using screenwriting competitions to ‘break in’


Fri 24 Sept, 10.00 a.m –12.00 p.m. (est)
location: online via Zoom
tickets: TT$300/ US$45, click here to buy your ticket; early registration required

As all screenwriters know, there is no easy path to breaking into the film and TV industry. While there are many talented writers across the globe, what usually sets the successful apart is insider knowledge and endless hard work. Knowing and utilising the many different paths to ‘breaking in’ can give a screenwriter the edge needed to actually create a sustainable career, whether you’re from the Caribbean or anywhere else. Screenwriter/actress, Kyra Jones, has a wealth of information to share with motivated screenwriters who would like to take their careers to the next level. After winning multiple competitions over the last few years, she has secured herself representation by the well-regarded Echo Lake Entertainment and has recently been staffed on two TV shows. In this workshop, Kyra will share her wealth of experience, focusing on the fundamentals required to win a screenwriting or pitch competition, insight into what readers and judges may look for, and essential strategies for submitting to festivals.

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facilitator: Kyra Jones

Kyra Jones (she/her) is a Chicago-based Black feminist screenwriter, filmmaker and actor whose work focuses on Black women’s experiences of intimate relationships, sex and liberation. She received her degree in Theatre and Gender Studies from Northwestern University. She is currently a staff writer on the Hulu series “Woke”, and the upcoming ABC series “Queens”. Her award-winning web series “The Right Swipe (OTV)” was an official selection at the Austin Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival and many others. Her upcoming feature, “Go to the Body”, won ‘The Pitch’ at the 2020 Chicago International Film Festival and Screencraft’s Virtual Pitch competition. As an actor, she has appeared in “Empire” (Fox), “The Chi” (Showtime) and “Chicago Justice” (NBC).

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