Find below the proposed SRN Action Plan for 2019-2020. Other actions may be proposed prior to, and at, the AGM which will take place at the Porto conference. Please contact the Chairperson or Secretary if you have any comments or suggestions.
Screenwriting Research Network: Call for Conferences
The Screenwriting Research Network is looking for proposals to host its International Conferences in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
The Screenwriting Research Network (www.screenwritingresearch.com) is an international research network of scholars, reflective practitioners and practice-based researchers, interested in the conceptualisation of film, TV and other media narratives; or Screenwriting Studies, as it has become known. Membership is currently drawn from 48 countries worldwide and still growing, with strong representation from the USA, Europe and Australasia, and recent members from several other countries, including Latin America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.
The SRN began as a study group at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2006, and started its programme of international conferences in 2008, also at Leeds. Since then annual conferences have been held in Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), Sydney (2012), Madison-Wisconsin (2013), Potsdam-Babelsberg (2014), London (2015), Leeds (2016), Otago-Dunedin in New Zealand (2017) and Milan (2018). A special international conference was also held in Santiago, Chile in May 2015. In 2019 we will meet at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, whereas the 2020 conference will be held in Oxford.
Over the years, the programme has attracted eminent scholars and Oscar-winning screenwriters amongst the keynote speakers, and includes: David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, Kristin Thompson, Torben Grodal, Adrian Martin, Brian Winston, Jonathan Powell, Milcho Manchevski, Larry Gross, Jean-Claude Carrière, Ronald Harwood, Hossein Amini and Neil Landau among many others. Key papers are often published in the Journal of Screenwriting (Intellect).
The SRN conferences usually take place in September/October each year. Recent conferences have attracted 150-175 participants and around 100 papers and presentations. We expect further growth. Our conferences are usually hosted by university departments or film schools, often as a partnership between such institutions; for example, our 2015 London conference was a collaboration between Royal Holloway University of London, University of Greenwich, University of East London and Bangor University, and the 2020 Oxford conference will be co-hosted by Oxford Brookes University and Canterbury Christchurch University. Collaborations with archives or festivals,
writers’ associations or guilds, and other public bodies are welcomed.
Each conference is financially self-supporting with actual costs borne or raised by the host institutions. Sources range from public bodies and institutions to sponsorship of some events, to conference fees from participants. The SRN supports each conference with advice and contacts, but not finance. This is not a profit-making enterprise, and commercial proposals are not accepted.
If you are interested in organizing an SRN annual international conference, please contact the SRN Chairman, Prof. Carmen Sofia Brenes (Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile) at the address below, for further information or for an informal chat. Formal proposals should be received by 30thApril 2019, via email. The proposal should be no longer than four pages, outlining the location and institution, facilities, ease of travel and communication, appropriate organising staff, and an indication of how institutional and financial commitment will be forthcoming. A simple budget should be appended.
For further information or an informal chat (preferably via Skype), contact Prof. Brenes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SRN Executive Council will consider all proposals through Spring/Summer 2019, and may require further information, before making decisions. We hope to complete the process by the end of June 2019 and announce the next Conference in Porto.
The SRN exists to encourage networking among screenwriting scholars and will support and disseminate information about appropriate events. Besides our annual conferences, therefore, there is also the possibility of regional conferences, one-day workshops and other forms of smaller events. If you are planning to organize such an event and want the help and support of the network, please contact us, and the SRN Executive Council will consider how we might help.
We invite you to submit abstracts for the SRN Conference 2019 “Screen Narratives: Chaos and Order”, that will take place between 12th and 14th of September, at School of Arts, Catholic University of Portugal, Porto (Portugal). You can present an individual submission of traditional paper presentations, practice-based presentation, audiovisual essays or a panel submission (traditional presentation or discussion panel). For details and submissions, please see http://artes.porto.ucp.pt/en/SRN2019
As usual, we will also have pre-conference activities in 11th September. We will send you the pre-conference program as well as the keynotes information in a further e-mail.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
All the best,
The Organization Committee
Please find below some general information on the SRN Conference 2018 – Writing for Cinema, Writing for Television:
1. The Conference will take place at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo Fra Agostino Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, from September 13th to 15th , 2018 (9am – around 6pm).
2. The main building of the University, in Largo Gemelli, is just a 5 minutes walk from Sant’Ambrogio Metro station and 10 minutes walk from Cadorna Metro station. Getting around the city by public transportation is very easy and comfortable.
3. Registration is now open (since February 15th), with early bird rate until March 31st and the possibility to book seats for the September 14th social dinner. We strongly encourage to register as soon as possible: the rates after March 31st increase significantly. You will find the link to register on the Conference web page: http://www.unicatt.it/srnconference2018
4. On Wednesday September 12th, in the afternoon, a pre-conference workshop for Ph.D students will take place. It will be an occasion to present their works and the opportunities of practice-based screenwriting PhD. For more details, and for the open call to participate, we will provide updated information in the internet site of the conference before the end of February.
5. Also, we are planning to dedicate a specific panel with some special speakers/guests to screenwriting for animation: more details soon.
Some practical information
6. Please, note: Milan will be hosting the fashion week from September 19, but accommodation can be tight also for the previous days as well as prices could increase. For this reason, we recommend to book your hotel as soon as you can.
7. For delegates arriving the day before the Conference, we are planning a Milanese aperitivo (very light dinner), on the evening of the 12th, from 6.30 to 9 pm. Additional details about menu, prices and location will be updated on the internet site of the conference.
8. If you are planning to do some tourism in Milan in your free time, we suggest some touristic landmarks like Duomo, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio (which is very close to the University), La Scala, Pinacoteca di Brera. Furthermore, very close to the University, near the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, you can visit The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci: we strongly suggest, if you are interested, to book your visit as soon as you can. Entrances are limited to a small number of people per day. At the moment, you can book only until June, but from today to May it is all booked: so you have to check when they open booking for September.
You can find further information for your booking here: https://www.vivaticket.it/index.php?nvpg[tour]&id=744&wms_op=cenacoloVinciano&Language=ENG (please note that on other internet sites different from the official one, prices rise significantly; the normal and official ticket is 10 euro).
9. From the area where the University is located, it is also very easy to go to the Como Lake: there are many trains (more than two per hour) which leave from Cadorna station and arrive exactly in the Lake shores in one hour.
10. More details about the dinner of September 14th will be given soon. We have the possibility to be at the Orti di Leonardo Restaurant, which is very close to the University, in a wonderful location, but we are considering also other possibilities.
Last, but not least, we are very happy (and very proud) to announce our confirmed keynote speakers (more details about their bios and publications on the dedicated page on the site of the conference):
Eleonora Andreatta, Director of Rai Fiction (the area of Tv drama and Tv series of the Italian public broadcaster Rai: 500 hours per year of Tv series)
Paolo Braga, Ph.D., assistant professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where he teaches Writing for Cinema and Television; member of the board of the Master in International Screenwriting and Production at UCSC.
Warren Buckland, Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University.
Daniele Cesarano, Head of Drama RTI-Mediaset group, and screenwriter (Romanzo criminale/Crime Novel, Suburra).
Luisa Cotta Ramosino, Ph.D., creative producer (Medici, Masters of Florence) and screenwriter (Un passo dal cielo, Distretto di polizia).
Neil Landau, Director of the MFA Writing for Television Program at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, and screenwriter (Tad: The Lost Explorer , Capture the Flag, Sheep & Wolves).
For any question or enquiry regarding payments, accommodations, etc.
Phone (+39) 02 7234.5834 (or 7234. 5701)
For any question or enquiry regarding the academic program:
The SRN 2017 International Screenwriting Conference is the first New Zealand conference dedicated to screenwriting and the first to place equal emphasis upon practical and academic approaches to screenwriting. Participants included a number of New Zealand’s top screenwriters and this link between the worlds of practitioners and scholars led to wide-ranging and informative discussions. The conference built on the work of the growing SRN global screenwriting research network, using New Zealand’s unique place in the international screen industry to investigate the challenges the transnational nature of the screen industry poses to local identity and practice. This followed up on discussions opened at the 2015 Chilean SRN conference.
SRN2017 examined how we approach and frame our storytelling, within and from different contexts, and the impacts that screen industry conventions and frameworks have on the nature of stories that are told. It explored cultural and industry conventions, orthodoxies, and claims about what is real and what is truth, as well as the influence of these contexts on storytelling practice(s).
The diverse conference papers and speakers recognised how we justify telling our stories in a particular way and how these parameters affect our work as practitioners and scholars, as well as perceptions of the finished work: for example, why it is important to understand different cultural perspectives which shape the very nature of storytelling in a country such as in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Bringing together visitors and presenters from around New Zealand and abroad allowed for the development and exchange of ideas and perspectives in a unique atmosphere of generosity and creativity, kicked off by the moving welcome from the Māori students from a local high school and the charming farewell from members of the Pasifika community. From the local point of view, it was heartening that so many were willing to travel so far to attend, and the conference is seen as a great success, providing engaging and productive outcomes for all involved. Photos from the conference can be accessed at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1936354696689458&type=3
Writing for cinema. Writing for TV.
Call for Papers
The 11th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will be hosted by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
It will take place from Thursday September 13th to Saturday September 15th, 2018.
Abstracts for original paper presentations and panels may be submitted until December 15, 2017.
Call for Papers
In order to ensure timely notification and subsequent travel planning, please note the deadline: Abstracts for original paper presentations and panels may be submitted until November 22, 2016. This date has been set as it is national vacation time over Dec/Jan in New Zealand and all committee members already have scheduled leave.
The 10th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will be hosted by the University of Otago’s Department of Media, Film and Communication, in partnership with the New Zealand Writers Guild. It will take place in Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand, on Monday 28th through Thursday 31st August 2017.
The final keynote speaker for the 2016 SRN conference is Liz Rosenthal. She is founder and CEO of Power to the Pixel, an organisation that supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age.
For more information on Liz Rosenthal and Power to the Pixel use the following link:
Two additional updates for the conference in Leeds.
In addition to the current schedule, we will be holding an informal get together on the evening of the 7th for delegates arriving the day before the conference. The venue will be the Cuthbert Broderick pub which is on Millennium Square in the centre of Leeds. This is a Wetherspoons where delegates will be able to purchase food if they wish. Members of the organising team will be in the pub from 7.00pm onwards to meet with you.
The Conference Organising Team