A panel of film industry professionals provide feedback to screenwriters during CASCADIA’s Script Studio.


One of the most popular events at CASCADIA’s ‘in person’ festival is the Script Studio. Free of charge and open to the public, Script Studio provides screenwriters selected from submissions the opportunity to hear their scripts read by an ensemble of actors and receive feedback from our panel of film industry professionals. For our audience, it’s a chance to learn through listening to the discussion at what makes a well-written script to ultimately become a finished film.  Many scripts that have gone through our Script Studio process have, in fact, become award-winning short fllms.

“CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival’s Script Studio was a very enriching experience for me at a key moment in the development of a short film project I’ll be producing this fall, ” says writer Laura Sweeney, “The feedback about my script given by the panel and festival attendants was invaluable. The most amazing gift was to be a female screenwriter surrounded by other top notch women creatives..”

This year, the Script Studio will take place on a ‘live” Zoom webinar in two separate sessions; Saturday, May 15 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Links to both sessions will be available on the Festival Schedule on the website.

2021 Writers and Panelists
Scripts and writers selected this year are: “Murphy’s Life,” by Cathleen Trope; “In a Breath,” by Ally May; “Wild Bird,” by Nicole Groton and “The North Bridge,” by Kimberly Buikema.

Guest panelists include: Mary Lou Belli, two-time Emmy winning director; Mel Damski, Emmy and Oscar nominated director; and Claudette Sutherland, Los Angeles-based creative writing coach and actress. CASCADIA Board member, playwright and Script Studio coordinator Dan Larner will moderate.







CASCADIA’s 2021 Screenwriters from top left: Nicole Groton, Kimberly Buikem, Cathleen Trope and Ally May.