Professional Program in Screenwriting
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Professional Program in Screenwriting, the only graduate-level non-degree screenwriting program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA Screenwriting Program faculty and receive:
- A world-class screenwriting education in three quarters
- An intimate classroom environment with a maximum of 10 students per workshop
- Guidance from initial story concept through working with agents
Upon successfully finishing the program, students receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
The Professional Program in Screenwriting takes place over three quarters.
Students attend a lecture series and a screenwriting workshop each week.
The Lecture Series
Monday nights, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Taught by UCLA MFA Screenwriting Instructor Tim Albaugh, the lecture takes place on Monday evenings and covers every aspect of the process from initial concept though rewrite.
Recent lecture series guest speakers have included Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games"), Ed Solomon ("Men in Black"), Michael Colleary ("Face/Off"), Nancy Oliver ("Lars and the Real Girl"), Paul Haggis ("Crash"), Dan Futterman ("Capote"), Scott Kosar ("The Machinist") and Sacha Gervasi ("The Terminal").
Tues., Weds., or Thurs. (depending on student schedules), 7:00pm-10:00pm.
The three-hour screenwriting workshop is limited to no more than ten students per class, and focuses on roundtable readings and an analysis of each student's work.
In Fall Quarter, students are introduced to the concepts of story and structure. They develop their stories in the weekly workshop and begin writing an original feature-length screenplay.
In Winter Quarter, students complete their first screenplay.
In Spring Quarter, students are assigned to a new workshop instructor and they are guided through the creation and completion of a second original feature-length screenplay.
Students who successfully finish the program receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Program Details, Deadlines and Application Procedures
Program dates: September 26 through June 8.
Class size: Workshops are limited to 10 students
International Student Application Deadline: July 5, 2016
US Student Application Deadline: September 5, 2016
The Professional Program in Screenwriting features an admissions process based on supporting application materials. The prerequisite for both programs is that the applicant have an undergraduate Bachelor's degree. Once we have received a complete application, the applicant will be notified of admission status via email within 20 business days. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a working email address with the application.
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SCREENWRITING APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please read the application instructions carefully. Consideration will be given as to whether or not the applicant follows these instructions.
Applicants to Professional Program in Screenwriting must submit a completed application form via fax or mail. Applications will not be accepted via email.
Five-Page Writing Sample
Screenplay format is preferred, however we will accept any sample that demonstrates your narrative storytelling abilities, as well as character interaction and conflict. If you do not have a screenplay, we will accept stage plays or short stories as alternatives. Examples of writing samples that we are not looking for are screenplay outlines, treatments, poems, articles or journal/blog entries.
One-Page Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose is simply a short essay in which we'd like you to tell us a little about yourself, your writing experience and goals. Your Statement of Purpose should be one full page in length.
Undergraduate Bachelor's Transcript or Copy of Degree Certificate or DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse
Although we do not take college grades into consideration, we require proof that an undergraduate Bachelor's degree has been conferred. Please provide a copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy is okay), or a copy of your degree certificate, or a DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse. Alternatively, if you have an advanced degree such as an MFA, we will accept that transcript or certificate.
A Signed and Dated Copy of the Professional Programs Policies
TUITION COST AND PAYMENT PROCESS
The tuition cost for the Professional Program in Screenwriting is $5,550. Payments are collected in two installments: $2,000 is charged upon admission to the program, with the balance of $3,500 normally due a few weeks prior to the start of the program (please see the application form for specific dates).
Applicants must provide payment information with their application. The second page of the application form includes a spot for credit card information (we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover). We accept credit card payments only (students in the Professional Program in Screenwriting may pay their tuition balance with a cashier's check or money orders; see application form for details).
IMPORTANT:There is no application fee for our programs. If an applicant is not admitted, the applicant will not be charged.
At this time, financial aid is not available for any of our courses. However, some banks offer private loans specifically for non-degree programs and will send the money to you upon verification of enrollment. Applicants interested in a private loan must first be enrolled in one of our programs and make their tuition payments directly to the Professional Programs office as described above.Do not apply for a loan that requires the lender to send the money to the university. Once you make your payments to the Professional Programs office, the lending bank will request proof of enrollment and/or a receipt. We can provide those items for you.
Please be advised that Sallie Mae loans are not available for the Professional Programs. If you have questions about this, please call (310) 825-6124.
REFUND POLICY AND SCHEDULE
Applicants who would like to withdraw from any of our courses must do so in writing. Students may simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The refund schedule is provided below. If you have questions about this policy, please call (310) 825-6124.
Applies to full tuition cost:
Professional Program in Screenwriting
100% refund if student withdraws by September 19, 2016
80% refund after September 19, 2016, and up to and including first day of second week of classes (October 3, 2016)
50% refund after October 3, 2016, and up to and including first day of third week of classes (October 10, 2016)
0% refund after October 10, 2016
If you are a non-native English speaking student, please be advised that our writing programs are intensive and that all work must be submitted in English. A TOEFL score of 560 (paperbased) or 87 (internet based iBT) will be necessary to participate in this course.
The only visa approved by the U.S. government and UCLA for the Professional Program in Screenwriting is the F-1 visa. No other visas will be accepted.
If you are enrolled in the Professional Program in Screenwriting and need a F-1 visa, you will first need to apply for a UCLA I-20. The I-20 is the document that you'll bring to your local American consulate in order to obtain your visa. First, apply for the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting per the admission instructions. If you are admitted, you may request an I-20 application from us. At that point, you will need to complete the I-20 application and provide a number of supporting financial documents, as well as a copy of the photo page from your passport. We will send you instructions in an email.
To allow enough time to obtain a F-1 visa, you must apply to our program by July 6, 2016. International students are encouraged to apply for the Professional Program as early as possible. The longer the wait, the less likely it will be that you will have enough time to secure your visa before the course begins. There is no discount for international students who arrive late to the program.
Please be advised that there is a non-refundable $340 I-20 processing fee payable to UCLA. You will be charged this fee once your I-20 is processed. In addition, please be aware that students entering the United States on a F-1 visa must first pay a $200 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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HAL ACKERMAN has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for more than 25 years and is currently co-chair of the Screenwriting Program. His close mentees include Sacha Gervasi, Pamela Gray, Scott Kosar and Nicholas Griffin, among others. His book, "Write Screenplays That Sell…The Ackerman Way," is now in its third printing, and is becoming the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country. He has had numerous short stories published in literary journals over the past two years, including New Millennium Writing, The Pinch, Words and Pictures, Southeast Review and Passages. His short story, "Roof Garden," won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction and is published by Kindle. "Alfalfa" was included in the 2006 anthology, "I Wanna Be Sedated…30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers." "Sweet Day" is out on HarperCollins Publishers Digital Media Cafe, read by Academy Award nominee Robert Forster. Ackerman has sold material to all the networks and major studios. His play, Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me, was mounted in New York under its new title, Prick in 2011. Ackerman's first novel, "Stein, Stoned," was published in 2010 and its sequel, "Stein, Stung," in 2012.
RICHARD WALTER, the author of the best-selling "Screenwriting – The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing" and "The Whole Picture," has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to broadcast networks. He has also written many informational, educational and corporate films. His novel, "Escape From Film School," was published by St. Martin's Press in 1999. He appears regularly in the national media discussing popular culture issues, and lectures on screenwriting throughout the world. Walter is co-chair of the Screenwriting Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His latest book, "Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing," was published in 2010.
TIM ALBAUGH is a writer-producer and a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's MFA Screenwriting Program. He has taught screenwriting there as well as at UC Irvine, Hollins University and Pixar Animation Studios. As a writer, he has sold or optioned scripts to various studios and production companies. His credits include "Trading Favors," starring Rosanna Arquette, Devon Gummersall and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Under their Popular Films banner, Albaugh and producing partner Sean Sorensen have projects in development at Warner Bros., HBO, Reason Pictures, Hudson River Entertainment and Echo Lake Productions. The original screenplays "Weasel" (by Steve Bagatourian) and "Croak" (by Rich Davis) were written in Albaugh's classes and subsequently set up as co-productions between Popular Films, Hudson River Entertainment and Echo Lake Productions. Some of Albaugh's other students have sold scripts to studios, producers and production companies including John Cusack's New Crime Productions, the Coen Bros., Michael Bay, Wendy Finerman, Nickelodeon Films, Gough/Millar, New Regency Productions, HBO, Mandalay Entertainment, Showtime, Lifetime and all the major television networks. The 2004 film "The Machinist," starring Christian Bale, was written by Scott Kosar in Albaugh's UCLA class. The latest film written in his class to be produced is 2011's "Balls to the Wall," written by Jason Nutt and directed by Penelope Spheeris ("Wayne's World").
MARC ARNESON is a graduate of both the Professional Program in Screenwriting and the MFA Screenwriting Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He has won a number of honors including the UCLA Screenwriters Showcase, the Jack Nicholson Prize in Screenwriting, the Harmony Gold Screenwriting Award, the Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting and the Showtime/Tony Cox Screenwriting Award at the Nantucket Film Festival. He was a 2007 writer-in-residence at the prestigious Screen Writers Colony, and in 2009 his feature script "Just Peck" was independently produced starring Keir Gilchrist, Brie Larson, Marcia Cross, Adam Arkin and Camryn Manheim. Arneson has also written professionally in other media including Internet shorts for the Game Show Network; in 2011 he co-wrote and sold a half-hour pilot script to Fox Television Animation.
DEBORAH BARON has written feature scripts on assignment for 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Interscope, MGM, UA, various independent production companies, and actors Richard Dreyfuss and Meg Ryan. She was a staff writer for CBS' "Hunter" and "Legwork" and has also written for CBS' "Major Dad" and "Cagney & Lacey" as well as various episodes for one-hour series on NBC, ABC and UPN. She has taught in the MFA screenwriting programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, USC Cinematic Arts and AFI; and in graduate programs at universities in Santiago, Chile and Calcutta, India (both funded by Fulbright grants). She has also worked as a "testimony reviewer/writer" for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
PAUL CASTRO, a member of the Writers Guild of America for more than a decade, is a writer with extensive professional experience in film, television and digital media. He has been a hired-gun writer for the top studios in town. While still an MFA grad student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, he landed a three-picture, million-dollar deal sparked by screenwriting co-Chair Richard Walter. That deal included two of his original screenplays, one of which became the Warner Bros. feature film hit, "August Rush," starring Robin Williams, Kerri Russell, Freddie Highmore, Terrence Howard and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. That same year, Castro directed two music videos for RCA Records and was awarded the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Grant Award. Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine heralded Castro as one of the best screenwriters she's ever worked with in her 50 years of moviemaking. Castro has been part of the UCLA family as a student and faculty member for 15 years.
PHIL GUIDRY has won three Emmy Awards for his work as a producer and writer. He has written, produced and developed projects for NBC, Fox, ESPN, Time Warner, National Lampoon Films, ABC, Walt Disney Imagineering, Tapestry Films and 42 Entertainment. He co-produced the feature film "Savageland," which premiered at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. Guidry currently oversees the Creative Development Group at the NFL Network's Features division, where he has developed documentary projects including the Emmy-winning "JFK: The NFL Story of That Day in Dallas." His published work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outside and Conde Nast Traveler, as well as anthologies by Hyperion Press and Nelson Thornes Press. He received his B.A. from USC and his M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Northwestern University and the Himalayan Film School in India.
SIMON HERBERT Before becoming a feature screenwriter and director, Simon Herbert was a UK-based curator, collaborating with international art world stars such as Chris Burden, Damien Hirst and Marina Abramovic; and on live events with comic book writer Alan Moore (creator of Watchmen and V For Vendetta) and David J of UK rock group Bauhaus. Simon transitioned into screenwriting in the United States in 2002; graduated from the UCLA MFA in Screenwriting; and teaches Advanced Screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, and Hollins University, North Virginia. During this time he was awarded the Harmony Gold Award in Excellence 2007 and the Jay Grossman Comedy Writing Award 2006. Simon is the co-producer, writer and director of the new feature Savageland (2015), currently on the festival circuit (co-starring Len Wein, creator of Swamp Thing and The X-Men), winning multiple awards ("Best Horror Feature" at the Temecula Independent Film Festival. and the Independent Filmmakers Showcase; "Best Feature" at Nevermore, NC; and "Best Director" at the NOLA Horror Film Fest). Savageland has been reviewed on numerous websites including AintItCoolNews: which calls it "Harrowing… with a suggestion of absolute horror." He is in negotiations to be interviewed on Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith's podcast Fatman on the Batman about indie moviemaking. As well as working in the indie film world, Simon is also a Senior Story Analyst at Amazon Studios; where he covers more mainstream studio fare, and literary material suitable for adaptation. He has also worked in development departments including Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and New Concorde.
GORDY HOFFMAN Raised in Fairport, New York, Gordy Hoffman is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas. Hoffman's screenplay, "Love Liza," which was directed by Todd Louiso and starred his brother, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Hoffman was chosen for Fox Searchlab, a director development program at Fox Searchlight, where he wrote and directed three digital shorts, "The Woman Who Stopped Seeing Movies," "Jack Signs" and "Untitled." Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with his script, "A Coat of Snow," which had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. His short film, "Dog Bowl", had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge. He has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and has led workshops all over North America, Poland and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script-to-Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film's Script DC Conference in Washington, D.C., the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.
DAVE JOHNSON is a graduate of both the Professional Program in Screenwriting and the MFA Screenwriting Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. While a student, his script "Flesh and Blood" won the UCLA Spec Showcase, the Jack Nicholson Award in Screenwriting and the Harmony Gold Award. It was also used as an example in the screenwritng book "Write Screenplays that Sell" by UCLA TFT professor Hal Ackerman. Along with being a produced television writer (UPN's "Jake 2.0"), Johnson has sold and developed feature films for Walt Disney Pictures ("You Again"), 20th Century Fox ("BMOC"), Paramount ("Sweet Child of Mine"), New Regency ("Man Wedding") and Universal Studios ("Repeat After Me"). Currently, Johnson is writing and developing an animated feature film for Fox Animation ("Ice Age," "Rio").
MARK KRUGER has been a screenwriter and television writer since 1990. In addition to writing Gramercy Pictures' "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh," directed by Bill Condon, he was a writer and a producer on USA Network's Emmy-nominated TV series "The 4400." He was also a writer on the NBC series "Revelations" and Fox's "Tru Calling." Other TV credits include the CBS movie "The Dead Will Tell" and the Hallmark miniseries "Frankenstein." Kruger has also worked with filmmakers Wes Craven and Clive Barker and has written for DreamWorks, Miramax, Disney, Paramount, HBO, CBS, FOX and Sony Television, among others. Kruger began his career in the entertainment industry as a vp of production for Scott Rudin Productions and the Turman-Foster Company. He has taught screenwriting at UCLA since 1999.
CHRIS KYLE has sold live-action and animated pitches and screenplays to Disney and Universal, as well as to several production companies, and he wrote and created a TV show that is in development at The Hub. He has also written commercials for ESPN and the NBA. Kyle has taught rewriting and advanced screenwriting at UC Irvine, UC Riverside and National University. He earned his MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he received the Jack Nicholson Award in Screenwriting, the Screenwriters Showcase Award, the Abraham Polonsky Award and a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award.
NEIL LANDAU teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing programs at his alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His writing credits include the 1991 teen comedy feature "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" starring Christina Applegate; the TV series "Twice in a Lifetime"; MTV's "Undressed"; "The Magnificent Seven"; "Melrose Place"; "The Secret World of Alex Mack"; "Doogie Howser, M.D." and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime and Freemantle. Landau's 2012 3D animated feature "Tad: The Lost Explorer" ("Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones") earned him a Spanish Academy Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is currently working on its sequel, as well as the screenplay for Paramount's upcoming 3D animated feature "Capture the Flag." He is also working on a new animated film, "Sheep & Wolves," for Wizart Animation ("The Snow Queen"); slated for a 2015 release. Multi-award-winning producer Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures ("Closer," "The Player," "Angels in America," "Shortcuts," "Drugstore Cowboy") optioned Landau's original screenplay "Flinch," in 2013. As a script consultant, Landau has worked for Sony Pictures Television International (2004-2007). In 2010, he consulted on the Goya-award-winning "Lope" (for Warner Bros. and El Toro Pictures, Spain) and "Bruc" (El Toro/Universal Pictures). He has also worked extensively with screenwriter/director David Koepp ("Spider Man," "Jurassic Park," "Stir of Echoes," "Panic Room"). Landau is the author of the bestselling book "101 Things I Learned in Film School." Focal Press has published his new books, "The Screenwriter's Roadmap" (2012) and "The TV Showrunner's Roadmap" (2014).
WEIKO LIN started his career in the theater writing and directing original independent plays and musicals in Los Angeles produced at UCLA's Royce Hall, Veteran's Wadsworth Theater and East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater. In film, Lin has written a dramatic features for The Mark Gordon Company and Good Worldwide, Inc. Currently, he is writing an action thriller for Madhouse Entertainment. Lin produced and created an original story for Chinese language film "100 DAYS," directed by Emmy winner Henry Chan ("Scrubs, King of Queens," Moeha," "Scrubs"). A Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award recipient and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellow Finalist, Lin previously taught at Northwestern University's M.F.A. Writing for the Stage and Screen Program. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he has also taught M.F.A. screenwriting at Taipei National University of the Arts. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Lin is co-founder of production outfit The Unison Company that bridges the world's fastest growing film market in China and Hollywood.
Cindy McCreery is a graduate of the 2002-2003 Walt Disney/ABC Feature Writing Fellowship program. She has sold feature screenplays to Disney, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films, Warner Brothers, MGM, National Geographic Films and Disney Channel. She is currently writing a feature for Broken Road Productions and has TV projects in development with Robert Redford's Sundance Productions, Pillar Segan Shepherd Productions, Halfire Entertainment and Sierra Infinity. She has most recently written two episodes of the SyFi Network Stephen King show, "Haven" which will air in the fall of 2014. She has been teaching screenwriting and television writing since 2004 at UC Santa Barbara, UCLA and The University of Texas at Austin.
JENNA MCGRATH has spent the past six years working as a screenwriter. Shortly after graduating from the UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program, she landed her first feature film assignment. She has written for Strike Entertainment, Universal, MGA and Disney XD. Together with her writing partner, she wrote seven episodes of the upcoming Disney XD series "Packages from Planet X." McGrath began teaching screenwriting in 2007. In 2010, she traveled to Uganda to serve as a screenwriting mentor in the Maisha Film Lab, a program that fosters local filmmaking communities in East Africa. In her spare time, McGrath is member of the U.S. Freediving team and holds two national records for breath-hold diving. She believes that writing, like diving, rewards the brave.
ALEX METCALF is an award-winning writer whose work has been produced on radio, television, theater and film. His most recent film is "An American Affair," with Gretchen Mol, released by Screen Media Films. His WWII spy thriller, "Standing in the Floating World," written for Astrakan Entertainment, is scheduled for production in Japan. His script, "The Fabulist," is also scheduled for production. Other produced works include "The Red Team" (Regent Entertainment), "Hope Street" (Fox) and the television series "Lazarus Man." Metcalf has created original works for Disney, Paramount, Fine Line, Fox and HBO, as well as for independent production entities.
STEPHANIE MOORE received her MFA in Screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She won the Harve Bennett "Written By" Prize in Screenwriting and the Harmony Gold Screenwriting Award. She has taught screenwriting at UC Irvine, UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, and Hollins University's MFA Program, and was a guest lecturer at Pixar University. Moore's students have been winners of several screenwriting awards, including the Nicholl Fellowship and the UCLA Professional Program Screenwriting Competition. Her students have also had their scripts optioned and sold, such as Marc Maurino's sale of "Inside the Machine" to CBS Films, a script written in Moore's Professional Program in Screenwriting Online class. Moore co-wrote "Life-Size," starring Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan, an original movie for ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney." She was hired by Disney to co-write "Life Size 2."
FERNLEY PHILLIPS is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting and broke into the industry with his spec script, "The Number 23," which starred Jim Carrey and was directed by Joel Schumacher. He has since written for Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox, Universal and Dimension. He is currently working on a project for Nicole Kidman and James Wan and developing a TV series with Stan Lee.
BRIAN PRICE received his BA in Theatre and Film from Yale University and his MFA in Screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1999, where he won the Harve Bennett "Written By" Prize, the Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Screenwrtiting Prize, and the Screenwriter's Showcase. While still in school, Price was featured in Script magazine when "The Many Lives of Bobby Ivers," his first spec, was optioned by Universal Pictures. Since then, he's written numerous feature scripts for both studios and indies, including "The Speed Queen" for Christina Ricci's Blaspheme Pictures and "Atticus" for Scanbox Entertainment. Price also directed the feature comedy "Bottomfeeders," which won several festival awards including the Indie Spirit Award at Toronto's Planet Indie and the Audience Award at the DC Independent Film Festival. Before teaching for UCLA Professional Programs, Price developed and oversaw the screenwriting curriculum at the Brooks Institute of Photography. Most recently, his script "Whale Farts" won first place in the 2007 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition.
LISANNE SARTOR graduated from Yale University with a degree in English before studying sculpture and photography in Italy, and working for a New Jersey state senator. She then moved to Los Angeles to become a writer/director and was admitted into the DGA Assistant Director Training Program. She later earned a screenwriting MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she won numerous screenwriting accolades, including the Samuel Goldwyn Award. Her original screenplay, "Clearville," was produced by Don Enright of Alexander/Enright, and aired on Lifetime Television. She wrote an MOW for Italy's DeAngelis Group, had a script optioned by Hearst Entertainment, and developed projects with Roth-Arnold Productions, among other companies. In 2012, she wrote and directed a short film, "Six Letter Word," through the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. "Six Letter Word" screened at film festivals across the country, including the Telluride Film Festival, as well as in France at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, in Armenia and in Mexico. She recently finished the feature version of "Six Letter Word," which she plans to direct.
JIM STRAIN holds an MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA SChool of Theater, Film and Television and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. His feature credits include "Bingo," "Jumanji" (co-written with Greg Taylor), "Summer of the Monkeys" (co-written with Greg Taylor), and most recently "Space Warriors" (co-written with Stan Chervin). With Stephen Chiodo, Strain co-wrote "Alien Xmas," a children's book which won a special recognition Saturn Award in 2006 from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. His screenplay for a stop-motion animation feature based on the book is being developed by Chiodo Bros. Prods. "Zapper," a spec script featured in the Writers Guild Magazine Written By, is on the pre-production slate of Whitewater Films. Strain has served as a member of the UCLA TFT adjunct faculty since 2000.
JOHN SWEET is a 1997 graduate of the graduate Screenwriting Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Prior to entering the program, he was a working TV writer. His produced writing credits include: "Braxton" (an original television pilot for RHI), "Mr. President" (series episode for Carson Prod/Fox Network), "Learning the Ropes" (network television episode for RHI), "Face to Face" (movie of the week for Hallmark Hall of Fame/CBS) and "The Great Elephant Escape" (movie of the week for Hallmark Hall of Fame/ABC). After entering the graduate program Sweet optioned a script which was featured at UCLA TFT's annual Showcase. The script was made into the 2001 Warner Bros. film, "The Affair of the Necklace," starring Hilary Swank, Christopher Walken and Adrien Brody.
WENDALL THOMAS received received her M.A. in English in 1986 and has since worked as a casting director, director's assistant, script reader, story editor, development executive, entertainment reporter, script consultant and screenwriter, writing and developing projects for companies such as Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, RKO, A&E, NBC, T&C Film, ACC Entertainment, Gabriel Films and Scottish Screen. As a lecturer and consultant, Thomas has taught at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1997; has been a Star Speaker for the Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo and the Santa Fe Screenwriting Conference; and runs the Living Room Lecture Series in Los Angeles. Internationally, she has consulted for the Atelier du Cinéma Européen Producing Program in Paris, lectured throughout Europe for the Arista Screenwriting Workshops, run two Writer's Mentorship Programs for the UK Film Commission, and has held Rewrite and Dialogue workshops for the The New Zealand Film Commission and the Melbourne International Film Festival. Recent student/client films include "The Commune" (2009), "The Space Between" (official Tribeca Entry, 2010), "The Most Fun You Can Have Dying" (2011), "We Are Not What They Saw We Are" (2011) and "Republic of Two" (2012).
IRIS YAMASHITA was nominated for an Academy Award® for her first produced screenplay, "Letters from Iwo Jima." Directed by Clint Eastwood, "Letters from Iwo Jima" received a Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for four Academy Awards. Currently, Yamashita is in development on an original script to be directed by Shekhar Kapur, who previously directed "Elizabeth" and "The Four Feathers".
KRIS YOUNG has written six movies for Disney Channel including "Teen Angel" and "Teen Angel Returns." He has also written for Columbia, Nickelodeon, CBS, Trimark and producers Richard Pryor and Terence Chang. In 1998, he received his MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he was a winner at the School's Screenwriting Showcase, and placed second in the Samuel Goldwyn Awards. His micro-mini movie, "Mosquito Cupid," was recently produced for ABC-Touchstone. Young teaches screenwriting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.