Monthly Archives: February 2019

SWA supports ActFest 2019

SW-19The Screenwriters Association is proud to support India’s first acting festival – ActFest 2019. It is also the world’s first exclusive festival for the actors, by the actors which consists of workshops, panel discussions, lectures and more for aspiring and professional actors and acting enthusiasts.

The festival will be held on February 15 and 16, 2019 in Mumbai, India. With 60 industry speakers, 1500 expected participants and 10 panel discussions; ActFest is organized by Star India, CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes’ Association) and the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP), India.

The festival is spread over six different venues of Shree Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM), Vile Parle (W), Mumbai. The venues are Mukesh Patel auditorium, Juhu Jagriti hall, Seminar hall, Santokba hall, Santokba Foyer and Bhaidas Foyer area. All these venues are located at Mithibai and NM Colleges, within walking distance of each other.

Writer-director-editor and SWA’s Honorary General Secretary  Sunil Salgia, screenwriter-television producer and SWA’s ex-General Secretary Zama Habib, screenwriter and ex-EC member Sanjay Chouhan, and writer-director and SWA’s EC member Abhijeet Deshpande will represent SWA for a special panel discussion, during this event. Here are the details: 

Panel Discussion: “Pen to Performance”

Panellists: Sunil Salgia, Zama Habib, Sanjay Chouhan, Abhijeet Deshpande, Naved Aslam, Mayur Puri | Moderator: Amole Gupte

Date: February 15, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Venue: Seminar Hall, First Floor, Mithibai College

Know more about ActFest 2019 at the festival website: https://actfest.in/ 


WIN A COMPLIMENTARY PASS TO ACTFEST 2019!

Here’s a chance to win a complimentary pass to ActFest 2019. You just have to:  

Define the relationship between an actor and a screenwriter, in one line. 

Tweet as many responses to @swaindiaorg and tag @act_fest

The most creative responses, picked by SWA’s Events Sub-committee, will be offered a complimentary pass to ActFest 2019. Hurry, limited spots available (open to SWA members and non-members)!

 

SWA supports STAR Writers Program

The Screenwriters Association is always keen to help its members realise the dream of telling their stories and build their careers. This time, we’re happy to extend support to Star Writers Program as a way of helping aspiring writers find an opportunity to enter the television industry.

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Here are the salient features of this program:

  • This program is designed by Star India to provide a professional writing course for television series in India.
  • This program was started in 2016 and it is currently one of India’s most immersive course in television writing.
  • In its third season now, Star invites all aspiring writers to build on their skills through an intensive seven month course in screenwriting.
  • To get selected, the registrants have to submit the two Writing Challenges on the website: Story Challenge and Scene and Dialogue Challenge. Each completed application is read by a panel of professional screenwriters, before participants are finalised for the next round to be held in Mumbai.
  • Each year, the program receives over thousands of applications. The selected applicants are invited for Mumbai Challenge, a 2-day event in Mumbai (travel and stay to be sponsored by Star). At this event, participants learn storytelling techniques and meet the team in person.
  • On the basis of the submissions and personal interviews held during the Mumbai Challenge, final 15 students are chosen for the program.
  • The trainees inducted into the program earn a stipend of INR 70,000 per month during the 7-month training (5 month classroom+2 month internship) and on successful graduation, they get a 2 year writing contract with Star to work on their biggest shows.
  • This year the classes are expected to start in August 1st week. 

About the Program Dean: The Dean for this program is renowned American screenwriter and screenwriting educator David Freeman. He has put a detailed framework around teaching the craft for television writing while he also provides a detailed guideline document to help participants understand what exactly is needed, for the first round of the Star Writers Program. As per David, “You can’t teach the art of writing but you can definitely teach the craft of writing for television.” Read more about David Freeman, here: http://beyondstructure.com/about-david-freeman/

We encourage all our members to apply for this program, the last date for which is February 17, 2019. To apply, follow the link: https://starwritersprogram.startv.com/

NOTE: Please, do read the Star’s Terms and Conditions for the program before applying. Follow the link: https://starwritersprogram.startv.com/terms-and-conditions

DISCLAIMER: It is understood that under no circumstances the Screenwriters Association (SWA) shall not assume any responsibility for or obligation or duty with respect to any part or all of the Star Writers Program, of any nature or kind whatsoever, or any matter or proceedings arising out of or relating thereto. SWA shall not be required to take any action of any kind to collect or protect any interest of its members in relation with Star Writers Program, and in no event shall SWA be liable to its member or members for any loss of intellectual property, anticipated profits or other consequential, special or indirect loss or damage of any nature arising at any time, whether arising under contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or dispute situation or for any other cause whatsoever.