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      TAKE YOUR FILM TO MARKET Summer 2017 in Waterloo

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      July 24, 2017

      Monday   2:00 PM (on various days)

      Belvedere Road
      Waterloo, Greater London SE1 8XX

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      TAKE YOUR FILM TO MARKET Summer 2017

      Half-day marketing workshops, working in association with industry - 12 projects will be shortlisted and presented to industry leaders.  The two "strongest" projects will attend the SAI/BFI Film Market in October 2017 and filmmakers will pitch direct to the likes of Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, Film4, Working Title Films etc. (The Screen Arts Institute, in Assocation with the BFI, is recruiting filmmakers for their Professional Story Development & Marketing Scheme - and these half-day workshops are, also, a stepping stone to that programme. The programme starts in Sepetember 2017 and runs through to April 2019.  They will help you develop/further develop a feature or major TV project, package it, and market it to financiers and industry. They work with the best on both sides of the Altantic and pitch your projects direct to the above mentioned companies and, in addition, the likes of , HBO, the BBC, ITV Studios etc) MATERIALS TO SEND IN ADVANCE: You will need to send materials in advance of the workshop.  Email the following: 1.   A logline and one-page pitch of the major project that you wish to develop/market. (600 words max.  Use Courier 12pt) 2.   An example of your screenwriting (any length but it must be a piece of fiction).  And, If you are a director/producer – an example of a completed film/TV project (vimeo link or similar). 3.    A CV of your educational background and all relevant professional experience. EMAIL YOUR  MATERIALS to: 2016 was a bumper year for SAI. We had 22 features in intensive development. Three already have cornerstone finance and co-producers attached - we are healthily confident that a handful will go to principal photography within 12 months. See, below, for some of our successes during 2016/2017. -  Babak Anvari (a Stephen May alum, and now Visiting Mentor) sells “Under the Shadow” to Netflix, and wins BAFTA for Best First Feature, Feb 2017 -  Bex Harvey (Stephen May alum) wins Oscar for writing Sing, Best Live Action Short, 2017 -  Stella Meghie (Stephen May alum) Spirit Award nominated for “Jean of the Joneses” Jan 2017; released in US/Canada. Stella has been picked up by CAA and tapped by Warner Bros and John Wells Productions to direct “Everything Everything” coming out 2017 -  Stephen May alums Daniel Kokotajlo (dir), Marci MacLellan (prod) and Charlotte Wise (writer), win at ifeatures and complete the feature “Apostasy” Dec 2016 http:// -  Ernest Riera (Stephen May alum, and now Mentor with SAI) wins the rights to “Hearts of Atlantis” by Stephen King. Will write and produce with director Johannes Roberts and Fyzz Productions -  Aephie Chen (on SAI programme in 2016), sells “My Baby Grandpa” to Taiwan’s Lee Lieh ( -  Zara Meerza (on SAI programme 2016) wins Associate Producer role at Warp Films (This is England) -  David P Davis (on SAI programme 2016) wins Script Executive role on Bryan Cranston-starring “Electric Dreams” 10-part sic fi (Phillip K Dick project) for Channel 4 channel-4-sci-fi-tv-electric-dreams -  SAI Mentor, Camille Gatin, wins BAFTA nom for producing The Girl with all the Gifts for Warner Bros. “The SAI has been an amazing experience.  I am a professional Script Editor and so story theory is something that I work with every day and the SAI, headed by Steve, manage to find new ways of opening my eyes on how to approach story.   The creative writing exercises are second to none, and the fact that I don’t have to try and script edit my own work, and let other people do it for me, has been absolutely priceless.  I can’t recommend it enough for any filmmakers out there…” – David P. Davis (Script Editor, Dr. Who, and now SKY Atlantic. “I couldn’t encourage SAI enough to anyone. It’s rare to find such a positive environment for professional, creative growth with peers and mentors as experienced as the ones I’ve encountered.  As a documentary filmmaker the move towards fiction has always been a daunting thought. With the help of Stephen May and my fellow filmmakers I’ve been able to develop the dramatic potential in the stories I care about while working towards writing my first screenplays for TV and Film.  There’s no better programme for getting you in the room. In my time with the SAI I’ve work-shopped, shared and developed my ideas with the leaders of the industry gaining valuable feedback and contacts that will continue to inform my work for years to come.” – Zara Meerza, producer/director “Marfa, Texas” – and, while on the SAI programme, has secured an Associate Producer’s role at Warp Productions. “The SAI programme has surpassed my high expectations.  The structure and support are superb and I’d recommend the SAI programme to anyone ready to take their next step in filmmaking.  Stephen May and all mentors and contributors are top industry professionals. This is a privileged position to be in.  A fantastic programme for people who learn from DOING.”-  Jacob Perlmutter, photographer/musician/filmmaker “I’ve read every book and pretty much been to every event from Bafta events to London-based film festivals where there are Q & As and lectures etc and other screenwriting workshops .  This (the SAI workshop) was honestly the best kick up the arse I have got, and the most insightful and most professional. I got exactly what I needed, quickly efficiently and professionally. Thanks.” – Grant Taylor (writer/director –

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