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New York Women In Film & Television Presents:


The Women On Writing Lab Produced With The Generous Support Of Academy Award Winner And NYWIFT Muse Honoree Meryl Streep


NEW YORK, NY (APRIL 30, 2015)New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is taking further action to advocate for the underrepresented voice of women in American cinema by initiating The Writers Lab. The only program of its kind across the world, The Writers Lab has been created to provide script development for women writers over the age of 40 and grant them a springboard to the next stage of production, expanding the boundaries of narrative film.  Funded by legendary icon and long-time NYWIFT collaborator Meryl Streep, The Writers Lab will be organized by NYWIFT and IRIS, a NYC collective of women in film and television.

The Writers Lab will select eight promising female screenwriters over 40 for a three-day intensive script development retreat with eight acclaimed mentors. The Lab will take place on Lake George in upstate New York at the historic Wiawaka Lodge, the oldest and longest continuously operating retreat for women in America, created in 1903.

The eight mentors attached to the first Lab, slated for September 18-20, 2015, will include: Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blond, Ten Things I Hate About You), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood, Me and You and Everyone We Know), pending scheduling.

“After decades of ageism and sexism in our culture and in film, the potent voices of mature women are in danger of being lost entirely,” says Terry Lawler, Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television. She adds, “Women must address this inequality by taking ownership of our cultural narrative, which is why NYWIFT has joined forces with a new collective of powerful creatives in establishing The Writers Lab.”

The Lab will accept submissions May 1- June 1, 2015, and will announce the eight winning female screenwriters on August 1.  Submissions must be feature-length, fictional narrative scripts of any genre written by women over the age of 40, who are American citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

IRIS is a collective of women filmmakers, is founded by Kyle Ann Stokes, Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon to champion the female voice in narrative film.

Meryl Streep has been a long time supporter of New York Women in Film & Television, dating back to 1983 when Streep was honored with a MUSE Award in recognition of her outstanding vision and achievement.

For more information, please visit: www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=5503

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts