Screenwriters can make a career out of submitting their screenplays to screenwriting competitions, festivals, workshops, and labs. $35 here $55 there, over and over, year after year—with little more than a folder full of rejections, a hurting bank account, and a battered ego to show for it. It can be a demoralizing process and can leave the most dedicated screenwriter feeling helpless.
What is the independent screenwriter to do? Well, that is an excellent and not-easily answered question. Join us for a moderated conversation between screenwriter Shelley Gustavson (whose screenplays are consistently recognized by Sundance, Austin, and the Nicoll competitions) and Scott Myers (professor of screenwriting at DePaul and host of GoIntoTheStory.com, the official screenwriting blog of the Black List) that will explore when and if to submit, what to look for when submitting, how to use screenplay competitions and festivals to your benefit, and when, if ever, to let go of a script and move on to a new idea.