Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. HBFF’s INFOTAINMENT CONFERENCE features a wealth of informational panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate actors.

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Friday, October 26 • 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Story Development Workshop For The 2012 HBFF Storyteller Semi-Finalists & Finalists (Part 1)

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Open to 2012 HBFF Storyteller Semi-Finalists & Finalists only

In this intensive, two-day workshop, writers bring with them 3-5 pitches for potential, not-yet-written feature film projects.  Each pitch should be typed on a sheet of paper and should be no longer than 2-3 sentences in length.  Always pitch from the point of view of story’s protagonist.  All pitches are discussed for their viability as a motion picture, able to move and entertain audiences.  The most viable pitch presented by each writer will then be further developed with an eye to working up a strong narrative through-line, affecting characters, character arcs, subplot, and a sense of what writer’s story is about most, i.e. what the writer is trying to communicate most in telling the story being told.  The start of the workshop will commence with a brief lecture on screenwriting theory.  The goal of the workshop is to help inform, develop, support, and encourage the next works of each HBFF Storyteller finalist.

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Harrison Reiner

HARRISON REINER works on staff in the Scripted Cable Series Division of CBS Television Studios.  He produced and co-wrote on AMAR A MORIR, a Spanish language film nominated for 7 Mexican Golden Globe Awards (las Diosas de Plata), awarded the Best Spanish Language Film Award at the... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2012 2:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
W Hotel, Great Room 3

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