Friday, February 26, 2016

Nashville Film Festival and ScreenCraft to Present First Annual 'Nashville Writers Conference'

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Nashville Film Festival and ScreenCraft will present the first annual Nashville Writers Conference to be held in conjunction with the Nashville Film Festival.  

            The Nashville Writers Conference just announced its slate of A-list Hollywood screenwriters, producers and agents who will anchor the event. They are as follows: Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, World Trade Center), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Minority Report) Oscar-Winner Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), Mark Bomback (Insurgent, The Wolverine, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes (The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2) Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) Shauna Cross (Bad Santa 2, Whip It, If I Stay, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans, Ride Along, Aeon Flux) and Keya Khayatian, senior agent at Universal Talent Agency (UTA) whose clients wrote Stick It, Dallas Buyers Club, Brokeback Mountain, and Serendipity, among others.

            “We are thrilled to partner with ScreenCraft to create and bring this new event to writers and screenwriting communities worldwide,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival. “We are bringing new content, speakers, panels and opportunities to Nashville on a level that this city has never seen before.”

            The conference will provide expertise on the craft and business of writing for film and television, with many of the entertainment industry’s top professionals.  The conference is open to up-and-coming screenwriters as well as seasoned writers. The conference will be an uncensored, writer-focused deep-dive into the real machinery of Hollywood. It includes, “The Big Pitch” event, offering writers the chance to practice their pitch with top professional screenwriters, then pitch their scripts to producers, executives, agents and managers. In addition to panels, workshops and keynote speakers, the conference also offers live table reads and small group mentorships and private parties. 

            Nashville Writers Conference is the inaugural co-production of two leading film and screenwriting organizations: the Nashville Film Festival, now 47 years old and one of the largest film festivals in the U.S., and ScreenCraft, a platform dedicated to the craft of writing for screenwriters and story-tellers in all industries.  The Nashville Writers Conference is scheduled to occur from Wednesday, April 20 through Friday, April 23, and will take place at the Nashville Film Festival.

            To learn more or register, visit

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