First Feature Script to Screen

27th September 2011

The IPSG is pleased to annouce a half-day seminar called First Feature Script to Screen, organised in conjunction with FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the IADT.

It will take place on Monday 24th October 2011 in Dublin (location TBC).

Participant Profile

This free seminar is aimed at screenwriters seeking to enhance their understanding of the process of getting a feature script produced.

Course Profile

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, FÁS Screen Training Ireland and IADT present a seminar for writers focusing on the development of first features from script to screen.

This seminar will explore the various methods through which writers have had their first features produced. The journey from script to screen can be long and difficult; writers will describe the different ways in which they have successfully navigated the development process.

The seminar will cover the following:

  • In the Beginning – brief summary of the kind of stories and genres each writer has written; what stage of development their scripts had reached
  • Creative realisation – how to find creative mentors, script-editors, a producer, a director
  • Collaboration – what’s the ideal amount of collaboration on a script? Who to collaborate with and when? Considerations involved in co-writing
  • Where to send your draft – understanding the market – audience, production companies, distributors
  • Developing multiple projects
  • Negotiating and signing contracts, redrafts, polishes, payments
  • Funding – the various avenues for funding, pros and cons, control of work, implications etc.
  • Overall pros & cons of funding options – of low-budget/catalyst/no budget!/ development & shoot time etc
  • The writer’s involvement in the whole process and their ultimate satisfaction or otherwise with the finished film
  • Regrets I’ve Had a Few – three bits of advice to writers of first features
  • Q & A – from the audience

Speaker Profiles

Terry McMahon – writer-director-producer, Charlie Casanova
Ciaran Creagh – writer, Parked
Lauren Mackenzie – writer, The Daisy Chain
Conor Horgan – writer-director, One Hundred Mornings
David Keating (Chair) – director, The Wake Wood, Last of the High Kings
*other speakers TBC


Apply online at

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th October 2011.

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