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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hollywood Calendar 2009/2010

Like the millions of school children buying Pee-Chee folders at Walmart, like the leaves beginning to turn, like the fog moving under the Golden Gate Bridge and the gray whales migrating to Mexico for the winter, we are shifting into a new Hollywood season.

That's a long way of saying that this is the beginning of the Hollywood school year - when it comes to writers. Here is the latest Hollywood Calendar for 2009/2010, which my intrepid assistant arduously compiled for your writing benefit. These are the events, festivals and holidays that I think you should be aware of.

Make sure you pay yourself first and set aside some family monies so you can attend the CS Expo this year - it is honestly one of the best annual events for screenwriters out there. Besides, I'll be teaching a class this year so yowza that. Many of you will notice the Expo is one day shorter this year, which is probably a good thing. Jam all of that intensity into a shorter time span.

Some items you may ask why I am specifically noting the Jewish High Holidays. That's because a fair number of people in Los Angeles and in Hollywood (including me) observe these holidays; it's respectful to be informed of a holiday - especially one that means some will not be doing business during this time.

Get out your red pens and your blank calendars out and jot this stuff down:

Fall/Winter 2009:

Toronto Film Festival
September 10-19, 2009

Rosh Hashana
September 18-20

Emmy Awards
September 20

Yom Kippur
September 27-28

Creative Screenwriting Expo
October 16-18

Austin Film Festival
October 22-29


January 21-31

Academy Awards
March 7

Tribeca Film Festival

Silver Screenwriting Competition

BlueCat Screenwriting Competition

Cannes Film Festival
May 12-23

Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellowship deadline

Great American Pitch Fest

Nicholl Fellowship deadline

Warner Bros Television Writers' Workshop

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1 comment:

dgm said...

Pee Chee folders! What a great image to stir up nostalgia. :-)

And thank you for posting these events. I not a planner by nature--call it commitment issues--but I will be sure to take notes on these dates.