ScriptDC is the premier conference for Mid-Atlantic writers, directors, producers and talent to connect with accomplished teachers, consultants and  industry professionals. The 2017 conference will be November 17-19, 2017 at American University.

This year we will have a special focus on independent filmmaking in China.  As one of the largest viewing audiences in the world we want to equip regional filmmakers with strategies for having their films reach that audience!  Screenings will feature independent Chinese features.

Our preliminary schedule is available here.  We will be continuing to confirm speakers throughout the summer and will share updates!  Master classes concentrate on directing, writing for limited series, financing/distribution/marketing, universal storytelling and the feminine heroic journey, and writing for animation.  We will have a series of workshops for emerging writers as well.  The Directing Master Class is limited to 12 directors.

What is Included in Your Registration?

Friday night features a special presentation by Michael Uslan and David Uslan sharing their insights of working in China followed by a film to be announced soon!  Joan Darling’s Directing Master Class gets underway Friday evening.

Saturday is a full day of workshops and master classes with Joan Darling, Dara Marks, Diana Kerew, Laurie Scheer, Michelle Mower, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, Michael Uslan, David Uslan, and others.  The evening will feature a special reception, awards program, and film screening.

Pitch and script critiques will be on Sunday and we will have a third Chinese independently-produced film to screen.  32 attendees will each have 5 minutes to pitch their scripts to producers and receive a 10-minute critique. There are 28 slots available for script critiques. The first 5 pages of your script will be read by actors. Don’t have 5 pages ready to go?  Sign up to be in the audience and learn from the experiences of others.

Diana Kerew will meet one-on-one with 6 writers to do in-depth reviews of their work. Deadline to register is October 13, 2017. Submit your script to



Here’s what I know about ScriptDC: I won’t miss it ever again!  ScriptDC is on my list of development opportunities permanently.”  Jen Whiting

I figured out how to sell my screenplay.  A great learning experience!!!” Brian Streaty

I am always amazed at how you gather such high-quality presenters and create such a warm, welcoming atmosphere for everyone from beginners to the very experienced.”  Shoshana Rosenbaum

I had such a fun time this weekend being a panelist.  Thank you for organizing a great event and including me on the panels.  It was like being on American Idol for screenplay writers.”  Jonathan Stein

Thank you for putting on such a wonderfully helpful conference…Hearing Joan Darling comment on my screenplay is one of the highlights of my life.  Thank you for making that possible.”  Renee Tynan

You make a big difference in many people’s lives, I just wanted you to know that we thank you and appreciate you.  Again, I can’t thank you enough.”  Maureen Sasscer


ScriptDC 2017 is funded in part by the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & EntertainmentInterface Media Group, The Maryland Film OfficeThe Actors’ CenterFilm & Media Arts/School of Communications American University, and the Gem Star Foundation.