Screen Forward Conversations

Special Event
Theater 10–5pm
  • Regular $120
  • Media Center Members $99



Early bird pricing through April 3 // $99/120 beginning April 4

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Not in NYC? Watch online as it happens!
Live stream tickets $45 (no member discount for live stream)
Purchase live stream access here.
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Feeling revitalized by your new script? Looking for new platforms to share your vision? Adapting your opus to serialized Vines? Intrigued by games, VR, and transmedia? (They need writers too!) The world for the screenwriters and directors is expanding – you can now make content for all screens – big and small.

Screen Forward Conversations is your source for intel and inspiration on writing in the digital era. Discussions on features and television as well as web content and games, are accompanied by collaborative writing exercises. The day includes ample time for meeting and talking to your fellow writers and panelists – and lunch!

Find Panelists’ bios here. Additional speakers to be announced representing the minds behind hit projects across many platforms, and the leaders in the industry.

Seating is very limited! Don’t let this chance to strengthen your writer’s toolkit get away!


10:00a Registration
Come early and meet your fellow writers! Visit the Media Center’s café, Cuper, for delicious espresso while you’re at it.

10:30-11:15a – Welcome and Wake Up Writing Games
Bring your notebook & your good ideas! Hosted by Brinkman – the writing team for UCB Comedy’s web series.

11:15a-12:00p- On TV & Online: Writing for Episodics
We all know that good TV is back, and the episodic model has taken over the web, evolved platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, and brought on binge viewing. So, has the structure of an episode changed with all this? And, does a great web series always make a great TV show? How do you know if your pet project’s episodes should be 5 minutes or 22? Hear from those that are making short and even shorter series – and doing it well.

Panelists: Damon Cardasis, creator, Vicky & Lysander; Ingrid Jungermann, creator, F to 7th and The Slope; Shukree Tilghman, director More than a Month & writer, Satisfaction (USA Network); Sean Weiner, co-director, UCB's Brinkman; Philip Gilpin, Executive Director, ITVFest (moderator)

12:00p-12:45p- Writing & Getting Paid
They tell you to do what you love and the money will follow; but you can’t just wait for that to happen. Hear from the curators, agents and advisors about all the revenue streams that may be open to you – from optioning the script to pay per view streaming.

Panelists: Chris Galletta, writer, Kings of Summer; Peter Gerard, Director of Audience Development and Content Operations, VimeoUrsula Lawrence, Lead Strategic Organizer, Writers Guild of America, EastEva Vives, Writer, Raising Victor Vargas; James R. Janowsky, Writer, Film Professor (moderator)

12:45p-2:15p– Networking Lunch
Find your writing tribe! We’ll gather in small groups based on the styles, themes, or platforms of our writing – find collaborators and commiserators.  Box lunch is included.

2:15p-3:00p– Keynote: Sebastián Silva
Writer, director and sometimes actor and producer Sebastián Silva is known for The Maid (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and nominated for a Golden Globe), Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus (starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann) and the upcoming Nasty Baby, winner of the Berlin Film Festival's Teddy Award and starring Kristin Wiig. In fact, he has released six features in the last eight years which have shown around the world, all produced for an economy of scale with significant impact. Here, Silva shares his inspirations and drive for making these incredibly diverse niche pictures – and what is next for him – along with some of his other favorite films, and tips for breaking through creative barriers.

3:00p-3:45p: Writing Narrative Videogames 
Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry following the same big studio and little indies model as film. The cinematic feel continues on screen, with great story driving many of the most interesting games – it’s become yet another outlet for writers’ ideas – and sometimes without the hindrances of effects budgets – or the laws of physics. Hear how stories translate to first person RPGs or experiential social issue challenges from writers who crossed over into games from more traditional media.

PanelistsCaitlin Burns, Transmedia Producer (moderator); Barton Bishop, Narrative Director, GameloftSande Chen, Writer and Game Designer, The Witcher; Alex Toplansky, Senior Writer, Deep Silver Volition

3:45p-5:00p: Writer’s Happy hour – Sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, East
Relax with your peers a little after a day of challenging inspiration. You earned it!

Screen Forward Conversations is proud to be supported by the Writers Guild of America, East and Brooklyn Brewery.

Not in NYC? Watch it Live as it happens.
We are excited to offer this event also as a live stream. You won’t miss a thing – and we'll be answering questions of those watching remotely, too. 

You can purchase a ticket to the live stream at any time.

Can’t watch it live, or want to see it again? Your ticket will get you access to all of the sessions after the event. In-person ticket buyers will also have access to the video archive of the day's events. 

Need Help? You can find information on the ticketing process and technical support here.

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