Monthly Archives: November 2018

Rest In Peace, William Goldman!


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 is your trusted partner. It 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) – Mr. Sandesh Tharkude/Mr. Som Sonik (Membership Department) – Online Member application portal link –
Team SWA



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:

‘Apply Now’ page:

Rules & Regulations:

Terms & Conditions:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Shortlisted titles from Round 2 of the first edition of the contest: (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:

All the best!

Team SWA

SWA organises Gender Sensitisation Workshop by Paromita Vohra



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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?

Paromita Vohra Photo-Milan Gupta

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 Limited seats (for first 45 members only – On ‘First Come, First Served’ basis).

SWA collaborates with Critics’ Choice Short Films Awards


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.

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