American Screenwriters Association Announces New International Conference in Sydney

`Selling to Hollywood Down Under' a Joint Enterprise with

Australian Film and Television

Apr 10, 2003, 01:00 ET from American Screenwriters Association

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Selling to Hollywood
 Down Under screenwriters conference is a new joint venture between the
 American Screenwriters Association and Australian film and television
 enterprises. Partnering with the American Screenwriters Association are
 AusFilm, a unique collaboration of over 60 corporate members, Australia's
 state film offices and the federal government through the Department of
 Communications, and the Arts and Austrade, as well as the Australian Centre
 for the Moving Image (ACMI), which is dedicated to all forms of moving image
 film -- television, video games, Internet and other emerging digital
     Featured speakers include American industry leaders such as producer Gary
 Goldstein (The Mothman Prophecies, Pretty Woman, Under Siege), Oscar-winning
 screenwriter Pamela Wallace (Witness, Alibi), Academy and Emmy Award-nominated
 producer and filmmaker Shelby Stone (Once Around, Boycott, Peace: Live With it
 or Rest in It), and fifteen additional industry experts from Australia and the
 United States.
     "The philosophy of the `Down Under' conference is in harmony with our
 organization's mission of building an international community of
 screenwriters," said John E. Johnson, ASA Executive Director. "It's a
 wonderful opportunity to accomplish our goals of breaking down the walls
 between the people writing scripts and those who can get them produced."
     The conference will provide educational workshops and marketing
 opportunities featuring an elite pool of Hollywood and Australia's producers,
 agents and studio reps. Attendees will experience an interactive mixture of
 lectures, seminars, and panel discussions with the ability for confirmed one-
 on-one time to pitch ideas and scripts to industry professionals. Personal
 faculty consultations will provide delegates with an opportunity to have
 unprecedented direct access to industry executives both local and overseas. In
 return the Australia and New Zealand film and television industry gains vital
 access to unknown "stories" by talented regional writers.
     The Selling to Hollywood Down Under Conference is scheduled for May 27 -
 30, 2003 at the Star City Resort in Sydney, Australia. For more information on
 Selling to Hollywood Down Under or the American Screenwriters Association,
 call (866) 265-9091 or visit the ASA web site at
     Karen Thomas, Director of Public Relations
     (866) 265-9091
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SOURCE American Screenwriters Association