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It's Our 15th Year:

2014 ScriptBiz UNBOUND

Friday, August 8th: Exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring



2014 Hard Copy Application Form, click here

2014 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:

$85 for the day-long program


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LOCATION: The Rhode Island Foundation

1 Union Street #6, Providence RI 02903 • t. 401.274.4564

Includes lunch, tickets to our evening performances and a special screening

at 3:30 p.m. at the Paff Theatre, University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus, Providence, RI , followed by a filmmaker Q&A.



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


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


For more information on 2014 ScriptBiz Unbound, call the RIIFF offices at (401) 861-4445.


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

creative and business skills

Trying 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 15th Annual ScriptBiz program!


For an entry fee of only $85, 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 8th, in downtown Providence, RI. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ending with a workshop by a noted visiting filmmaker (TBA)


Again, the fee is $85. Call 401.861.4445.


To apply to the 2014 ScriptBiz™ workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application below:

2014 Application Form, click here to download

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

ScriptBiz™ 2014 Evolving Schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration 


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Idea Generating and Story Building: Create Your Writing Territories

with Bill Torgerson.

This will be a listing and sharing session where participants will generate lists and engage in conversation with other writers and filmmakers about their ideas and how stories work


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Writing the Script (Panel 1)

guests TBA

• Bill Torgerson, moderator


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Time to Write.

Gather your thoughts on paper or a laptop. Try a summary, the first pages, an outline, or a logline with the idea that you are going to share with others.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

“The Business of Scriptwriting”

guests TBA

• Bill Torgerson, moderator


2:30 p.m.

The Art of Directing: Moving Beyond the Script

Canadian Filmmaker Patricia Chica will illustrate how to direct actors.


4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Please Note: Accepted filmmakers can sign up for free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.


REFUNDS: Refunds, minus a $40 office fee, will be available until July 19, 2014. After that date NO REFUNDS will be made. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Who WAS Who at ScriptBiz 2013: (the 2014 list TBA)


MichaelMichael Altman (Director) has been steeped in the mystique and machinations of legendary director Robert Altman since the day he was conceived. The eldest of Altman’s sons among five siblings, he had his first success at age 14 writing the lyrics to “Suicide Is Painless,” the much-loved theme song to the smash hit, M.A.S.H., directed by his dad.


Michael worked as an apprentice editor, assistant editor, technical supervisor and then as a post-production supervisor on such films as A Wedding, O.C. and Stiggs, Fool for Love, Kansas City and Dr. T & the Women, directed by his father. He then devised, built and operated unique location projection and post production equipment, which was used during the production of Steven Spielberg’s Amistad and The Lost World, Frank Darabont’s The Majestic, John McTiernan’s The 13th Warrior, Andrew Davis' Collateral Damage and numerous additional films with Robert Altman. Among his credits are Herbie Fully Loaded, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy as well as David Lynch’s groundbreaking feature film, Twin Peaks.


In 1975, he opened a publishing company and wrote several books, Including The Moonshiners’ Manual, under the pseudonym, Michael Barleycorn, and an unpublished biography of his father. With his next venture, Not Long Productions, (with brother Bobby and actor Dick York) the company wrote, produced and directed nine original short films with music for then-fledgling cable companies such as HBO and Showtime. In Seattle, he founded Mobile Post, providing location editorial and post production services, which merged with Seattle's famous Cutter’s Way, a negative cutting and editorial facility. Among his other ventures, was Altman Gessert Entertainment (AGE) in partnership with editor Phil Gessert, a feature film development and production company. From 2000-2003 he conspired with inventor Paul Darbee (developer of the Universal Remote) to launch Darbee Labs, LLC., marketing a revolutionary digital imaging technology which brought increased and stunning depth and enhanced texture to digital images for film. This process was used on a number of commercials and feature films including several of his father’s films including the Academy Award winning masterpiece, Gosford Park, and the digitally filmed The Company.


Michael has worked with all of the major studios and many of the industry’s finest filmmakers. Just prior to directing EXIT 10, he worked as an engineer and technician on 3D and HD projects in the sound department at Universal Studios.


ATCAlfred Thomas Catalfo is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor and attorney. His feature script Betrayed is the Grand Prize Winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. He has been a winner or finalist in 23 major screenwriting competitions with four different feature scripts, including the Nantucket Film Festival Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Showtime in which he wrote two of the three finalist scripts in a blind competition, an unprecedented achievement. In 2006, he wrote, produced and directed The Norman Rockwell Code, a 35-minute, Web-based spoof of The Da Vinci Code that was featured on The Must List ("Ten Things We Love This Week") in Entertainment Weekly and had more than one million online hits in three months. The Library of Congress selected The Norman Rockwell Code for inclusion in its Film Collection which features works by American filmmakers chosen on the basis of their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance. Catalfo's film Bighorn is a 15-minute, supernatural historical fantasy that was the subject of full-page stories in the Boston Herald and New York Daily News, and winner of the 2011 Online New England Film Festival. His latest film, Rocketship, is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is formed between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey. Rocketship is an Official Selection of the 2013 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival. His website is www.catalfo.com


Jeffrey De ChausseJeffrey De Chausse, Writer & Director

Born June 16, 1969 Vicenza, Italy Jeffrey grew up in Detroit with a French gypsy mother and an American father. His father ran a TV station and his mother worked in wardrobe at the Detroit Opera house. He spent his summers in France working with his family in the carnival traveling from small town to small town. These days he travels the world shooting documentaries, films and commercials. But before starting his directing career Jeffrey was an award winning advertising creative for agencies worldwide. Since 2004 he has done work for Apple, Visa, Lexus, Toyota and many others from start ups to fortune 500 companies. In 2006 he was selected by BOARDS magazine as a director to watch. He is a passionate filmmaker with a love of strong images and emotional storytelling. In the past eight years he has directed over a hundred commercials and has completed four short films including SPERFECT, ESPERAME, MUSEUM FOR THE PEOPLE and just recently ANNIVERSARIO. He also has an up coming feature documentary filmed in Detroit called AMERICAN AUTO - a story of an used car salesman trying to make an honest living as the city of Detroit collapses around him. The documentary will be coming out end of 2013. His short films have also won and played at various festivals all over the world. His advertising work has won gold, silver and bronze awards at such venues at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, the New York One Club, the Clios, the British Design and Art Directors Club. He has been guided and mentored by Judy Hoffman, Albert Maysles and Wim Wenders. He is a member of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Reykjavik Int'l Film Festival Talent Lab and the Directors Guild of America. He currently lives in Los Angeles. He spends his time between working, family and dreaming.


patriciaRaised in Montreal, Canada, Patricia Chica is a 30-time award-winning director who specializes in psychological dramas, thrillers and edgy documentaries.


Patricia was one the first Canadian and Quebecois filmmakers to have her own dot com back in an era when only corporations used websites to promote their services or products. She has a genuine interest in exploring the relationship that exists between her work and her audience by using interactive tools to promote and distribute her films. Since the past 10 years, Patricia has build a loyal cult following online by sharing her life and filmmaking adventures around the world in real time (or almost!) through social media.


Patricia's previous acclaimed films include Day Before Yesterday (2010) and The Promise (2000) which were both winners at the RIIFF. She also co-directed the award-winning feature documentary Rockabilly 514 (aired on Bravo! Canada, Canal D as well as in the US and Europe). Her new award-winning film Ceramic Tango (2013) was launched at the Cannes Film Festival and has been programmed on opening night at the RIIFF and a many other film festivals around the world. This is Patricia's third visit to Rhode Island.


Patricia Chica's work has been presented and/or awarded at over 75 international film festivals, theatres, art centers, universities and on television around the world. Canada, the USA, Mexico and El Salvador have presented retrospectives of her short films. She is presently preparing her first fiction feature film.


Andrew Lund, a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer, Andrew is an Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute; he is also a faculty member of the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he received J.D., M.F.A. and B.A. degrees. Brief Reunion, a feature film that Andrew produced and co-edited, won the top prize for narrative filmmaking at the 2011 UFVA conference and the Audience Award for Best Film at New York’s 2011 Gotham International Film Festival. My Last Day Without You, on which Andrew served as executive producer, recently won the top producing honors at the 2011 Brooklyn International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in Europe this fall. Andrew is the Executive Producer of nine feature films, including The Hungry Ghosts, written and directed by Michael Imperioli; Vanaja, named by Roger Ebert as one of the top five foreign films of 2007, and Arranged, an international hit that Variety called “a pure pleasure to watch” Andrew has also written and directed five award winning short films. In addition to worldwide festival screenings and television broadcasts, his shorts are included in film textbooks, DVD compilations, and distributed theatrically and non-theatrically. Andrew founded and curates CinemaTalks, the independent film screening and discussion series, and he created the Short Film Repository, which houses educational extras that support short filmmaking. Andrew’s writing on film includes an essay, “What’s a Short Film, Really?” in “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution” by Sharon Badal, numerous book reviews for the journal, Film International, and two books on independent filmmaking in the works for Peter Lang Publishers.


You can learn more about Andrew on his website: http://andrewlundfilms.com/.


GiGiGiGi New is a film and television writer. She has written over a dozen scripts, been staffed on sitcoms. A finalist for The Disney Fellowship, she began her career as an assistant on Everybody Loves Raymond, and moved on to writing for the award winning Nickelodeon family series The Brothers Garcia. She has since worked for Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gilmore Girls), Wally Wallodarsky, and Maya Forbes (The Larry Sanders Show) on the FOX series The Ortega’s. GiGi’s original TV show ideas, It’s Relative and Broke Mates have been pitched to networks.


She has also developed numerous features for several studios and independent producers, among them: Aqua Entertainment, Gunn Films, The Walt Disney Company, Maya Entertainment, Avalanche Entertainment, and Underground Films.


Currently she has a feature script (Charmed and Dangerous) in development with Rubicon Entertainment, which is scheduled to film spring of 2014.


crichmondChris Richmond first entered the film industry as an extra (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Judge Dredd, First Knight, Sense and Sensibility). Having found his vocation, he started working in production at Premier Films, a London based feature film animation company. He honed his skills before setting up Atticus Finch Ltd, an award-winning creative production agency specializing in brands, animation and emerging media. Scout Films has been created as a sister company to produce high quality drama, documentaries and features. Drone Strike is Chris Richmond’s debut as a drama director and screenwriter.


Drone Strike won the Grand Prize for Best Short Film at this year's Festival. The film became the RIIFF Academy nomination for 2013.


nickNick Sadler, Writer/Director/Producer/Actor As an actor, Nick has appeared in films such as True Grit, Scent of A Woman, Disclosure, Fair Game, and Mobsters. He’s participated in The Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of The Juilliard School.


His first short film, Jesus Tells A Joke, which he wrote, directed and produced premiered at The Hamptons Film Festival and went on to screen at Slamdance and festivals worldwide. The film was selected to be included in the Canal + Documentary The History of Jesus in Cinema. He’s a Producer and Creative Consultant of the Ray Romano HBO documentary 95 Miles To Go. Nick is currently in preproduction with Todd Field (Academy Award Nominated Writer/Director/Producer of In The Bedroom and Little Children) with his feature film amateur fools.


In addition, he is presently filming BEYOND SCARS - a feature length documentary about male breast cancer, as well as producing with Ann Marie Sanderlin (Freaky Friday, Bedtime Stories) an adaptation of National Book and Caldecott Award Winning author Katherine Paterson's Angels & Other Stories.


rachelRachel J. Smith was named the winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival's "Spotlight on Rhode Island" competition for her moving screenplay, Fix You Up. Smith, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island's Class of 2006 that now lives in London to pursue her career, wrote Fix You Up about a doctor obsessed with her work. This is the second year for the festival’s “Spotlight on Rhode Island’’ contest, which invites screenwriters in the United States and throughout the world to submit scripts set in Little Rhody. Raised in Hope Village in Scituate, Smith wrote her first play when she was 7 years old and got hooked on filmmaking after watching the iconic Woody Allen film Annie Hall. She graduated from URI with a double major in creative writing and film studies and went on to get her master’s degree in screenwriting in 2011 at the London Film School, where she worked on Fix You Up.


billtWilliam J. Torgerson is an assistant professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John's University in New York. His adaptation of Love on the Big Screen was awarded the Grand Prize in the Flickers Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. In addition to novels and screenplays, William writes short stories and articles on teaching and writing, and his work has appeared most recently in the University of Maryland's Sakura, Old Dominion University's Barely South Review, and NYU's interdisciplinary journal Anamesa.


You can learn more about William on his website at TheTorg.com.


Program Organizers for 2014:

William J. Torgerson, Program Director

Dr. J. Scott Oberacker



George T. Marshall

Duncan Putney

Shawn Quirk


2014 Hard Copy Application Form, click here to download




Eventbrite - ScriptBiz 2013 Rewired 


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