Talented screenwriters in our nation’s capital region have the opportunity to showcase their scripts to accomplished filmmakers and Academy-Award producers! The new initiative called Spotlight on Screenwriters from Women in Film & Video (WIFV), gives many talented creative professionals in the DC Metro area, the opportunity to have their concepts directly submitted into a professionally produced Spec-catalog. The Spec-catalog is then presented to major producers and financiers of major studios and independent films all because of the new Spotlight on Screenwriters initiative! The catalog features production ready screenplays written by WIFV members.
Monica Lee Bellais, WIFV Board Member and creator of Spotlight on Screenwriters, recently was featured on MPTD’s Reel Talk with Film DC podcast to talk about why this initiative is so important and the impact it’s making on the D.C. film community already.
“I learned the craft of storytelling from Jeffrey Katzenberg, James Cameron and Jon Landau,” stated Monica Lee Bellais. “For over a decade I’ve bridged the worlds of filmmaking and policymaking by consulting with production companies and connecting them to subject matter experts to develop richer texture and credibility for TV and film projects. It’s been a pleasure to mentor a growing community of screenwriters in D.C. over the years. Stories about D.C. are gaining momentum and it is an opportune time to introduce these incredibly talented screenwriters to producers, financiers and studios!”
The amount of expressed interest and requested full screenplays from the accomplished filmmakers and award winning producers since the launch of the pilot program has been fantastic! So fantastic that one of the featured writers’ screenplays was selected as a Sundance finalist! The DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTD), has partnered with the initiative which has certainly “opened more doors” for our professionals in the Washington DC metro area. Hands-down, a fantastic opportunity for those interested in being involved in the wonderful world of film! MPTD is responsible for implementing, managing, and administering programs, initiatives, and services that support media industry economic activity, growth, and employment in the District of Columbia. Washington, DC’s instantly recognizable landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, cultural amenities, and first-class accommodations are just some of the many features that make the nation’s capital a venue of choice for media production.
“Spotlight on Screenwriters finally puts a long overdue spotlight on the creative energy and talent that’s been brewing in the D.C. region for decades.” said Lane Shefter Bishop, Emmy Award-winning producer and director, VAST Entertainment
After serving as a sponsor of the pilot program, MPTD has decided to enter into a formal partnership with the WIFV Spotlight on Screenwriters program in the form of a more robust financial contribution and assistance with networking opportunities as well as providing access to industry resources for participants.
“The Spotlight on Screenwriters catalog is a major step in illuminating the wonderful creative talent base here in the DMV. The hope is that the major agencies will utilize this valuable resource of fresh cutting-edge writers who have unique stories to tell.” said Russell Williams, two time Academy Award-winning and two time Emmy Award-winning Sound Engineer and Producer (Glory, Dances with Wolves, Training Day)
The call for the 2015 Spotlight on Screenwriters catalog will be announced by WIFV and MPTD in the first quarter of 2015. MPTD will offer periodic updates on the progress of the partnership as they become available.
For more information, contact the Office of Motion Picture and TV Development at (202) 727-6608, visit us on the web at film.dc.gov, join the DC Film community on www.facebook.com/FilmDC, or follow us on twitter.com/DCFilmOffice. The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTD)
Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) is dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement of mediamakers working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, providing professional development opportunities including mid-career scholarships and mentoring, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements. WIFV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit organization founded in 1979, is the premier professional resource for people who want successful media careers in the DC-metro region. WIFV is an affiliate of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), a global network of nearly 40 chapters. Our resources, connections and advocates support a vibrant, creative media community.