2nd Annual

FilmColumbia Screenwriting Lab Residency

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Chatham NY 12037
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FilmColumbia Screenwriting Lab


FilmColumbia Festival runs each October as a five-day film festival on the edge of the Berkshires in New York State with the ability to screen pre-released major independent and award winning films, some going on to major acclaim. In 2012, Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Hyde Park on Hudson, Armour, Cloud Atlas, Silence in the House of God, & Rust and Bone were among the screenings.


Film Columbia Screenwriting Lab September 16-22,2013, Chatham, NY

The lab will provide a six day long intensive in an idyllic setting in Chatham, NY to refine and perfect your screenplay. Room and board will be provided for writers not living in the area.

The influence of a new generation of filmmaking, the web, the change in platform viewing, the difficulty in finding financing, and the need for succinct and powerful storytellers is forcing the industry to take notice of the architecture of the short film. Screenplays will be worked on with the intention of sharpening them and making them into a eight to fifteen page short, while focusing on a three-act structure. Completion could then be easily filmed and used as a trailer, final product or an impetus for the feature-length work. Each day provides lab time, work time and guest speaker.

One finished short screenplay within the Lab will be given a script-reading at the FilmColumbia Festival, October 23-27. FilmColumbia Festival screens pre-released major independent and award winning films, some going on to major acclaim. In 2012, Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Hyde Park on Hudson and Amour were among the award-winning screenings.

The lab will be facilitated by actor Scott Cohen(The Other Woman, Kissing Jessica Stein, Necessary Roughness) and screenwriter/playwright Anastasia Traina(Horton Bliss, Sparticles and String, From Riverdale to Riverhead) . Daily sessions will include master classes with known screenwriters such as Michael Cristofer, Charles Evered, Ramin Serry, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, Frank Pugliese, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini and Sam Hendel.

Seven finalists will be accepted to the five-day screenwriting workshop for a $600 fee.


Calliope Nicholas (Festival Registrar); Calliope Nicholas (Festival Registrar)


1. Cover Letter/Artist Statement: Write about who you are and what your project is about. Give us a sense of your connection to the work and what you’d like to accomplish in the workshop environ.

2. Biographical Statement: Include info on act other members involved in your creative team.

3. Synopsis of your screenplay.

4. Work sample; submit up to 10 pages in standard industry form.

For those invited to the lab, a $600 payment fee is required by Sept 15th, 2013.


FilmColumbia is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any screenplay submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual submitting the screenplay hereby warrants that it is authorized to use the screenplay within the screenwriting lab and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless (FilmColumbia) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.