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ISA's Third Thursdays - Hartford


Join us for the ISA's Third Thursdays - Hartford! 

Come meet other local filmmakers and have a chance to win a door prize! Join us for this fun evening of socializing, and let's build a community of screenwriters!  This event is free and open to all. Producers, directors, actors and all other members of the film and television community are encouraged to attend.  
WHEN: February 20th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:30 pm 
WHERE: Margaritas - 350 Roberts St. East Hartford, Connecticut 06108

HOW MUCH: Free and open to all!  


  • One free entry to The Great American Script Contest
  • One free entry to Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
  • One free entry to First 15 Writing Competition from Page Turner Screenplays
  • One free eBook copy of The Writer's Guide to Writing Exercises from Page Turner Screenplays



Co-owners and co-founders Dani Scott and Christina Sciongay met on set filming a movie together as actresses five years ago. Since then, Dani went to Los Angeles to work in casting and film production. Christina stayed on the East Coast and worked in film in NYC, while studying Psychology at the University of Connecticut. After Dani graduated from Emerson College with a degree in marketing, she reached out to Christina to pursue the creation of a film production company that would be a professional platform for  CT filmmakers and creatives while advocating for women behind and in front of the camera. The Connecticut Film Initiative (CTFI) was born! 
The movement Film for Therapy was created after a production meeting where an attendee mentioned using film as a healing tool for those overcoming affliction. Now, an up and coming non profit movement within CTFI, Film for Therapy, is a one of a kind movement where CTFI collaborates with local nonprofits and uses members of their organizations to become involved in the filmmaking process. This allows the medium of film to serve as the basis for a new kind of art therapy. Bridging the gap between local filmmakers and our communities, Film For Therapy brings forth powerful films that advocate for nonprofit organizations and their missions while providing lucrative jobs for our local filmmakers.
Now with an Entertainment Division and Film for Therapy, CTFI continues to support women in film and providing opportunities for our local filmmakers and creatives.







The Great American Script Contest will be bringing not only legit and first-rate chances for you to connect with industry decision makers, agents and producers in Los Angeles, but also provide opportunity to network at live events in Chicago and LA. Script Con will not only be one of the best opportunities for you to get your writing seen and discovered, finalists will all be part of the physical film festivals in Chicago (March) and in LA (June). Teaming with Chicago Comedy, LA Comedy Film Festival and Chicago Independent Film +TV Festivals, The Great American Script Contest is set to give you unbelievable access and connections to the industry.

The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition is where your scripts are read directly by investors who buy projects and fund films at the studio level - domestically and abroad.  Investors or Funds may elect to option or purchase your script at any time regardless of whether or not your script places in the contest. All current and previous years winners and The Hot 100 Lists are showcased at investor meetings at the major film markets worldwide. Your summary and logline will get exposure year after year. Our entrants have been optioned and sold at AFM, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Shanghai film markets.

Page Turner Screenplays Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic background, Page Turner is focused on finding and supporting great original stories with a strong voice that grip the reader from the first page to the last. Whether the story you tell is a genre film or an indie pic, a network procedural or an edgy cable drama, we want to find the most compelling, unique, page-turning scripts out there.  We are looking for scripts that we CAN’T put down. Send us your best. We look forward to supporting and helping you grow as a writer.
The FIRST 15 is a unique competition where your script will only be judged based upon your opening FIRST 15 pages.  This competition is designed to help you get your script in the best possible shape you can should you choose to use the notes option and if not to test your script in competition before you may be submitting to or to prepare you to be read by managers and agents.

The Writer's Guide to Writing Exercises from Page Turner Screenplays This book will change your writing. As writers and from managers, we have compiled all the writing exercises we have learned that WORK! We've left out the ones that don't and have focused on all that do. Deliberate practice will improve your writing, help you have breakthroughs and keep you from suffering from the dreaded writer's block. It's worked for us and it will work for you.
From this book, you will learn the exercises that Hollywood professional screenwriters use to improve their craft and to create breakthrough level writing. This book was compiled from our team's collection of personal writing exercises, learned either from managers, other writers or through experience. All of these exercises, in some way, contributed to their overall development as professional screenwriters who have won competitions, optioned and/or sold screenplays. 

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