(Columbus, OH) – The 2022 FiIm Columbus Teen Screenwriting Workshop and Competition is returning for its sixth year.
The workshops and competition are free for teens ages 13-17 in Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, and Union counties. There are two free workshops held in partnership with Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). The workshops are taught by CCAD staff and provide the basics of screenwriting including format, character development and story arc. After the workshops, the teens are encouraged to submit a 3-5 page script. The scripts are judged by industry professionals, and selected films are ultimately produced with the winning screenwriters joining the production as a producer.
The top two winning scripts will be produced by upper-level students at CCAD during their Collaborative Video class this fall. As was the case last year due to COVID, the workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. “This program continues to garner praise not only around Columbus but across the country,” said Columbus Film commissioner John Daugherty. “A version of the program was adapted to encourage Native American youth to attend workshops last fall with the winning script being read by professional actors from shows like Yellowstone. This all happened during Sundance after the festival had to pivot to an online format.”
CCAD sees the value in partnering with Film Columbus to bring the scripts of the winning students to life. “We continue to find fresh voices and stories where we can shine a light,” said Nella Citino, chair of the film and video department at CCAD. “Columbus has a lot of talented youth who deserve a voice through this outreach program.” The partnership also gives CCAD students the opportunity to mentor high school students.
“It wasn’t that long ago that many of our students were in high school imagining their futures as filmmakers,” said Nicole Monahan, director of corporate & community partnerships at CCAD. “For them to make a young scriptwriters’ vision come to life is deeply rewarding, and offers them the opportunity to both celebrate their growth and share their knowledge in a very meaningful way.”
The screenwriting workshops will be held Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, April 2 from noon-4:00 p.m. Registration is required by clicking here: tinyurl.com/screenwritingworkshop1
About the Greater Columbus Film Commission
The Greater Columbus Film Commission (Film Columbus) aims to grow the film industry in Columbus and central Ohio by creating jobs and providing significant economic impact for the area. Film Columbus strives to build Columbus as a top city for film education, exhibition, and production. Film Columbus is a division of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and is primarily supported by funds provided by the City of Columbus. For more information, visit filmcolumbus.com.
About Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.