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The 5th edition of the Indian Screenwriters Conference (ISC), the biennial event organised by the Screenwriters Association, will be held on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at the St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra. The Chief-Guest of the inaugural session will be actor-producer-director Aamir Khan, while the reputed journalist and Padma Shri awardee Vinod Dua will deliver the Keynote Address.

The conference is expected to see a large number of screenwriters and established professionals from the film and TV industries, as well as the digital media. It will also provide a platform for networking to all its participants. Stimulating discussions and insightful sessions await the participants at 5ISC, with panelists and speakers who’re amongst the most respected and knowledgeable professionals from the entertainment and media industry.

SWA has invited Javed Akhtar, Jaideep Sahni, Sriram Raghavan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Mahesh Bhatt, Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani, Gaurav Bannerjee, Siddharth Tewary, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Juhi Chaturvedi, Meghna Gulzar, Urmi Juvekar, Rajat Arora, Varun Grover, Rashmi Sharma, Shailja Kejriwal, Raghuvir Shekhawat, Usha Sharma, Purnendu Shekhar, Shashi Mittal, Sonali Jaffer, Ved Raj, Manoj Santoshi, Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Gul Khan, Utkarsh Naithani, Neeraj Ghaywan, Nagraj Manjule, and many more writers, writer-directors, producers and channel/studio executives to the conference. While the confirmations are streaming in quickly, the final schedule and the list of panelists will be published on the SWA website, very soon.


The Indian Screenwriters Conference was started with the idea of addressing issues concerning Indian screenwriters and lyricists, while also encouraging a dialogue on the surrounding social realities, within and outside the film and TV industries. 

The first Indian Screenwriters Conference, held at FTII, Pune, in August 2006, was attended by 275 writers. The second, at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, next to Film City, Mumbai, in December 2008; saw 575 screenwriters and writer-directors attending it. 3ISC at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, in February 2013, had the participation of 700 screenwriters. 4ISC, held in August 2016, was the biggest with over 900 screenwriters and industry professionals attending it! (Click here and here for the photo album of 4ISC.)

DATES: August 1, 2 & 3 (Wed, Thurs & Fri), 2018 

TIMINGS: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (on August 2nd, a cultural program from 6:30 – 8:00 PM)

VENUE: St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai


Delegate Registrations to open shortly, at 

(Special Discounts for SWA members, media persons and students)

Registrations open for the new batch of ‘How to Write a Comedy Script’ – A Workshop by Anuvab Pal (supported by SWA)

Anuvab Pal

After a very successful first batch earlier this year in February, the dates for the new batch of How to Write a Comedy Script’ – A Workshop by Anuvab Pal, have been announced.

William Shakespeare once said comedy is tragedy plus time. But is it really that simple? What makes a scene or a script inherently comic? Is it tone, content, situation, absurdity, the opposite of what would happen in regular life, all of these or none of these?

The workshop:
In a 2-day workshop, Anuvab Pal takes you through writing and building the structure of comedy scripts, focusing on how to write a comic scene, and the tools required/ differences to establish in building a comedy story as opposed to any other genre. Ultimately, as someone said, funny is funny, but inthe age of stand up comedy that’s very fashionable in India today, can this be taught? Or is it just instinct? What’s the difference between writing characters and doing stand-up? Is being funny the same as writing funny? Come to find out.

The mentor:
Anuvab Pal according to The Times Of India is one of India’s top 10comedians and according to the NY Times, India’s Most Intelligent Stand-Up. He began his career at The Comedy Store (now Canvas Laugh Club) in 2010 and has done sold out shows in 30 Indian cities and 11 countries around the world. His stand up special Alive At 40 is now on Amazon Prime. He is the screenwriter of the comedy films Loins Of Punjab Presents and The President Is Coming. His latest comedy series Going Viral is now streaming on Amazon Prime.


The first batch of How to Write A Comedy Script – A Workshop by Anuvab Pal, February 2018, Mumbai

Date and Time: 7 & 8 July, 2018  |  10:30 AM – 5:30 PM (both days)

Fee:  INR 5,000/- per person for the entire duration of the workshop (Inclusive of all taxes and lunch for both days)

Special Discounted Price for SWA Members: INR 4,000/- 

Venue: Workbay, 1st Floor, Deep Jyot Bungalow, Off S.V. Road, Opp. Sacred Heart Church,
Santacruz (W), Mumbai 54.

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The workshop is open for all ages from 16 years and above.
A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of day 2.  
Seating preference is based on first come, first serve.
Reporting time for the workshop is 10.15 AM
Lunch and beverages will be provided in-house on both days.
The workshop fee is non-refundable.

MPA-APSA and SWA announce ‘Launch Your Script – 2018’


Motion Pictures Association (MPA), Screenwriters Association, India (SWA) and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) have announced Launch Your Script – 2018, an outreach program for script development.

This is an opportunity for Indian screenwriters, SWA members as well as non-members, to submit their feature film scripts to win a grant of US $ 25,000. Screenwriters can enter this program by submitting online their one page synopsis, in English, for the first round. While one can send multiple entries, an entry fees of INR 1000/- shall be paid per entry. 

MPA and APSA annually award four script development grants of US $25,000 each to APSA Academy members at the awards ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia. In 2017, SWA member Suman Mukhopadhyay’s script titled Paradise in Flames was one of the four recipients of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund.

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  1. Chance to win a spot in the LATC Global Film and Television Program in Los Angeles. 
  2. Select Treatments will be submitted for the script development grant (USD 25,000) to be considered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund jury. 
  • Submission deadline of one page synopsis – July 17, 2018
  • SWA announcement of select entries for submitting treatments  – July 24, 2018
  • Submission of treatments – September 5, 2018
  • SWA announcement of winner for LATC program and top scripts for the script development grant (USD 25,000) by the APSA jury – September 20, 2018
  • Select participants will be invited to the SWA Script Development workshop in Mumbai to be held on October 4, 2018
  • MPA APSA Academy Film Fund recipients for 2018 announced at the APSA Ceremony on November 29, 2018

To participate or know more about the program, click here.

NOTE: Go through the Rules and Regulations/ Guidelines/ Terms and Conditions properly before submitting. 
For queries, send an email to