SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2 PM - 4:30 PM
The Toronto Bahá’í Centre
288 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V8
Main Hall, 2nd floor
Made possible with the support of Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS).
Program Director and Facilitator, Lia Cavasotto
Closed-door session; by invitation only.
Good-to-Go is a vital part of FeFF’s Script Development program. It gives writers an opportunity to discuss their projects in intimate one-on-one sessions with a roster of stellar industry guests whose areas of expertise include distribution, casting, financing, production, and literary management, among others. It’s like speed dating, only you’re pitching your passion project!
written by Nahyr Galaz Ruiz (USA)
A novelist’s idyllic life is turned upside down when she catches her husband cheating. After a visit from beyond the grave by her great-grandmother, she sets out to discover the truths hidden in her family’s long history in order to save herself from the mistakes of her ancestors.
Born in Querétaro, Mexico and raised in Sunny Southern California, Nahyr is a multi-hyphenate artist whose bi-cultural identity gives her a unique perspective in her storytelling. Raised on a healthy dose of telenovelas and Jane Austen novels, and raised by rich and complex Latine matriarchs, Nahyr is drawn to stories of impossible love with strong female leads. As an actress, writer and director, she is compelled to bring stories to the screen that reflect her upbringing and bi-cultural identity. For Nahyr, what is ultimately of the most vital importance is writing and creating from a place of authenticity and elevating Latinx voices and stories.
written by Shira Levin (USA)
Three kick-ass ‘senior’ women, fed up with being unappreciated and ignored, join forces to fight ageism and exact revenge on one of their offenders, becoming modern day Robin Hoods along the way.
Shira Levin, a native New Yorker, began as a theatre actor before segueing into screenwriting. Two of her screenplay adaptations were optioned and put into development. In 2012, Shira became a writer/director. Her short films, Last Day, Old Junk and Upside Down (winner Audience Choice Award), screened across the USA and in India and Scotland. Her feature film, Starfish, (winner Audience Choice Award), opened the Mystic Film Festival and screened at other American festivals. It’s currently on Amazon Prime. Shira’s second feature, a documentary, Forty Years In A Box, just premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Shira worked at Universal Pictures’ story department and was Director of Development for Martin Scorsese for six years. She was script consultant and associate producer on Deuces Wild and Brides (aka Nyfes). Shira also taught screenwriting at New York Film Academy for 11 years. Her most recent screenplay Invisible, will hopefully be her third feature film. Member NYWIFT. Emeritus member WGAE.