WGAW Calendar: 2014

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The new GUILD SCREENINGS is now free to all WGAW members in Active status. See this month's schedule.

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COLCOA 2015 dates announced!
Aimez-vous le film français? The annual City of Lights City of Angels (COLCOA) French language film festival, co-presented by the WGAW, announces its 2015 dates. Mark your calendars for April 20 through April 28, 2015 (Opening Night by FACF Partners invitation only). Week-long screenings free to WGA members and guest with access code. Check back March 2015!
2014 IDA Documentary Screening Series – Registration open!
The International Documentary Association’s (IDA) annual Documentary Screening Series presents some of the year’s best documentary films to members of industry guilds and organizations, and the IDA community. A Q&A with filmmakers follows each screening. Priority seating given to guild members. WGA members register online to receive direct invitations.


Tues 2 
Meeting: Latino Writers Committee
7:30–9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee actively represents the professional, creative, social and economic interests of Latino Guild members. Its mandate is to encourage Latino writers to become more active within the Guild; and to raise the profile and perception of Latino writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 3 
2014 Candidates Night
6-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Current members in good standing only: no guests. Questions: CommEvents. Meet your 2014 Writers Guild of America, West Board candidates as they share their priorities and goals for the guild and answer your questions. 6:00 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. Candidate Statements and Q&A.
Tues 9 
Josh – Screening+Q&A with Iram Parveen Bilal
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status and guest, RSVP: Diversity with “Josh” as Subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Inspired by true events, Josh is the story of Fatima’s search for a dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village and a social commentary on modern day Pakistan. Q&A follows with writer/director/producer and AAWC co-chair, Iram Parveen Bilal. Winner of 2012 Women in Film Finishing Fund. Co-presented by WGAW’s Asian American Writers (AAWC) and Women Writers committees.
Wed 10 
Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 4B. Info: (323) 782-4589. Formerly the Age Awareness Committee, the mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace. WGAW and Caucus members in active status of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Th 11 
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide "working knowledge for writers" and invite you to contribute your ideas. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Sat 13 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Skeleton Twins with Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman
after 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with writer/director Craig Johnson and writer Mark Heyman begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 92 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 14 
Opening Night Reception US-China Film & Television Industry Expo
6:30-8:30 p.m. – JW Marriott L.A LIVE, Gold Ballroom, 900 W Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles 90015. Limited tickets available for WGA members. Click here to RSVP. For the very first time UCFTI Expo is bringing leaders from both China and the United States together to forge industry partnerships, help create jobs in entertainment and support a platform to develop relationships. WGAW members are invited to attend the Opening Night Reception, but space is limited on first come, first served basis. Supported by the WGAW’s Foreign Employment Task Force.

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Drop with Dennis Lehane
after 8 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with author/screenwriter Dennis Lehane begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 106 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 15 
US-China Film & Television Industry Expo
9/15-9/16 – Los Angeles Convention Center. WGA members, use code 14WGAE for 50% discount on registration through 9/12/14 by clicking here. Industry Leaders from China and the United States are coming together at the UCFTI Expo for the first time. Share ideas and concepts with producers from a growing market. Build relationships and develop new partnerships towards future guild-covered employment. Meet with potential investors and partners looking for opportunities in both China and the United States. Attend panels and meet speakers who will share industry insights and expertise. For more information on UCFTI Expo, click here. Supported by the WGAW’s Foreign Employment Task Force.
Tues 16 
Genre Smash! with Amy Berg*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Join the Writers Guild Foundation as they host Amy Berg, the television writer (Person of Interest, Eureka, The 4400) with a devoted following among “geek girls” – female writers and fans of genre fiction. In her 15 years in the industry, Berg has garnered nearly 20,000 Twitter followers and a long series of appearances at writing conferences and fan conventions. Currently she is co-writing and co-producing the web series Caper for Geek and Sundry.

Meeting: Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The GLWC seeks to provide a resource to writers portraying lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in their work, nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation affects the lives of writers, provide networking/social activities, create a greater Guild awareness of sexual orientation as a minority, articulate instances of industry homophobia and/or discrimination, and encourage all LGBT members to become more active with the Guild. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Th 18 
East Los High original series – pre-release Screening + Q&A
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status and guest, RSVP: Diversity with “East Los High” as Subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. East Los High is a successful Hulu series in its second season, with a writing staff of all Latino/Latina guild writers. Join the WGAW Latino Writers Committee for a screening and evening discussion on the show’s development and process, as well as the importance of the show for its writers.
Sat 20 
Writers Salon 2014 – RSVPs now OPEN!
2-5 p.m. – Active guild members only. To view speaker names and RSVP, attendees must review and agree to Event Rules. A Writers Education Committee favorite returns! Head back-to-school for an afternoon as a student. At a local high school, with class sizes no larger than 30 member peers, esteemed show creators/writers share their experiences, answer questions and set their own agendas. No Panels. No Moderators. Just one-on-one conversations. Free for WGA members in active status only. No guests. Speakers (subject to change) include Mara Brock Akil, Moira Walley-Beckett, Alexandra Cunningham, Eileen Heisler, Liz Heldens, I. Marlene King, Marti Noxon, K.J. Steinberg and Liz Tigelaar. Limited space; RSVP now!
Mon 22 
Meeting: American Indian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This Committee represents the professional and creative interests of American Indian writers. It works to mentor, encourage, empower and increase the visibility and employment of writers of American Indian heritage, and serves as a cultural and educational resource for all Guild member-writers seeking to portray American Indians in their work. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.

WGAW Story Hour
Deadline 9/22. Questions: Activities. Note: This webform cannot accept attachments, so please email first to make connection. Members in active status only, submit your 5-minute piece for consideration to be presented before a live audience at a Hollywood venue this fall. Theme: "Firsts". See Facebook page for more Activities Committee information. Presented by the WGAW Activities Committee.
Tues 23 
WGF: Writers on Writing with Jason Katims*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Realistic, relatable characters are the hallmark of every Jason Katims-produced drama – shows like Parenthood, Friday Night Lights and About A Boy. Jason joins the Writers Guild Foundation for a night of conversation about how he creates such compelling and engaging shows.
Fri 26 
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Tues 30 
Let Them Eat Cake – Screening + Q&A with Alexis Krasilovsky
7– 10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status and guest, RSVP: Diversity with “Let Them Eat Cake” as Subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. Not your typical documentary, Let Them Eat Cake is a poetic essay journeying through twelve countries, exploring the contrast between pastry making and consumption around the world. In some regions, those who farm the pastry ingredients can’t afford to buy them; in Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles, lavish pastries adorn the shelves of street-side shops. Written and directed by award-winning director Alexis Krasilovsky, member of both WGAW’s Writers with Disabilities and Career Longevity committees (both committees co-presenting the evening).


Mon 13 
10/13-10/16 – Cannes, France. Click here to register. WGAW members are invited to attend the largest gathering of content creators, producers, buyers and executives in the world at MIPCOM. Network and promote yourself to global producers and potential partners. Get on top of global trends and understand what motivates the world’s most successful broadcast and film executives. Attend exclusive world premiere screenings. Be inspired by cutting edge thinkers who will share the secrets of their success. Leverage your Guild membership and be included in the WGAW “pavilion” – a meeting point for your contacts. WGAW members attending for the first time are able to register and attend at discounted rate of €670. Click for more information on MIPCOM. Supported by WGAW’s Foreign Employment Task Force.
Th 23 
Austin Film Festival & Conference
10/23-10/26 Conference (Festival runs thru 10/30) – Austin, TX. Info/registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established filmmakers, with a refreshing emphasis on the Writer. Guild members encouraged to attend Thursday’s (10/23) WGAW Late Night Welcome Party at Crave Restaurant, host: Susannah Grant. If you are a member without a conference badge, RSVP by 10/17: Independent Film to be included on our WGAW party list. On Friday 10/25, badged attendees only are invited to “Screenwriters Agreements: What to Keep In and What to Leave Out” and “The Creative Career: What You Need to Know” with WGAW writers Christine Boylan, Wendy Calhoun, Mike Million, and Scott Neustadter; moderator: Eric Heisserer. WGAW questions: (323) 782-4731.


*Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.