Monthly Archives: November 2019

SWA and Gujarat Literature Festival launch ‘Indian Screenwriters Festival’

The Screenwriters Association is collaborating with Gujarat Literature Festival for their 8th edition, to be held in Ahmedabad, from December 18 to 22, 2019, at Gujarat University premises. As a specially curated sub-festival under the GLF umbrella, a first of its kind ‘Indian Screenwriters Festival’ (ISF) will be launched, in Ahmedabad. ISF is being held in association with Screenwriters Association, Mumbai, and will serve as a platform for an exciting dialogue and exchange between screenwriters from the Hindi film industry and Gujarati cinema.

Under ISF, stimulating One on One sessions with maverick writer Vijayendra Prasad (in conversation with Abhijeet Deshpande) and ace writer-director Vishal Bhardwaj (in conversation with Anjum Rajabali) will be conducted on December 21 and 22, respectively. In addition, a 5-day screenwriting workshop has been planned in association with Whistling Woods International, from December 18 to 22, 2019. This extensive workshop will have instructors like Anjum Rajabali (screenwriter, senior SWA activist & EC member), Vinod Ranganath (screenwriter, senior SWA activist & EC member), Shellee (lyricist & SWA EC member) and Abhijeet Deshpande (writer-director & SWA EC member), along with other noted screenwriters. 

Link to register for the workshop:





SWA collaborates with Gujarat Literature Festival 2019

The Screenwriters Association is proud to collaborate with the Gujarat Literature Festival for their 8th edition, to be held in Ahmedabad from December 18 to 22, 2019, at Gujarat University premises. 

GLF is the most popular and largest literary event held in Gujarat. It’s target is to draw more youth into cerebral pursuits. It also redefines literature in today’s context and includes oral story-telling, books, audio, video and digital forms of literary creativity and expression. GLF aims to present literature in a contemporary and appealing way by promoting reading, writing and better understanding of literature, exchange of ideas and free thinking among the youth.

In the run up to this season, several events will be hosted by partner organisations at multiple venues, beginning early December. The GLF will then open with workshops from Wednesday, December 18. December 19 onwards events including an inaugural programme, the GLF awards and a dinner have been planned. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (December 20, 21 and 22) will mark almost 10 to 12 hours a day of engaging sessions. 

  • Gujarati Sahitya Mahotsav will celebrate best of Gujarati literature and culture.
  • Tabariya will be GLF’s best foot forward to connect with the children.
  • Fountainhead will present of best of writing, primarily in English and Hindi, besides other Indian languages.
  • GLF Awards will return to felicitate best of the creativity in Gujarati writing and publishing.
  • GLF’s Bizlitfest: Entrepreneurship, trade, business and industry are identity of Gujarat. Introducing GLF’s bizlit festival, to celebrate the essence of Gujarat.
  • Artfest: A dedicated festival will highlight the best of Gujarat’s art, architecture and heritage.
  • Food-festival and Book Market will offer a complete event experience.
  • Featuring over 200 speakers, performers and over 100 events.

To make it inclusive, it is language neutral and entry is free.


Official website (For Registrations):
GujLitFest Edition8


Healing Your Mind and Spirit

A Mental Health Awareness Workshop to help writers deal with psychological and emotional challenges of their field

A writer’s job is a tough one. 

Not only do you have to deal with issues like uncertainty, rejection, disappointment and lack of motivation, the journey can be a lonely one as well. 

In the past year, multiple cases of suicide and depression have been reported amongst scriptwriters in our industry. 

Keeping this in mind, Screenwriters Association (SWA), India, has collaborated with Samaritans Mumbai – a mental health/ suicide prevention helpline institution – to organise a one hour long workshop, “Healing the Mind and Spirit”, to help our members learn how to deal with the emotional and psychological challenges of this journey.

We hope to make a positive difference amongst our members with this initiative and invite you to be a part of this journey.  

DATE: November 29th, 2019 (Friday)

TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

VENUE: SWA Office, 201 – 204, Richa Building, Plot No. B – 29, Off New Link Road, Opposite Citi Mall, Andheri (West) Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400 053

Event Page link:

About Samaritans Mumbai: Samaritans Mumbai is an institution providing emotional support for those who are stressed, disturbed or suicidal. Their aim is to help those driven with worry, despair, depression, isolation, anxiety and loss of self-esteem or are tempted to suicide. Anonymity and Strict Confidentiality is maintained. Volunteers, from all walks of life, are carefully selected for their ability to listen, accept, understand and empathise with those in crisis. Callers can talk to them about their innermost feelings and thoughts without fear of being judged or criticized. This listening service is non-political and completely secular, the emphasis being on total acceptance of a caller with his/her traumas and anxieties. Callers can also talk to their volunteers face to face at their Centre. Anyone needing professional care is referred to the Treatment & Counselling unit.


* This is a free event, which is open to ALL SWA members. To attend the event, please RSVP by clicking on this link:
* This event is exclusive for SWA Members. However, in case there are vacant seats, the Event Sub-committee/SWA Management will be pleased to welcome Non-members.
* No confirmation email required. Show your valid SWA Membership Card at the venue.
* ‘First Come – First Served’ seating. Limited seats.
* Tea & Snacks will be served after the event.

* कार्यक्रम में सभी एसडबल्यूए सदस्यों की एंट्री निशुल्क है।चूँकि स्थान सीमित हैं, इसीलिए बेहतर प्रबंधन के लिए, हमें आपकी उपस्थिति के बारे में इस लिंक के माध्यम से सूचित करें:
* यह कार्यक्रम सिर्फ़ एसडबल्यू सदस्यों के लिए है। खाली सीटें रहने की स्थिति में इवेंट सब-कमिटी/ एसडबल्यूए मैनेजमेंट द्वारा ग़ैर-सदस्यों को भी आमंत्रित किया जाएगा।
* एंट्री के लिए ‘Confirmation Email’ की ज़रूरत नहीं। (सिर्फ़ कार्यक्रम के दिन अपना वैध एसडबल्यूए सदस्यता कार्ड अपने साथ लाएँ।)
* बैठने की व्यवस्था ‘पहले आओ – पहले पाओ’ के आधार पर रहेगी। स्थान सीमित।
* कार्यक्रम के बाद चाय-नाश्ते का इंतेज़ाम किया गया है।

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SWA and WIFPA sign an MoU

In its endeavour to establish amiable as well as mutually beneficial work relationships with producers’ organisations, SWA has added another feather in its cap. The Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Western Indian Film Producers Association (WIFPA). This agreement, signed by Shri Sunil Salgia and Shri Dilip Dalvi –  General Secretaries of SWA and WIFPA, respectively, will enable smooth functioning of a Joint Dispute Settlement Committee (JDSC) between the two bodies. The MoU broadly covers the following pointers:

  1. SWA and WIFPA will jointly resolve any disputes and claims arising amongst its members and extend support to each other to take a strong action against its respective members who are found guilty of any proven instances of default.
  2. Upon receiving a complaint against a member of the other association, the complainant’s association will immediately inform the respondent’s association of the same.
  3. Both the organisations will set up Joint Dispute Settlement Committee (JDSC) meetings to hear such above complaints and jointly resolve the dispute.
  4. Decisions of the JDSC shall be binding on the complainant and respondent.
  5. If the JDSC is unable to arrive at a consensus, the respective associations may guide their concerned members regarding how to proceed with the matter.
  6. Both the associations will ensure compliance of their respective members to the decisions of JDSC. In case a member of either association refuses to comply then, the association of the defaulting member shall take a strict disciplinary action.


LP Rochon declared ‘Unfair Producer’ by Writers Guild of Canada

As a permanent member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG), SWA is in receipt of the following announcement by the the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC). 

Official statement of WGC: Declaration of Unfair Producer – LP Rochon

List of ‘Unfair Producers’, as declared by WGC:

IAWG website:


SWA and CINTAA sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

As per the announcement made in the second week of September, the Screenwriters Association (SWA) and Cine and Television Artistes Association (CINTAA) have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement, agreed and accepted by Shri Sunil Salgia and Shri Sushant Singh –  General Secretaries of SWA and CINTAA, respectively, will address all kinds of violations, be it sexual harassment, copyright infringement, payment or breach of contract involving the members of both the Associations.

The following are the salient pointers of the MoU:

SWA and CINTAA will collaborate with each other and stand in solidarity regarding any issues involving the welfare and well-being of its members. Especially, if any representation to the government or other authority is required in this regard, SWA and CINTAA shall support each other’s representation before such authority.

  • SWA and CINTAA will take the required steps and efforts to educate its members regarding good practices to be observed in the industry, particularly, to uphold and respect the rights and dignity of other members (specifically including but not limited to sexual harassment, copyright violation and/or non-payment of dues) and where necessary, collaborate in organizing, arranging and conducting programmes, workshops and seminars or any other kinds of events for imparting such education and awareness among its respective members.
  • In case of any proven instances of misconduct against or breach of any rights of the members of SWA or CINTAA, relating to or occurring during their course of discharge of professional work and duties, both the associations shall extend support to each other and stand in solidarity with each other to condemn all such proven instances of wrongdoings.
  • In case of any disputes between the members of both the associations, the parties shall arrange a joint meeting of their respective Dispute Settlement Committees. The members concerning such dispute from both the associations shall have a moral obligation to attend the Joint DSC meetings taking place between the signing associations.
  • If members of either association violate the rights or dignity of the members of the other association, the concerned association of the defaulter member shall take all measures to encourage and/or compel its defaulter member to participate in the mediation process of the complainant’s association. If such defaulter member refuses or refrains from participating in the dispute resolution process of the complainant’s association, or if the dispute resolution body of the complainant’s association finds that the defaulter member is indeed in default, then the defaulter member’s association shall take strict action against such defaulter for such wrongdoings.
  • The dispute settlement body of the complainant’s association shall have the jurisdiction to conduct mediation if the complaint is pertaining to the particular craft of the association and the defaulter member’s association shall respect and abide by the findings and decision of the complainant’s association. (e.g. if the dispute has arisen in the complainant’s capacity as a writer or in the course of work of the complainant providing his/her services as a writer, then SWA’s dispute settlement body shall have the jurisdiction to entertain the dispute; vice versa for CINTAA if the dispute arises out of the complainant’s course of work as an artist or in relation to the complainant’s services as an artist).
  • If the dispute concerns the members of both the associations in their capacities as a writer and artist, then, the defaulter member shall have the right to request the representation of their association in the dispute settlement process, in which case, there may be a JDSC meeting to resolve the dispute. However, such JDSC meeting shall not take place for any complaints pertaining to sexual harassment. Complaints pertaining to sexual harassment shall strictly be handled by the concerned association of the aggrieved person.
  • Wherever mutually beneficial, the associations shall collaborate and provide support to each other for any other matters not specifically mentioned herein. The parties are free to add any further points to the MOU as and when required through mutual consent. (This MOU shall not be a commitment of funds to either party on behalf of the other party or any disclosure or transfer of intellectual property rights, or any other proprietary information.)

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