Friday, March 6th, 3pm, nexStage Theatre

Presented by SVFF and Boise State University


Screenwriters Lab Hosts – Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the Academy Award ®-winning writers of The Descendants and 2014’s comedy, The Way Way Back, will host the Screenwriters Lab, to discuss their careers, give insight into the process of screenwriting, and share some of their latest work.

High Scribe Competition

The Screenwriters Lab, one of the many highlights of the film festival is now accepting submissions for The High Scribe screenplay competition, which gives finalists, among other things, an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The 2015 High Scribe judge and mentor will be film, television and stage actor, Will McCormack.The High Scribe winner will be announced during the lab on Friday, March 6th, 2015 and a scene from their script will be brought to life. Full details regarding submission requirements, deadlines and more can be found here

One Potato Short Screenplay Competition

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit an original short screenplay to SVFF’s ONE POTATO; a short film screenplay competition.  The winning short script will be announced during the Festival.  The winner will receive a $2500 stipend to bring the short film to life. As the producing partner on the film, SVFF will connect the winner with seasoned filmmaker participants, consultants, and production resources.  This lab’s function is to develop, encourage, and guide emerging creative voices in Idaho, and give them rare access to, and education from, seasoned filmmakers. More details here


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High Scribe Mentor – Will McCormack

Will McCormack will be our High Scribe Mentor 2015 and offer private meeting with our top three finalists of the High Scribe Competition.

Will McCormack received an Independent Spirit Nomination for Best First Screenplay for the film Celeste and Jesse Forever. It was co-written with his writing and producing partner, Rashida Jones. The two are currently writing Toy Story 4 for Pixar Animation Studios. His production company, Le Train Train, partnered with Warner Brothers Television, produced this year’s A to Z on NBC from writer and creator Ben Queen.  He and Jones are producing Ol Parker’s (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) television show for ABC and Melisa Wallack’s (Dallas Buyer’s Club) new film. As an actor Will has appeared in numerous plays and movies and television shows including The Sopranos, Brothers and Sisters and Celeste and Jesse Forever