May Is National Screenwriters Month

Posted on February 22, 2003

The American Screenwriters Association announced that it has established May as National Screenwriters Month. The month's activities are designed to recognize the critical role screenwriters play in the entertainment industry from feature films, television shows and video games, to documentaries and large-screen films (Omnimax, IMAX).

To celebrate National Screenwriters Month, the American Screenwriters Association will host its 16th Annual International Screenwriters Conference in New York City, a four-day writing conference providing educational workshops and marketing opportunities featuring producers, agents and industry experts. The American Screenwriters Association's conference was established in 1986.

"The philosophy of having a national screenwriting month is in harmony with our organization's mission," said John E. Johnson, ASA Executive Director. "It's a wonderful opportunity to accomplish our goals of breaking down the walls between the people writing scripts and those who can get them produced, and to focus attention on the thousands of men and women who perpetuate the art of screenwriting for the world's entertainment and enlightenment."

May also features the annual Screenwriting Hall of Fame Awards, presented by the American Screenwriters Association, featuring top entertainment industry leaders recognized for the contributions to art of screenwriting. Previous Screenwriting Hall of Fame inductees include Emmy-nominated Lew Hunter (Fallen Angel); award-winning screenwriter, director and producer Harold Ramis ( Analyze This, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Stripes, Animal House), and Dorothy C. Fontana (Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Waltons, Dallas, Streets of San Francisco, Six Million Dollar Man, Big Valley, Bonanza, Then Came Bronson, Here Come the Brides, and Kung Fu). Additionally, the American Screenwriters Association will continue to honor the late David Angell (who perished in the September 11 attacks with his wife Lynn) with the David Angell Humanitarian Award. The award is presented to an individual in the entertainment industry who contributes to the community at large through their selfless donation of time, expertise, or other support to improve the human condition. Mary Tyler Moore was the first recipient in 2002 for her work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.