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2022 ScriptBiz (23rd Edition)

Friday August 12th

Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable & real.

A Way to meet trendsetters and up-and-coming influencers.



2022 ScriptBiz™ Workshop:



The Rhode Island Foundation

One Union Square

Providence, RI



Attention all scriptwriters with a story inside that is trying to get out...

Whether big, small or in-between, give life to your ideas.

Sign-up now for RIIFF’s ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter’s Workshop.


ScriptBiz™ is a day-long workshop that explores how to hone your

creative and business skills

scriptbixTrying to write your first script? Worrying about how to pitch your script more effectively to potential investors? Moving a completed script into production? Learn from the best at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s 22nd Annual ScriptBiz program!


For an entry fee of only $90, emerging screenwriters can hone their skills by interacting with and learning from seasoned industry professionals. This year’s program, entitled “From Page to Screen,” takes screenwriters through the entire screenwriting process, with panel discussions on the ins and outs of writing a script and the business aspects of getting a script into production, as well as a special workshop on “pitching your script.”


ScriptBiz takes place on Friday, August 12th, in downtown Providence, RI. at the Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Square. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the program runs throughout the day. Doors ooen at 9:30 a.m.


Light breakfast and lunch will be served for attendees.


Again, the fee is $90. Call 401.861.4445.


To apply to the 2022 ScriptBiz™ workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application below:

For information, please contact RIIFF at info@film-festival.org, or call the Festival Office at 401/861-4445.




ScriptBiz™ Program: The 2022 Schedule

Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.

Duncan Putney, RIIFF Advisory Board


Location: The Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Square, Providence, RI
Programming Begins at 10:00 a.m. Doors Open at 9:30 a.m,


10:00 a.m.

Welcome to ScriptBiz / What are you working on?

Shawn Quirk, Flickers Program Director, will welcome attendees and begin a conversation with those in attendance. Attendees will share with each other a bit about their areas of expertise and the projects they are currently working on.


10:15 a.m.

The Art of The Pitch

Exploring the ever evolving methods of pitching ones work within the industry.

A Conversation with Chris Sparling, Writer,"Buried" (2010), "Greenland" (2020), Greenland Migration (2023).


11:15 a.m.

From Script to Screen

Steps To Consider Once Your Script is Finished

Screenwriters: Daniel Talbot, Khara Campbell


12:00 p.m. (NOON)



12:30 p.m.

Writing For Your Budget

Strategies Of Writing A Script That Can Be Easily Produced
Thomas Huang, director


1:15 p.m.

Actors as Writers

An Actor's Journey on Screeenwriting

What Festival Programmers Look For In A Film

Michael Cuomo, Actor/Writer; Duncan Putney, Actor/Writer/Director


2:30 p.m.

What Does Your Future Hold?

Writing With The Visual Language In Mind

Open Discussion




Who's Who at ScriptBiz 2022:


ChrisChris Sparling

Chris Sparling wrote the 2010 film BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Chris Sparling wrote the 2010 film BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. THE SEA OF TREES, which he wrote and produced -- starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gus Van Sant -- was nominated for the Palm d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was released by A24. After adapting the novel DOWN A DARK HALL for Lionsgate Films, Chris wrote and produced the film THE DESPERATE HOUR, starring Naomi Watts and directed by Phillip Noyce, and the Netflix original film INTRUSION, starring Frieda Pinto. He wrote and directed the Netflix film MERCY, as well as the supernatural thriller THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE. He most recently wrote the blockbuster hit GREENLAND, starring Gerard Butler, with its sequel, GREENLAND: MIGRATION, scheduled to begin production in 2023.



reshadReshad Kulenovic, MFA

Program Co-Director

Reshad Kulenovic is a writer/director based in Rhode Island and New York. He has worked in the production department of numerous films and TV shows, including THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS and in the camera department for the Newport Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Fellowship and the University of Rhode Island gave him the first ever President's Award for Excellence in Film. For his short film SNOVI he became one of the first artists to be funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Another producer of SNOVI was the Centre Andre Malraux Sarajevo, which also produced Jean-Luc Godard's NOTRE MUSIQUE. SNOVI has played 20 international film festivals and was awarded a Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival. SNOVI was nominated for a 2011 Student Academy Award.


Reshad was a 2011-2012 RISCA Film Fellow, writing his follow up film while teaching in the Film Media program at the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.


For more information got to: www.snovifilm.com


S.OberackerJ. Scott Oberacker, Ph.D.

Educational Outreach Director

Scott has recently joined as Flickers' Educational Outreach Director, where he works to develop and maintain the festivals’ educational outreach programs as well as aids in the selection and adjudication of the festival’s films. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has worked as a film scholar and teacher for many years. His writing on film has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and he is currently co-editing a book on the television series, Friday Night Lights. Most recently, Scott taught film and media courses at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he also helped to coordinate the Roving Eye Film Festival and the Tournées French Film Festival, in conjunction with RIIFF. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.


shawnShawn Quirk, MFA

Program Co-Director

Shawn is an independent filmmaker, artist and scholar who has directed a number of short films and short documentaries. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Boston University, he worked for two years as an English assistant in France at the Cité Scolaire Vauban in Givet. During his time abroad he became involved with a number of film productions in both Belgium and France, which included camera work for the two time Palme d'or winning Dardennes Brothers on their most recent film "The Kid with the Bike." Shawn became a part of the Flickers team in the Fall of 2011, and is now the Program Director for Flickers and oversees the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Vortex, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival. As a filmmaker and noted editor in his own right, Shawn's goal is to help discover the next generation of auteurs, the new voices of independent cinema. Shawn recently completed his MFA at Lesley University. To email Shawn: click here.


Program Organizers for 2022:

Andrew Lund

Dr. J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk



George T. Marshall

Duncan Putney



Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

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