Musical Works, to become its member and get the benefit of Royalties collected on their behalf for the utilization of such works.

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“IPRS will your trusted partner and will protect as well as effectively and transparently monetize your rights with each member discovering fair value from the exploitation of their creativity & investment in music. 2018-19 will surely be a big year for IPRS, its members and Music in India.”

 – Shri Javed Akhtar, IPRS Chairman 

Note: This invite is for the AUTHORS (LYRICISTS) who have created a lyrical work (which is part of Musical Work) & are member of Screenwriters Association (SWA) who are yet not a part of IPRS.

CONTACT: Mr. Manish Jani (Manager –  Member Relation & Data) – manish@iprsltd.com Mr. Sandesh Tharkude/Mr. Som Sonik (Membership Department) – membership@iprsltd.com Online Member application portal link – http://114.143.234.186:43380/ Websitewww.iprs.org
Team SWA

CINESTAAN’S SCRIPT CONTEST (SUPPORTED BY SWA) IS BACK!

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After an overwhelming response to its first edition, Cinestaan has now called for entries for the second edition of their ambitious INDIA’S STORYTELLERS script contest. The contest is actively ‘Supported By’ the Screenwriters Association, as a significant platform for all Indian screenwriters, young as well as experienced, to showcase their talent and win cash prizes worth INR 50 Lakh, with the top prize being INR 25 Lakh for the Best Script.

Once again, the top jury of the contest will be actor-producer-director Aamir Khan, writer-director Rajkumar Hirani and screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi, while the senior member of SWA’s Executive Committee Anjum Rajabali will act as the jury Chairperson. (Click here for Aamir Khan’s special message for all screenwriters.)

The deadline for Submitting Synopsis for the First Round of the Contest is JANUARY 22, 2019 after which, the shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a full script for Round 2. While an applicant may submit as many entries, there is an Application Fee of INR 1,500/- per entry.

The Screenwriters Association encourages all its members to participate in the contest. We believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for deserving screenwriters and can truly help your script find its rightful place. In this contest, the Copyright of the screenwriter is fully protected, while there are no hidden obligations either. Apply today.

Main contest page: https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/

‘Apply Now’ page: https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/apply_now.php

Rules & Regulations: https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/rules.php

Terms & Conditions: https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/terms.php

Frequently Asked Questions: https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/faqs.php

Shortlisted titles from Round 2 of the first edition of the contest:  https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/2017-18.php#titles (The top winners of the first edition of the contest will be announced shortly, by the end of November or in the first week of December, 2018.)

For any contest related queries: scqueries@cinestaan.com

All the best!

Team SWA

SWA organises Gender Sensitisation Workshop by Paromita Vohra

“NARI TERI YAHI KAHANI TO #BoreMatKarYaar”

A SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP BY PAROMITA VOHRA ON GENDER SENSITISATION

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Feminist ideas always show up as an exception in Hindi films – or most films for that matter. It is crisis, revolution, morality play around themes of rape, dowry, divorce, revenge, victimhood or heroism. But does a feminist film always come waving a flag? Or can we imagine it more interestingly, more true to life, more humorous and sexy with more smarts and heart? Could Hindi Masala RomCom be more feminist than a film about feminism? Are songs and beauty, love and interiority full of feminist possibility (Yes!)? Can we write different female characters without writing different male characters? Can we re-conceptualise ‘issue-based films’? In other words – can we imagine an effortless feminism? One that is part of every kind of film?

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Paromita Vohra is a writer & a filmmaker whose work mixes fiction and non-fiction to explore themes of urban life, popular culture, love, desire and gender. Her films as writer include the internationally released feature Khamosh Pani/Silent Waters and as well as the play Ishqiya Dharavi Ishtyle. She is the founder and Creative Director of Agents of Ishq (a unique digital project about sex & love in India)

Date: November 15th, 2018 (Thursday)      Time: 05:30 PM

Venue: SWA Office, 201 – 204, Richa Building, Plot No. B – 29, Off New Link Road, Opposite Citi Mall, Andheri (West) Mumbai

NOTE: Only for SWA members. To attend, RSVP by sending an email to contact@swaindia.org Limited seats (for first 45 members only – On ‘First Come, First Served’ basis).

SWA collaborates with Critics’ Choice Short Films Awards

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In a first ever event, independent, well-known, movie-loving film critics from across the country — from newspapers, TV channels, websites and radio — have come together formally to form the Film Critics Guild. Motion Content Group India has partnered with the Film Critics’ Guild for the first edition of Critics’ Choice Short Films Awards in India. It is a first of its kind unbiased reward and recognition platform for the short film makers of the country.

The Screenwriters Association proudly supports the Film Critics’ Guild for Critics’ Choice Short Film Awards and encourages its members to participate for the same. There is no fees for submission while the finale – On Ground event celebrating the best of Indian Short films made between OCT 2017 – OCT 2018 ,  will be organized in Mumbai in Dec (2018).

Entries are open till 10th Nov , 2018.

For Details and Submissions, Log on to www.ccsfa.co.in

MPA-APSA felicitates ‘Launch Your Script’ 2018 finalists

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CREATING A UNIQUE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIAN SCREENWRITERS

Screenwriters Association (SWA), Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) launched a joint script development outreach program, ‘Launch Your Script’, 2018, in India earlier this year to enable Indian screenwriters to showcase their work on a global platform.

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L–R: Saiwyn Quadras, Screenwriter, Meenakshi Shedde, APSA Academy Member, Suman Mukho-padhyay, Filmmaker, Lohita Sujith, MPA, India, Anubhav Chopra, LATC Global Film and TV program winner, Swara Bhaskar, Actor, Debashish Irengbam and Anjum Rajabali, SWA

To mark the success of ‘Launch Your Script’, 2018, SWA hosted a felicitation ceremony for the LATC Global Film and TV program winner, Anubhav Chopra for his entry titled “Phurrr” and the twelve finalists of the outreach program on October 24th 2018 at the SWA office in Andheri (W).

Swara Bhaskar, actor known for her roles in films such as Tanu Weds ManuRanjhanaa, and the recently released Veere Di Wedding and Saiwyn Quadras, writer of popular films such as NeerjaMary Kom and Parmanu – the story of Pokhran were the Chief Guests. Also in attendance, were members from the MPA’s India office, SWA, senior APSA Academy members and Suman Mukhopadhyay, recipient of the 2017 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund grant.

The objective of the outreach program was to open doors for SWA members and screenwriters across the country to compete in the 2018 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. After receiving over 600 entries and going through multiple rounds of evaluation, SWA and the selection committee comprising APSA Academy members: Rajit Kapur, Mayank Tewari, Leena Yadav, Rajan Khosa and Meenakshi Shedde shortlisted twelve finalists whose entries stand a chance to win a script development grant of USD 25,000 during the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be held in Brisbane, Australia in November this year.

Chair of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its Academy Michael Hawkins said, “The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund has seen phenomenal success in 2018 with finished projects premiering at Cannes, Venice and beyond. APSA applauds SWA and MPA India for their extensive outreach in support of the initiative, which in 2017 saw one of the applicants through this process, Suman Mukhopadhyay, become one of the four successful MPA Film Fund recipients. We look forward to seeing a strong number of applicants again in 2018.”

Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Motion Picture Association, Asia Pacific said, “ “We are delighted to partner once again with the Screen Writers Association of India and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in this enterprising program that offers screenwriters an avenue to secure significant support for a new feature film project. In 2017, Suman Mukhopadhyay’s project Paradise in Flames, went on to receive one of the four USD$25,000 script development grants. The project is now well advanced in the development stage. The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund is now recognized as a world-class initiative for kick-starting exciting stories from every corner of the Asia Pacific.”

Chief Guest of the event, Swara Bhaskar said, “A script is where the depth of a character lies. No matter how hard an actor tries, there has to be something more in the writing for the character and the plot to stand out and be real. Now that I’m writing a script myself, I can also empathize with the struggle and hard work of the process of script writing.”

Speaking about the collaboration, Anjum Rajabali, veteran screenwriter and Executive Committee Member, SWA said, “The Screenwriters Association is privileged to have been invited to associate with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Motion Picture Association in this ‘Launch Your Script’ initiative since 2017. SWA congratulates its member, Anubhav Chopra for emerging as the winner of the prestigious LATC Global Film and TV program for 2018. It also offers its best wishes to the ‘Launch your Script’ finalists.”

About the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund: The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) annually awards four script development grants of US $25,000 each to APSA Academy members at the awards ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia. APSA is regarded as the highest accolade in film in the region, and these grants provide significant support to enable stories from the Asia Pacific to reach the global stage. Winners of the film fund in the past have included Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi (for A Separation, which went on to win an Academy Award®) and Australian writer-director Rolf de Heer (for Mr. Ward’s Incredible Journey). In 2017, SWA member Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Paradise in Flames was one of the four recipients of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. This project was submitted with the endorsement of APSA Academy member Rajit Kapur as a creative consultant.

About SWA: The Screenwriters Association (SWA, formerly Film Writers’ Association – Regd. Under the Trade Union Act 1926, Regd. No. 3726) is a Trade Union of screenwriters and lyricists who work for Films, TV and Digital Media in India. Authors, novelists, playwrights, journalists who aspire for to diversify or join full-time the mediums of films, TV or Digital entertainment, are also members of the SWA.

5ISC Video Album

Scroll down to watch ALL the videos of the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference, held on August 1,2 & 3 2018 at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai.

DAY 1

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 01
INAUGURATION Chief Guest: Aamir Khan Keynote Speaker: Vinod Dua

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 02
WRITERS Vs. PRODUCERS: CAN THEY NEVER BE ALLIES?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 03
BLURRED LINES BETWEEN HISTORY, MYTHOLOGY & FANTASY

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 04
BETWEEN THE HITS

DAY 2

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 01
DISPUTE SETTLEMENT – DEMYSTIFIED AND EXPLAINED

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 02
WRITING WITHOUT FEAR – IS A WRITER’S MIND FREE OF FEARS?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 03
PAL DO PAL KE SHAAYAR

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 04
WHERE ARE THE NEW VOICES IN TELEVISION?

DAY 3

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 01
SOUTHERN WAVES

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 02
HAS THE DAILY SOAP FORMAT REACHED ITS DEAD END?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 03
WEB OF DIGITAL WRITING: FEARLESS OR FRIVOLOUS?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 04
SWA AWARDS 2018 & CLOSING CEREMONY

SWA to felicitate finalists of MPA-APSA ‘Launch Your Script’ Program

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To mark the success of our ‘Launch Your Script’ 2018 contest, an outreach program for scriptwriting that was launched by the Screenwriters Association (SWA), India, in collaboration with Motion Picture Academy (MPA) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), SWA will host a felicitation ceremony for the LATC Global Film and TV program winner, Anubhav Chopra, and MPA APSA Academy Film Fund finalists, on October 24th 2018, Wednesday, at 6:00 PM, at its office in Andheri West. (Click here for the list of finalists.)

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The chief guests for the event will be actress Swara Bhaskar, known for her roles in films such as Tanu Weds Manu, Ranjhanaa, and the recently released Veere Di Wedding and Saiwyn Quadras, writer of popular flicks such as NeerjaMary Kom and Parmanu – the story of Pokhran;  the program will also be attended by members from the press, MPA, APSA, and SWA, and the team of panelists. The SWA-MPA-APSA Academy Film Fund jury from India consisted of senior APSA members – namely Rajit Kapur, Leena Yadav, Rajan Khosa, Mayank Tewari and Meenakshi Shedde.

The objective of this contest was to open the doors for our members to compete in the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, 2018, in Brisbane, Australia for the prestigious $25000 script development grant. And the prime reward, of course, was a paid trip to Los Angeles for the Latin American Training Centre (LATC) Global Film & TV Program workshop, in which the winner would be able to spend a week networking and attending workshops and interacting with industry professionals in LA. After receiving an enormous amount of entries and going through multiple rounds of evaluation, SWA finally found the list of twelve finalists whose entries will be sent to compete in the APSA Academy Film Fund. With this, the name of the winner of the LATC Global Film and TV program this year was also announced.

About the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund: The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) annually awards four script development grants of US $25,000 each to APSA Academy members at the awards ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia. APSA is regarded as the highest accolade in film in the region, and these grants provide significant support to enable stories from the Asia Pacific to reach the global stage. Winners of the film fund in the past have included Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi (for A Separation, which went on to win an Academy Award®) and Australian writer-director Rolf de Heer (for Mr. Ward’s Incredible Journey). In 2017, SWA member Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Paradise in Flames was one of the four recipients of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. This project was submitted with the endorsement of APSA Academy member Rajit Kapur as a creative consultant.

OPEN TO ALL SWA MEMBERS.

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

We have received a formal complaint from our member Ms Vinta Nanda, and we are committed to ensure a fair investigation and to deliverance of justice. We stand in solidarity with all victims of sexual harassment and encourage them to speak up.

As a Trade Union with more than twenty one thousand members, we believe that gender/sexuality based violence or discrimination is against the spirit of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, which espouses the basic Right to Livelihood for all Indian citizens. Thus, SWA upholds a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards such behavior.

Being a Trade Union, we are governed by labour laws and a constitution. However, within that framework and beyond, SWA’s Internal Committee will offer full support to any member who is facing such harassment / discrimination, irrespective of gender or sexuality.

Our Internal Committee is also working towards the creation of a meaningful policy agenda towards this end. We will also actively pursue effective programs that promote gender equality and gender sensitisation in our industry.

If you are a member of SWA experiencing gender discrimination or sexual harassment at workplace, please reach out to us at ic@swaindia.org . We promise that you will be heard with all sensitivity, and your case will be dealt with swiftly, with complete confidentiality.

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हम आपके साथ हैं!

(स्टेटमेंट ऑफ़ सॉलिडैरिटी)

हमें हमारी सदस्य विन्ता नंदा से एक औपचारिक शिकायत प्राप्त हुई है, और हम न्याय सुनिश्चित करने के लिए मामले की निष्पक्ष जाँच के लिए कटिबद्ध हैं। हम यौन उत्पीड़न (सैक्शुअल हैरासमेंट) के सभी पीड़ितों के साथ एकजुट हैं और उन्हें अपनी आवाज़ उठाने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करते हैं।  

इक्कीस हज़ार से ज़्यादा सदस्यों वाली एक ट्रेड यूनियन होने के नाते, ये हमारा दृढ़ विश्वास है कि यौन/लैंगिक हिंसा या भेदभाव भारतीय संविधान के आर्टिकल 21 की मूल भावना के विरुद्ध है जिसमें सभी नागरिकों के लिए समान रूप से जीवन जीने के अधिकार का प्रावधान है।

एसडबल्यूए इस तरह के व्यवहार के विरुद्ध ‘शून्य सहनशीलता नीति’ (ज़ीरो टोलरेंस पॉलिसी) अपनाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है। ट्रेड यूनियन होने नाते, हम श्रमिक क़ानून और हमारी एसोसिएशन के संविधान के अधीन हैं।

तथापि, उपरोक्त आधारभूत ढाँचे और इसके इतर भी, एसडबल्यूए की इंटर्नल कमेटी लैंगिक निरपेक्षता के साथ इस तरह के उत्पीड़न/भेदभाव से पीड़ित सभी सदस्यों को पूरा समर्थन देती है।

हमारी इंटर्नल कमेटी इस मुद्दे पर एक सार्थक पॉलिसी अजेंडा तैयार करने की दिशा में काम कर रही है। हम फ़िल्म इंडस्ट्री में लैंगिक समानता और लैंगिक संवेदीकरण को बढ़ावा देने के लिए प्रभावी कार्यक्रमों की रूपरेखा तैयार कर रहे हैं।

अगर आप एसडबल्यूए सदस्य है और अपने कार्यक्षेत्र में लैंगिक भेदभाव या यौन उत्पीड़न का सामना कर रहे हैं तो कृपया, ic@swaindia.org पर ईमेल भेजकर हमसे सम्पर्क करें। हम विश्वास दिलाते हैं कि हम आपकी समस्या को पूरी संवेदना और गोपनीयता से सुनेंगे और तुरंत प्रभाव से ज़रूरी कार्यवाही करेंगे।

NOTICE: APPOINTMENT OF REGISTRATION OFFICERS

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NOTICE

(ONLY FOR SENIOR-REGULAR MEMBERS OF SWA)

SUBJECT: APPOINTMENT OF REGISTRATION OFFICERS

As resolved by the Executive Committee of SWA, in its meeting dated 03-10-2018, Senior-Regular Members of the Association are invited to volunteer for the position of Registration Officer.

All the applications shall be examined and scrutinised by the Executive Committee.

(For further details, send an email to contact@swaindia.org)

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 सूचना

(सिर्फ़ वरिष्ठ-रैग्यूलर एसडबल्यूए सदस्यों के लिए)
विषय: रजिस्ट्रेशन ऑफ़िसरों की नियुक्ति

एसडबल्यूए की एक्ज़ेक्यूटिव कमेटी द्वारा, 03-10-2018 को हुई ईसी मीटिंग में लिए गए निर्णय के अनुसार, एसोसिएशन के सभी वरिष्ठ-रैग्यूलर सदस्यों को रजिस्ट्रेशन ऑफ़िसर के स्वैच्छिक पद के लिए आमंत्रित किया जाता है।

सभी आवेदनों की छँटनी एक्ज़ेक्यूटिव कमेटी द्वारा की जाएगी।

(अधिक जानकारी के लिए, contact@swaindia.org  पर ईमेल करें।)