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ScreenCraft Screenwriting Master Class Series Live Studio Event, January 12th! Limited Tickets Available!

Attend the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Master Class Series Live Studio Event, January 12th! Limited Tickets Available!

Join us for an exclusive, in-depth, and intimate lecture series, ScreenCraft’s Master Class, where accomplished Writers, Producers, Managers and Experts dig deep into the specifics of the craft and the business of film and screenwriting!

The event will take place Tuesday, January 12th, from 9:30am-5:30pm, split into two half day sessions (9:30am-1pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm) in West Side Los Angeles. 

There are only 12 tickets per half day session so buy your tickets ASAP!

The lectures will be filmed and attendees will be the background audience, with open Q&A. The lectures and filming will take place throughout the whole business day, so we are offering tickets to two different time blocks.

This is a unique opportunity for screenwriters and filmmakers to learn from some of the best.

Snacks will be provided.

The Master Class lectures on this day will feature:

Jennifer Grisanti – “Pitching the TV Pilot”

Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, and Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, She previously ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. She was later promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered shows includingMedium, Num3ers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.

Tom Nunan – “How to Work with A Producer”

Tom Nunan has also generated a television and film slate of more than 50 projects, including creating a strategic alliance with Sony Pictures TV. Nunan and his partners at Bull’s Eye Entertainment achieved worldwide fame and success for producing their Academy Award-winning Best Picture Crash, as well as other beloved titles including The Illusionist, Thumbsucker and Employee of the Month.

Aaron Kaplan – “Hollywood Managers: What They Do and How to Get One”

Aaron Kaplan is a founding partner of management company Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Today, they represent some of the industry’s most successful writers, directors, and showrunners such as Jeb Stuart (Die Hard), Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer) and more. Kaplan/Perrone also has a production wing: each of their feature films has grossed over $100M world-wide, and they have a pod deal with Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBC/Universal.

Neil Landau – “TV Writing: The Rules of Structure & Character and When to Break Them”

Neil Landau is an American screenwriter, playwright, producer, and director. His film and television credits include the teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack and MTV’s Undressed. He has developed numerous one-hour drama TV pilots for several studios and networks including Warner Bros., Touchstone, CBS, ABC Family, and Lifetime, and has written movies for Universal Pictures, Disney, Columbia Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. He also teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at both UCLA School of Film & Television and USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Sean Covel – “How to Write What a Producer wants to Buy and Make”

Sean Covel produced the indie hit Napoleon Dynamite. Made for only $400,000, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and quickly sold to Fox Searchlight and MTV Films. The picture went on to spend nine months in theaters and become one of the most successful independent films of all time. He has since produced many other films, including Beneath (Paramount Vantage / MTV Films); Think Tank (Maitland Primrose Ent); 12 Dogs (Universal Studios), directed by Academy Award-winner,Keith Merrill; Broken Hill, starring Academy Award-winner Timothy Hutton; and Cafe, which was filmed in Philadelphia starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jaime Kennedy and Alexa Vega. He is also a lecturer at USC Cinematic Arts. 

AFI Directing Workshop for Women is open for submission

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women is now accepting applications!! This program is amazing and will change your world and career if you are accepted. Application deadline: December 6

Short film participants will work towards completing a short, narrative project with the intended outcome of playing at film festivals and acquiring distribution deals.

Episodic participants will work towards completing a web pilot or a web mini-series (no more than 20 pages total) to premiere online or via a streaming service.


MARCHNotification: Participants are notified of their acceptance.

APRILScreenplay & Fundraising Mentorship: Participants work remotely on developing their screenplays with faculty mentors, are given classes on fundraising for their projects and begin the process of raising their money with DWW staff guidance.

MAYThree-Week Training Workshop: Full-time classes and instruction. Some evenings and weekends may be required. Classes include all topics related to directing and visual storytelling — from lectures to hands-on exercises with actors and camera.

JUNEPre-Production: Approximately five weeks from the end of the training workshop session until the first production begins shooting.

JULYProduction: AFI provides lighting, grip and camera equipment that can be used for a five-day shoot (permission to use a non-AFI digital camera is possible through a formal request). Equipment pick-up and drop-off times are specified. Participants are responsible for damaged and missing equipment. AFI provides limited insurance and requires shooting/location permits, compliance with AFI SAG-AFTRA Agreements and other production paperwork.

AUGUSTPicture Lock: Participants are required to find editors for their projects. Projects must lock picture within the assigned 30 days, regardless of whether editing takes place on or off campus. On-campus editing facilities are available during specified hours. Directors participate in two additional days of classes on post-production and the business.

SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBERPost-Production: Participants work to finish their films with AFI staff guidance and following a list of assigned deliverables. Once fully delivered, each participant can premiere their film on campus and will be eligible to participate in the annual DWW Showcase.

APRILShowcase: Eligible Participants’ work is screened in an annual Showcase for agents, managers, producers and executives at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

Participants become AFI Conservatory Alumnae and enjoy all benefits therein.



  • Screenplay:
    • Short Film Applicants: A standard format narrative screenplay of no more than 15 pages (shorter submissions are strongly encouraged) in proper screenplay format — applications submitted with improperly formatted scripts will not be considered.
    • Episodic Applicants: a web pilot or a web mini-series in proper screenplay format — no more than 20 total pages.

  • Narrative statements (which include the elements requested on the application)

  • Resumé (no more than two pages)

  • Bio (no more than one page)

  • Work sample (sole directing credit — as outlined on the application)

  • Application Fee of $100 (non-refundable)

  • Letters of Recommendation (one letter is required - up to three letters of recommendation are accepted — must be dated within six months of the application).

Applicants must have a minimum of three years professional experience working in the arts. This experience may not include credits earned within an academic program. Please note that applicants with professional credits as narrative directors — defined as a directing credit on a nationally broadcast or nationally distributed narrative non-documentary feature film or television program — are not eligible to apply.

The application is now available at:

There will be an Open House on October 20 - guests can RSVP via their website!!!!