Fourth Indian Screenwriters’ Conference (Aug 3-4, ’16)

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Dear Writer-Friend!

Greetings from the Film Writers Association!

FWA announces the 4th Indian Screenwriters Conference (4ISC). As you’re aware, this national conference is perhaps the most prestigious, educative and popular event for Indian screenwriters.

(Flashback: The first conference was held at FTII, Pune, in August 2006, attended by 275 writers. The second, at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, next to Film City, Mumbai, in December 2008; saw 575 screenwriters and writer-directors attending it. 3ISC at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, in February 2013, had the participation of 700 screenwriters! To see the pictures of 3rd ISC click here and click here.)

We’re expecting 4ISC to be the biggest yet. The theme of this conference is: ‘SO NEAR, SO FAR: Do Our Stories Reflect India’s Reality?’

While most of the sessions will tackle this theme from different angles, we will also address other issues concerning the profession of screenwriting. The sessions:

  1. LITTLE BIG FILMS

Small films, driven by strong scripts and the passion of the filmmakers, are increasingly ending up as surprise successes. What is the scope and future of such efforts?

  1. SERIAL KILLERS

Does our current TV content reflect our times and society? Why are we stuck in some unchangeable grooves? What is the way out?

  1. WRITERS & PRODUCERS: PARTNERS OR ADVERSARIES?

Writers feel they are undervalued while producers complain of lack of quality scripts. How can this relationship be made more collaborative, more mutual, and more productive for both?

  1. THE FEMININE FACTOR

Are female actors getting better roles now? Is our audience comfortable only with stereotypical women characters? Are we ready to have a more realistic gender equation on screen?

  1. THE DIGITAL EXPLOSION

Is the Internet the answer to our creative and economic issues?

  1. THE BUSINESS OF TV WRITING

The leverage of the TV writer is growing; it appears, with him/her turning into a producer. Is this the model for all TV writers to move towards?

This, and much more, awaits you at 4ISC, with panelists and speakers who’re amongst the most respected and knowledgeable professionals from the entertainment and media industry. We are inviting Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Siddharth Roy-Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala, Ritesh Sidhwani, Jaideep Sahni, Sriram Raghavan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Juhi Chaturvedi, Jayesh Patil and many more writers and producers to the conference. Confirmations are streaming in quickly. Once the final list is ready, we shall inform you.

Reputed journalist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee, P. Sainath will deliver the keynote address.

Dates: August 3 & 4 (Wed & Thurs), 2016

Timings: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (on August 3, a cultural program from 6:30 – 8:00 PM)

Venue: St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai

This is something which every Indian screenwriter should be interested to participate in. Do mark the dates in your calendar. We shall shortly inform you of the modalities of participation. And, do share the mail with your friends. No one, who wants to attend, should miss out on this!
Here’s the link to…

Delegate Registrations for the 4th ISC

Do spread the word!

Warm regards from the Film Writers Association!

Preeti Mamgain, Zama Habib and Manisha Korde

Conveners and Co-Convener

4ISC Committee, FWA

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