Podcast: Susan Silver, Author, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms

In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with trailblazer Susan Silver and comedy writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Susan talks about her latest memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets, and Sitcoms. Susan  has written for some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, creating laugh lines for Mary Tyler Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beatrice Arthur, Bob Newhart, and The Partridge Family. A female comedy writer in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, she is perhaps the first and only television writer to be featured in TV Guide wearing hot pants. Now, Susan dishes about the highs and lows of both her comedy career and love life in her new memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms. Sign up for FREE chapter here.

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest (June 23 – 25, 2017)

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest return for the 14th exciting year, June 23 – 25, 2017 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center in LA, with more options than ever:

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES: Screenwriting Consultants, Pilar Alessandra and Carole Kirschner offer a team-teaching intensive to help whip your TV series into shape.  You can also attend a full day with the SUPER STORIES guys, Houston Howard and Steve Mitchell, where you will learn the same lessons they usually only teach at the studios about developing your concepts to successfully create story empires.

PITCHING: Pitch to more than 120 companies, such as the Paradigm Talent Agency, Cross Creek Pictures (BLACK SWAN, PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES), Echo Lake Entertainment (AWAY FROM HER, NEBRASKA), Radar Pictures (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, COCKTAIL, THREE MEN AND A BABY), Ramo Law (BONE TOMAHAWK), End Game Entertainment (LOOPER), Garlin Pictures (DRUNK HISTORY for HBO), Longitude Entertainment (YOUTH IN REVOLT), Rat Pac Entertainment (THE REVENANT), Circle Of Confusion (THE WALKING DEAD, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE GREAT WALL, JOHN WICK 2), and dozens more.  Scroll down to check out the latest list of companies and agencies at http://scriptfest.com/home/the-great-american-pitchfest/.  Only 500 tickets are sold and the event sells out every year.

AGENT, MANAGER & INDUSTRY LUNCHEON: At this three course luncheon, writers are seated directly with agents, managers, staff writers, produced screenwriters, distributors, and other industry professionals to offer advice, and to network with new writing talent.

CLASSES & PANELS: Produced screenwriters, gurus, and other experts give you all the knowledge you need to kickstart your writing and screenwriting career.  Previous special guests have included Oscar and Emmy award winning screenwriters such as Diablo Cody (JUNO), David Seidler (THE KING’S SPEECH), David Gould (BREAKING BAD) and the writing staff from BETTER CALL SAUL, as well as writers such as Nia Vardalos (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING), Shane Black (NICE GUYS, LETHAL WEAPON), Simon Kinberg (MR & MRS SMITH, SHERLOCK HOLMES), Carl Gottlieb (JAWS), Gary Goldstein (Producer, PRETTY WOMAN), and dozens of other A-list screenwriters, agents, managers and industry professionals.

For 10% Discount, use Discount Code: WRITERJUDY10

Visit www.scriptfest.com for details.

IFP Opens Submissions for IFP Film Week

Spotlight on Documentaries is an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature and serialized projects. Presenting 60+ documentary projects ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at a rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers working in non-fiction.

Accepted filmmakers take part in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing and distribution partners, speed dating meetings with festival programmers, invitations to private documentary events, and exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference. Applications are now open. (Early Deadline: May 2nd. Late Deadline: May 23rd). Apply here!

Women’s Film Institute: An Interview with Founder Scarlett Shepard

Scarlett Shepard, Founder of the Women’s Film Institute, talks with Sterling James of KBLX Cares about how she started the Institute, San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, and digital media mentorship program for girls. Women’s Film Institute has transformed from a three-day festival into a growing global network of individuals, professionals, and organizations dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls while working toward bringing greater diversity to the film and entertainment industry.

The Humane Society’s Ace Documentary Film Grant

A grant for films in production or post that highlight the welfare of animals. From the Humane Society: $20,000 prize is awarded to the filmmaker who best succeeds in merging animal issues with a compelling narrative. Film projects must contain an animal welfare or animal protection issue. http://www.humanesociety.org/about/events/ace/

Sign up today: Art of Securing Grants for your Film or Media Project

Join us for the Art of Securing Grants for your Film or Media project on 3/23 or 3/30 at 1:00 PM PST. This introductory session will help you confidently navigate the request for proposals process, build successful relationships with funders, and get you closer to finishing your film.

Professional development sessions are donation-based. We want to make sure that they are accessible and affordable. This session will be about an hour with room for Q&A. Led by Scarlett Shepard – Founder of the Women’s Film Institute. Please select a session that you’d like to attend. https://doodle.com/poll/pbc6eysyatp264xe

Applications for the Cannes Producer’s Network – Deadline: 3/8/17

IFP is the sole U.S. Partner Organization for the Cannes Producer’s Network, annually selecting and sponsoring attendance for up to seven independent producers to participate in the Producer’s Network & Workshop’ prestigious week-long immersion programs.

Running concurrently with Cannes International Film Festival, the 2017 Producer’s Network will be held May 18-26, 2017 and is specifically designed for established producers to build up their international networks and share expertise on the international production, financing, legal and packaging. The Producer’s Workshop, for emerging producers, will be held May 17 – 19th, 2017, and provides additional opportunities to producers to understand how to navigate Cannes and its international marketplace. Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 8th.  Apply today: https://tinyurl.com/zwgnth8


Looking for funding for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities. When you make a gift in any amount today, you will receive the complete list of 200+ funding opportunities in your inbox.

Women’s History Month: Change your profile to a woman who inspires you!

Women have always played an important role in our nation’s history. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we invite you to change your profile picture on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to a woman who inspires you or has made a positive impact in your life! Whether it’s a woman you know personally or well-known public figures, women play an important role in our lives. Share her story with the world. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #extraordinarywomenofhistory


Warner Brothers Television Directors’ Workshop

The Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop is an initiative that introduces up-and-coming directors to prime time television. With the backdrop of active Warner Bros. Television sets as the learning environment and top television directors, cinematographers and showrunners as the instructors, those selected to the program will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop that is unprecedented and unparalleled in the industry.

Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials. For the experienced and talented directors selected, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of episodic television.

The Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop features multiple components, all geared towards preparing the director for a successful career in television. Applications Accepted Through Thursday, Feb 16 2017 (11:59pm PST) APPLY NOW!


Looking for funding for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities. When you make a gift in any amount today, you will receive the complete list of 200+ funding opportunities in your inbox.

Miranda July donates archive of “Joanie 4 Jackie” to the Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute acquires feminist video chain letter collection created by Miranda July (American film director, screenwriter, actor, author, and artist) beginning in 1995 includes over 200 titles. The Joanie 4 Jackie (originally called Big Miss Moviola) is a large collection of short movies and video art distributed by filmmaker and artist Miranda July in the ‘90s and 2000s.

In 1995 Miranda July dropped out of college, moved to Portland, Oregon, and typed up a pamphlet that she imagined would be the start of a revolution of girls and women making movies. “Through Joanie 4 Jackie I learned how to conceive of myself as a filmmaker – how to create a sustaining community hidden inside a larger culture that didn’t even know we existed,” said July. “That has served me well in every facet of my life and it is my greatest hope that the archives will provide fodder for new ideas about networks, survival, and the use of technology.”

Check out http://www.joanie4jackie.com/