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ISA's Third Thursdays - London


Join us for ISA's Third Thursdays - London!

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: July 18th, 2019, 19:00
WHERE: The Silver Cross, 33 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2BX
HOW MUCH: Free and open to all!  

DOOR PRIZES for the night include:

  • 1 free entry to The Great American Script Contest
  • 1 free entry to Vancouver International Women in Film Screenplay Competition
  • 3-month Scriptation Industry Pro membership
  • 1 Free one-year Pro-Level subscription to ScriptLadder
  • 1 e-book copy of The Nutshell Technique: Crack The Secret of Successful Screenwriting by Jill Chamberlain
PLUS:  All attendees receive 25% off entries to The Great American Script Contest and $5 off entry fee from Cinequest. 

SPECIAL GUESTS: Craig James - Founder of ISA and Alan Nixon

Craig is an award-winning writer, director and producer whose short film projects, Contract Killers (2003) and Karma Cafe (2006), won acclaim both nationally and in his native city, Chicago, IL. and led him to signing with a manager in Los Angeles. His pilot Wrigleyville was then hip-pocketed by a major agency in Hollywood and was close to being picked up when the Writer's Strike hit. Shortly after, he founded the ISA while he continued to write and produce titles. Craig's recent focus has been on the expansion of the ISA and growth of its international membership, as well as his filmmaking and acting career.

Alan Nixon

Alan Nixon is a multi-award winning producer and director and has worked from local radio reporter to network controller. Alan hosted his own weekly cinema programme on Radio Manchester then interviewed many a director and star for Radio 4. Ask nicely, he’ll tell you his Sam Peckinpah story. He's worked with many great talents – Alexei Sayle, Peter Capaldi, Victoria Wood… Bobby D’Avro. Alan helped create Channel 5 as its first Head of Comedy and even directed a TV movie. He taught both comedy and screenwriting at the NFTS and City Lit (not in the same class - intentionally) and runs his own company - Alan will be talking about how to pitch. 



Sue Spenceley-Burch

Sue Spenceley-Burch has lived in London for most of her life. She has a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham, where she specialised in Film, Radio and TV production. On graduating Sue initially worked in radio, later moving to television where one of her roles was to read and report on proposals and synopses for potential production. Sue has since studied screenwriting at the City Literary Institute in London. She is currently writing a TV series and is developing a number of other TV and film projects. 



Christine Cawthorne

Christine Cawthorne is a content strategist and copywriter. She worked as a journalist at the BBC and a homepage editor for Yahoo before setting up her creative agency, Crocstar. She wrote her first story ’Jimmy the frog and Tommy the toad go for a picnic’ when she was 5 and is still hopeful it’ll reach classic status. Christine became interested in screenwriting after writing several short stories and is currently working on a feature film idea.


Daniel Dunt

Daniel is a Cambridge-based writer working on spec.





Cinequest Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, the 2019 edition of Cinequest will do as much with Film & Technology as ever while expanding to include additional creative experiences such as virtual and augmented realities, fashion, writing, television, dance, art & design, a creativity summit, and more! Cinequest presents over 130 World and U.S. premiere films, groundbreaking innovations, virtual and augmented reality experiences--plus fashion, writing, dance, art, and design integrations. Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest holds its annual Creativity Summit during the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival as well. Over 1,100 artists, innovators, and youth present from over 50 countries each year.

Scriptation Founded by a television writer and script coordinator, Scriptation is the #1 PDF annotation app for film and television professionals. It supports all common annotation types including highlights, drawings, notes, free text, images, sound recordings, and more. Combined with its proprietary note transferring algorithm, Transcription, which analyzes script changes and intelligently transfers a user’s annotations into each new draft, Scriptation is the only paperless solution built for the entire production crew.

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft. Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member-driven, not-for-profit society, which addresses systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in the production and dissemination of screen-based media. We approach our goals by working with a range of partners to increase funding, employment, and promotional opportunities for those identifying as women. We offer professional skill-based training and create opportunities to further women-led projects. We present and publicly celebrate the achievement of women in screen-based media, primarily, but not exclusively, through The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

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.

ScriptLadder Tim Johnson is a Software Engineer at Disney who also loves to write. He combined both interests to develop, a unique website that helps you visualize your screenplay with our patented infographics, host online table-reads, and share notes with colleagues.  After writing several feature-length screenplays and a dozen short scripts, Tim knows it’s harder than you thought, but not as hard as you think. With a Pro-Level subscription, you can upload any number of screenplays and instantly see our unique visual analysis, host table-reads, and share notes online.

The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting is one of the highest rated books on screenwriting on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. Author Jill Chamberlain is a screenwriter and script consultant who has fixed and fine-tuned scripts for major studios, for A-list screenwriters, and for many, many spec screenwriters. Jill is offering her Nutshell Technique master class in L.A. July 13 and Sept 14-15 - register at

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On June 13, 2019 Shiva Sawyer said:


Missed you guys.

Look forward to seeing you on the 20th.




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