The new international Screenwriters' Festivalwill hold a
Festival supporters who will appear at thelaunch include producer Gina Carter, BAFTA chairman Duncan Kenworthy,producer and Stoned director Stephen Woolley, and National Film and
Training body Aristahas come on board as a festival sponsor, alongside organizations including SWScreen, Wiggin, the Learning and Skills Council,Gloucestershire Media Group, Cheltenham Film Studios, Cheltenham Council, and Arturi Films. Arista's Stephen Cleary also joins the board.
"Stephen Clearyand Aristawill provide yet more strength to ouralready distinguished Board todeliverthis great and much needed Festival," said festivaldirectorand Arturi Films producer DavidPearson. "We are getting some keen interest from a number of well known wouldbe sponsors which will help us expand the ambitions of the Festival to providean international forum on stories that travel."
The festival will be devoted to the art, craft,education, and business of writing for the screen, including feature films, TVand new media. The festival will welcome all genres of writing. Screenwriterswho have committed to the festival include Priestscreenwriter Jimmy McGovern and Gosford Park'sOscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes.
Julian Fellowes said,"Actors, dancers, even directors, work ingroups oflike-minded people in the nature of things and that gives them strength. Butwriting is a solitary activity and so the chance to communicate with others inthe same boat, which this festival offers,is not just a relief. There aretimes when it's absolutely essential."