HIFF’s Screenwriters Lab

The Hamptons International Film Festival presents its 18th annual Screenwriters Lab this weekend in East Hampton and Sag Harbor. This Friday through Sunday, the lab pairs rising screenwriters with established screenwriters, directors, and producers for one-on-one mentoring sessions.

“We make it a priority to support new writers in establishing their careers with the guidance of experienced storytellers from the industry,” said David Nugent, artistic director of HIFF. “We are thrilled to once again guide fresh voices and continue to diversify the narratives coming to the screen every year. We are even more proud that for the first time ever we have three female screenwriters who will participate in the lab.”

The three selected screenplays for 2018 are Esra Saydam’s The Mesopotamian, Anu Valia’s We Strangers, and Aemilia Scott’s Birthday Suit. This year, all of the selected lab participants are women.

The lab’s mentors include Golden Globe nominee Sabrina Dhawan, screenwriter of Monsoon Wedding, James V. Hart, screenwriter of Hook, Bram Stocker’s Dracula, Epic, Contact, and August Rush, and Academy Award nominee Alec Sokolow, screenwriter of Toy Story, Cheaper by the Dozen, Garfield, Goodbye Lover, and I Am Jane Doe.

Hart will lead this year’s screenwriting master class, which is open to the public. The class will be held at 6 PM on Saturday at the Ross School in East Hampton. He will use his HartChart, a story mapping tool for writers. Guests can expect clips and personal experience to detail all that goes into writing a script for every audience demographic.

For more info, visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.