Held May 3rd at the beautiful Delta King, a genuine 1860's riverboat and floating hotel located in historic Old Sacramento, the conference will educate new and experienced screenwriters on the state of the art today.

Much More than JUST a writers Conference:

With our SPECIAL WRITER'S PASS (Just $75) you get a day-long writing summit, learning to screenwrite in an intimate setting from top pros, PLUS A LAVISH AWARDS CEREMONY and, should you desire, an ENTIRE 8-DAY FILM FEST! YES, that's right, this conference is part of a larger film festival that you are GREENLIT to attend (The Sacramento International Film Festival).

The Awards:
Think you are ready for recognition for your work? Get recognized in front of a jury including the Godfather of American Screenwriting, Lew Hunter. Lew leads a group to analyze screenplays in 3 categories:

1) FEATURE SCREENPLAY (DRAMATIC)
This category recognizes full-length screenplays (70-150 pages) that are NOT comedies. Almost any genre can fit in this category: Science Fiction, Thrillers, Horror, etc.

2) FEATURE SCREENPLAY (COMEDY)
This category recognizes full-length screenplays (70-150 pages) that are specifically comedies.

3) SHORT SCREENPLAY (COMEDY or DRAMATIC)
This category is for screenplays that are LESS than 30 pages. Any genre is welcome!

THE LEW HUNTER AWARD FOR SCREENWRITING EXCELLENCE:
In addition to individual category awards, we also recognize one screenwriter each year for being the outstanding Screenplay of the entire year. This is a jury award given regardless of which of the categories writers enter. The award is named for our patriarch, Dr Lew Hunter, Dean Emeritus of the UCLA screenwriting program and author of THE BOOK, Screenwriting 434. Lew has trained more Academy Award-winning writers than anyone on the planet.

You must adhere to category rules regarding length of screenplay and genre. Screenplays may be submitted regardless of when they were created so long as they have not been previously submitted to this competition.

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  • Waste of time and money. Stick with the fellowship program competitions, inktip and the Blacklist for better results. These competitions are just ego boosters, not career boosters.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Frank. As you did NOT attend the event I'm curious what you found lacking. We strive to ensure EVERYONE is treated right at these events but you do have to be there to get the value. This year, we featured learning from Felischa Marye (Bigger, BET), Lew Hunter and more. I'd appreciate a direct email or phone call to allow you to express your concerns. Contacts are listed here. Thanks much!

  • Such a pleasure to have been selected for the American Screenwriting Conference. I love the vibe of the people who put this show together. Thank you ASC!! Fun!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joanne. We do strive for excellence. Hope to host for you again next year :)

  • This was a wonderful event and I'm glad I was able to attend, even for a couple of days! The theatre and meeting rooms on the Delta King were absolutely glorious. I look forward to future festivals and a chance to spend the entire week. Hoping an APP becomes available to better keep track of each day's events, films and speakers. It would help.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Theresa. Thank you for the kind words and for the feedback! Much appreciated!

  • I was honored to to have my script chosen as Official Selection and I like that I was provided with a free website to post content. A good value.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Phillip! Much appreciate the participation and feedback!