Scripwriting Workshop Dreamago Continues Its Third Year of Panels During The American Film Market

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by Sydney Levine
October 25, 2012 4:29 PM
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Dreamago Chateau in Switzerland
Thursday, November 1st and Friday Nov 2nd during the 2012 American Film Market for its third year in a row, DreamAgo, in partnership with Hamilton International, the renowned Swiss watch company, will host "Hamilton Helps DreamAgo Connect". Known for its annual Plume & Pellicule screenwriting workshop held annually in Sierre, Switzerland and for the development, support and promotion of films that make a difference, the program has 3 key phases.

FIRST phase is a speed dating-style pitch session designed to introduce selected screenwriters, who benefitted from DreamAgo's screenwriting lab in Switzerland, to well-known producers and distributors.  Screenwriters in attendance will have 10 minutes with a producer to present their project before moving on to the next producer and starting again.  Among the producers participating are Linda Obst (HOPE FLOATS, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS), Golan Ramras (ONE MISSED CALL, THE INCREDIBLE HULK), Kelley Feldsott Reynolds (THE FLYBOYS, THE UNSAID, FIVE FINGERS), Sukee Chew (JESUS HENRY CHRIST, FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN), Christina Piovesan (RED LIGHTS, THE WHISTLEBLOWER, AMREEKA), Paula Mazanedo-Schmit (VP Film Finances Inc.), David Miller (AMAL SIDARTH, MY FOOLISH HEART) and Vanessa Adkins (UNTHINKABLE, A LATE QUARTET). 

SECOND, the program offers the opportunity for any WGA writer to propose a feature project and try to win a six weeks Residency in Sierre (Switzerland), all costs covered. Among the more than 250 pitches submitted, DreamAgo & the Residence Ruffieux will select 15 projects and each of the writers will be given the opportunity to pitch it in person for 10 minutes. The lucky winner will be revealed during a brunch at the Swiss Consulate.

THIRD, DreamAgo will present a panel, in partnership with The Writers Guild of America,  the topic this year:  How to Preserve Your Vision When Those Around You Won't Leave It Alone? (Hint: An International Production Might Be Your Solution), on Friday, November 2nd. Panelists confirmed for this event include Barry Navidi (Producer, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, WILD SALOME), Sydney Levine (Creator of Sydney's Buzz a Network Blog on Indiewire, Founder of Film Finders), Vince Fischer (International Agent, Creator of the International ECI Agency), and Neil Landau (Writer, TAD THE LOST EXPLORER).

Writer Howard Rodman (JOE GOULD'S SECRET, SAVAGE GRACE) will serve as moderator.

Additionally, DreamAgo will also have a part in the celebrated Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards that pay tribute to the off-screen talents. The 6th edition will take place in Hollywood on October 28, just prior to the start of AFM.  DreamAgo, in collaboration with Hamilton, has selected Zoe Kazan to receive the Best Screenwriter Award for RUBY SPARKS. The award will be presented by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the filmmaking duo behind LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.

About Dreamago:

DreamAgo is a nonprofit organization that brings together film professionals of all nationalities: screenwriters, directors, producers and distributors.  Its purpose is to nurture and promote the creation of cinematic works on all continents, offering support at each stage of their development. In short: from script to screen. DreamAgo was founded in February 2005 by Pascale Rey and Soula Saad.

About Hamilton:

Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton watches combine the American spirit with the unrivalled precision of the latest Swiss movements and technologies.  Known for its innovative design, Hamilton has a strong foothold in Hollywood, with products appearing in over 300 films. The brand also boasts a strong aeronautical heritage.  Hamilton is a member of the Swatch group, the largest watch manufacturer and distributor in the world with 160 production sites in Switzerland.

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