2017 UMFF screenwriter panel

Universe Multicultural Film Festival--2017
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 2017 UMFF " Multicultural Screenplay" Panel 

TOPICS:
– HOW TO FIND A PRODUCER
– HOW TO PITCH TO A PRODUCER
– SELLING YOUR STORY IN ONE SENTENCE
– MARKETING YOURSELF & YOUR SCRIPT
– SELLING YOUR SCRIPT WITHOUT AN AGENT/MANAGER
– SUBMITTING TO SCREENPLAY CONTESTS
– WRITING THE LOW-BUDGET, LIMITED LOCATION/CAST SCRIPT
- WRITING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
- FINDING PAID WRITING WORK
- HOW TO APPROACH CRITIQUE/NOTES

Time: 11:00-12:30PM; April 1, 2017
Location: Fireside room @Fred Hesse Community Park Center,(29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275;  Admission by  Panel Pass.

 

 The Panel Speakers are: 

Johan Alan Simon; Screenwriter, Director
John Alan Simon graduated from Harvard College. He received his Master Degree in the U. of Illinois Writer’s Workshop program.
Simon was editor-in-chief of New Orleans magazine. He was a contributing editor of Chicago Sun-Times, and Downbeat Magazine. He taught courses at Tulane University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois. and UCLA extension.
Simon is movie and TV series director. He is the director of “Radio Free Albemuth”, “Engrossing adaptation" "Well-performed." “"Consistently absorbing." “Operates successfully as a study of enlightenment and a straight-ahead conspiracy thriller.” His next film as a director will be “Nothing More than Murder”, which he adapted from the novel by Jim Thompson.
Simon also worked as a screenwriter and produced "The Getaway," which was wide-released by Universal Pictures. He has worked with a number of other authors in producing "Pop.1280", "Coup de Torchon," and so on.
Simon was elected and served on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles. He is a long-time member of the Writer’s Guild of America-West.
JACOB N. STUART, Screenwriter
Jacob N. Stuart is an award-winning, produced, and represented screenwriter, with OVER 15 scripts optioned and/or produced to screen, airing in OVER 7 different countries. Jacob Stuart is the Founder of Screenwriting Staffing, Screenwriting Instructor at the Hollywood International Film Academy, and CEO of JNStuart Productions. Jacob was previously the Screenplay Contest Director for the Cincinnati Film Festival. He has lectured on screenwriting for FilmDayton, WriteStuff Writers Conference, 48 Hour Film Festival, Universe Multicultural Film Festival, and Southern Ohio Film Association. For a list of all of his credits: www.imdb.me/jacobnstuart. Follow him on Twitter: @JacobNStuartr 
Zhiyong Gong,Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Mr. Gong graduated from Beijing University with a Ph.D in literature. He is the first rank writer, screenwriter, director, and the top ten producers. He has been produced over 60+ TV series ( total over 320 episodes), 12 films, and those productions brought him many awards, such as “ Later Qing Dynasty chaos” won Golden Eagle award; “Li Li Shan” won “Five One Engineer” Award; “ Meng Lei” Won Golden Rooster Award; “ Hunter” won Best Dram award; “ White Angel” won “ Flying Award; “Destination” won Hundred Flower Award; “ Missing Girl” won Hua Biao award
  Mei Wang, Screenwriter
Ms. Wang hold a master degree from Central Drama Institute ( China), is the member of China Writer’s Association, member of China Screenwriter Association, listed on “ China Writer Dictionary”. Her film “Sunset” won the best foreign film from Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2016; won special contribution award at Indonesian International Film Festival. She is also the screenwriter for film “warm up” won the award from 2016 Vancouver China Film Festival. She has been worked in other well know production, such as TV series “ Under the Mask” ; Animation film “ Master Lu Ban” “ China Panda Bear”.
Her published novels titles are : “ The Youth Pass”; “ Sunny Girl” , “ Rose I love you” “ Boy and Girl”, “ see you in dream”, etc. 
  Mark Sevi, Screenwriter
Mark Sevi is a professional screenwriter with over 30 scripts sold, 19 of which have been made into feature films including "Devil's Knot" starring Academy Award-winning actors Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Mark also teaches scriptwriting at Irvine Valley College. He started the Orange County Screenwriters Association in 2009 which is a not-for-profit organization that does high school and college outreach in addition to providing resources for all filmmakers.
Mark is currently working on a script for a producer about the Revolutionary War, and has two TV series being considered for production for 2018. In addition, he is in the process of writing a book on scriptwriting. Several of his short stories are on Amazon.com. He is a black belt in aikjutsu.
Mark is represented by Wayne Alexander at Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP
Qi Zhan, Screenwriter
Qi is a children book writer and screenwriter. She is the main writer for Wuhan Children TV Chanel hot program “ Baby Come On”. Her two seasons comedy show “School Outside”won the audience award for screenplay at Italy CJ Children Film festival. Her children film “ Monkey King Hero is Back” won the best musical score award at 2016 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival.
She also has 9 novels published, and a 100 episodes TV drama “ The Kelly Family” is under development.
  DOV S-S SIMENS, Screenwriter
After a decade of Line Producing & Script Development, taught at America’s 3 leading film schools (USC, NYU & UCLA) and was voted “Hollywood’s #1 Film Instructor” before founding his Hollywood Film Institute, which has presented a “2-Day Film School” in over 30 nations and is establishing the China Film Academy. In his spare time Dov wrote “From Reel to Deal” and ballroom dances with his wife.