Celebrate great screenwriting

23 DEC 2020

Franklin Leonard

As a gift for storytellers this festive season, Screen Producers Australia (SPA) today added American producer, cultural commentator and entrepreneur Franklin Leonard to the SCREEN FOREVER program.

Franklin is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the company that celebrates and supports great screenwriting and the great screenwriters behind it through an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays, an online marketplace and screenwriter labs.

More than 400 scripts from the annual Black List survey have been produced as feature films earning 250 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins, including four of the last thirteen Best Pictures and eleven of the last twenty-four screenwriting Oscars.

Franklin has also been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto, Guanajuato, and Mumbai Film Festivals and one of Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Under 35”, Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and was the recipient of the 2019 Writers Guild of America East's Evelyn Burkey award for elevating the honor and dignity of screenwriters.

At SCREEN FOREVER, Franklin will appear in conversation with journalist and author Benjamin Law, as they discuss the Black List and all things independent film. SCREEN FOREVER is taking place at the Gold Coast and online from 16-18 February 2021. Secure your pass here.