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.


Sun 3 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – About Alex with Jesse Zwick
after 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with writer/director Jesse Zwick begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 96 minutes), moderated by Ian Deitchman. Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 10 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – If I Stay with Shauna Cross
after 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with screenwriter Shauna Cross begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 107 minutes), moderated by If I Stay novelist Gayle Forman. Guild membership card required for entry.
Wed 13 
2014 Voice Awards
6 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. ceremony – UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Westwood 90095. Dessert reception follows. Free to WGA members and their guests. Email by Fri., 8/8: Barbara Demming Lurie. The Career Achievement Award will be presented to Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), with honors also going to Elementary, Mike & Molly, Mom, Nashville, and features Frankie & Alice, Short Term 12, and The Spectacular Now. The Voice Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA, WGAW, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, and national organizations, recognize industry creatives who have contributed to the public's understanding of behavioral health through their productions, as well as spotlights local, community heroes. Free lot parking.

Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee encourages African-American writers to become more active within the Guild and to raise the profile and perception of African-American writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. All WGA and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Fri 15 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Love is Strange with Ira Sachs
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with co-writer/director Ira Sachs begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 98 minutes), moderated by Valerie Alexander. Guild membership card required for entry. This screening co-sponsored by WGAW Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee.
Tues 19 
GENRE SMASH! Guardians of the Galaxy with Nicole Perlman
7-8 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Tickets: wgfoundation.org. These days, not many superhero movies feature women in leading roles – and even fewer have women as writers or directors. That puts Nicole Perlman in very unique position as the only female credited screenwriter (co-written with writer/director James Gunn) on Marvel Studios's unique and ambitious series of cinematic cape operas. Join the Writers Guild Foundation as we chat with Nicole about her pioneer status, and what it's like to write dialogue for a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree who can only say three words.
Wed 20 
Sublime Primetime* – Emmy nominee panel
7:30-9 p.m. – Arclight Theater 10, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Celebrate this season’s excellence in television with Emmy award-nominated writers (subject to availability): Alec Berg (Silicon Valley), Liz Friedman (Orange is the New Black), Michael Jann (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Eric Overmyer (Treme), Holly Schlesinger (Bob’s Burgers). Additional panelists and host to be announced. Co-presented by WGAW and Writers Guild Foundation. Tickets not sold through ArcLight Cinemas. Event parking $4 for four hours.
Th 21 
Meeting: Videogame Writers Caucus Steering Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW. RSVP: Videogames. The Videogame Steering Committee is a committee of videogame writers who are working to improve standards in the gaming industry – fair pay, writing credits, portable healthcare and pension, format standards, and more! This group meets monthly to plan and develop strategies to ensure videogame writers get what they deserve. Open to Videogame Writers Caucus members only.
Sun 24 
Call for Submissions: "LOL (Ladies Of Laughter)" Showrunner Meet & Greet
8/24 – Submission deadline. Female WGA and Caucus members in active status only, send WGAW-registered PDF script to Diversity Dept. Call (323) 782-4589 to ask for the submission email. Writer(s) name should not appear anywhere on script, only in text of email. WGAW's Committee of Women Writers is looking for submissions for its "LOL (Ladies of Laughter)" event. Selected candidates will have opportunity to meet top episodic comedy showrunners in an evening of “speed-dating” (date TBD). To be considered, Guild members please submit one half-hour comedy spec or pilot. You may only submit one script. If team-written, one writer must be a female WGA active member. Teams of more than two writers will not be considered. Again, script must be WGAW-registered.
Tues 26 
Meeting: Committee of Women Writers
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee works to enhance the opportunities, advance the careers, and highlight the accomplishments of women in the Guild, to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television, and radio. The group sponsors events designed to increase knowledge of the craft and the marketplace. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 27 
Animation Writers Caucus Schmooze
7-9 p.m. – Hugo’s, 8401 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90069. RSVP: Animation. Network with fellow animation writers at this monthly event. Guest speaker: TBD. Open to Animation Writers Caucus members, guests, and other industry professionals. Please bring cash to cover your portion of the bill.


Wed 3 
2014 Candidates Night
6-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Current members in good standing only. RSVP by Friday, 8/29: CommEvents or (323) 782-4602. 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 
Screening+Q&A: Josh aka Against The Grain
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 screening with writer/director/producer and WGAW member, Iram Parveen Bilal. Winner of 2012 Women in Film Finishing Fund. This evening co-presented by WGAW’s Asian American Writers and Women Writers committees.
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 20 
Writers Salon 2014 – Mark your calendars!
2-5 p.m. – Venue TBA, not yet taking RSVPs. 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 will 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. Details for RSVPs posted after 8/25. Please check back!


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