Screenwriters Lab



A festival favorite, highlights of the lab include an opening session with the host
followed by a live table read of their latest work.

The 2018 Screenwriters Lab returns to SVFF!

Past hosts and mentors have included Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan [Traffic], Academy Award winner David Seidler [The King’s Speech], Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash [The Descendants], Academy Award nominees Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten [Dallas Buyers Club], Will McCormack [Toy Story 4], Chris Moore [Project Greenlight] and filmmaking legend Mark Duplass [Togetherness]. During the Screenwriters Lab, these dynamos discuss their careers, present their latest work during a live table read, and take questions from the audience.

The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The High Scribe winner is announced during the lab and a scene from their script is brought to life with professional actors. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year.


The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival. The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.



Peter Cambor // Hannah Pittard - Listen to Me

After Maggie is brutally attacked blocks from her home on Chicago's north side, she and her husband Mark embark on a road trip to visit family in rural Virginia. A violent storm engulfs their route, and the couple encounters a series of dangerous obstacles that test their understanding of marriage and identity, and that suggest a world of evil forces formerly unknown to them.

SB Edwards - Nowhere

A woman attempts to clear her twin brother's name when he becomes the focus of a homicide investigation, only to discover he is tied to a string of unsolved murders

Hank Isaac - Kyla's War

Kyla's War is set in occupied Poland during the early days of WWII where a brave and often foolish twelve-year-old girl is the pampered pig-tailed daughter of a respected surgeon by day and, by night, a ruthless Resistance fighter who is quickly becoming the scourge of the Third Reich.


Taylor Williams - Punches

Haroula Rose - Once Upon A River