A joint program of the Louis B. Mayer Library, AFI Conservatory Screenwriting faculty and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Script Reading Series gives AFI Conservatory alumni from all disciplines the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community.

Written by Sylvia Sether (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2009)

A troubled young woman returns to Norway to say goodbye to her dying father, and in the process, finds deliverance through love and letting go.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Ahmanson Room, Louis B. Mayer Library | AFI Campus
RSVP: Click here

Sylvia's love of music and photography led her to directing and editing music videos, which gave her the opportunity to explore different visual techniques. Ultimately, this helped her develop a distinct narrative style and visual aesthetic, which has become an obvious through-line in her work today.

In 2009, Sylvia was one of eight women to be selected for the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop For Women. Her latest short film KING OF NORWAY (KON) premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest in June 2013 and took home the award for "Best Narrative Short Film" at Napa Valley Film Festival.

KON went on to have a successful festival run, and KON's DP, VanNessa Manlunas, was one of eight honored by the International Cinematographers Guild with an Emerging Cinematography Award for her work on the film. KON is a proof of concept for her feature script NORWAY.

Recently, Sylvia was one of four fellows selected for the 2014 Sony Television Diverse Directors Program. She is currently producing a documentary called WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE about five youth struggling to thrive within the imploding California Foster Care system.

Submission Criteria: AFI Conservatory alumni may submit one (1) screenplay each for consideration. Submissions should be one of the following: a) a feature-length script (of no more than 110 pages); b) a 60-minute TV pilot; or c) a 30-minute TV pilot and one episode. A one-page story synopsis and a 10-page sample of the script must be included with all submissions. All scripts must be unsold and completed after graduation from the Conservatory. Co-authorship by an AFI alumnus/a is required for any script that involves non-alumni writing collaboration. Submissions will be ongoing and only one submission per year per alumnus/a will be considered.

All submissions should be sent electronically to Robert Vaughn, AFI Conservatory Librarian, at [email protected]. A representative of the Selection Committee will notify the writer of the chosen script for each event. Writers will be asked to bring an audience questionnaire for the Q&A.

April 2013 Alumni Script Reading Series of SPEED BUMPS by Neal Thibedeau (AFI Class of 2003).