Spark realizes how patiently everyone who is in consideration for the Women's Writing Festival has been waiting for updates and we are here to provide those for you:
We have received and read over 330 plays over the course of the COVID-19 lockdown. We have witnessed an explosion of creative energy and compelling stories and were able to create opportunities for local actors to collaborate with our review committee and take part in over 80 hours worth of your short play readings via ZOOM. Their performances, artistic opinions and input assisted us in choosing the most diverse narratives for us to present. If you have not yet received a notification it could mean that your play is still in consideration. We have not forgotten you!
How did we Score Each Play?:
All plays were read aloud by actors over ZOOM sessions and given an averaged score based on a selecting committee's scoring system. If your play was awarded a ZOOM reading it scored VERY well! If your play was selected your play made it into our top ranking! :-)
The initial date of August 7, 8, & 9th was beginning to feel unrealistic with our current health crisis and because of that we have decided to expand our festival over the next year. Prepping, producing, rehearsing, ZOOM recording, and now, filming. Due to current pandemic and lockdown limitations we feel that it is safe to say we will be able to showcase these scripts in the Summer of 2021 in a larger crowd. We plan to make this a year long project with multiple showcases & viewing dates. The exact dates will be released later in the year when we have more information on the current pandemic re-openings and each writer will be informed accordingly. In the meantime we have added a production tier to our event which are ZOOM readings of our runner up plays which we will release on a weekly basis leading up to our NEW main event, Spark Creative Works "Film de Femme" Festival.
The Covid-19 Game Plan (Film de Femme Festival... Whaaaaat?!):
The safety of our actors, crew, and audiences will always come first. Due to COVID-19 we have had to reimagine our project quite a bit to keep ourselves and all involved safe during the duration of it. Still, it is our mission to make sure women's voices are heard and we've put our heads together to come up with a new course of action.
We have decided to reimagine our festival. Instead of having live events we will adapting our selected play scripts to film scripts and changing our final live performances into a film festival pending each chosen writer's approval. We will be filming 25 of our top ranking play submissions. This change will help us spread out our potential audience members, showcase dates, and will help limit our person-to-person contact during production. As you can imagine, this will take a bit longer to produce and will require a bit more fundraising on our end. The saying "patience is a virtue" certainly applies to us all during these uncertain times, however, with patience and dedication we are certain this festival will be a success. If selected you will be receiving a copy of your produced film, directed by a woman and cast with local NY talent.
To all who submitted:
Thank you for your submission and for believing in our mission to provide more opportunities for women and to help get more work by women produced.
Please follow us on our social media outlets for updates regarding this project! We will showing our "Runner-Up" ZOOM play readings on our various platforms throughout the year, leading up to our main event. We will also be hosting several fundraisers if you're interested in helping our mission be as successful as possible. :-)
We hope you will sign on to support and watch the work of your fellow women playwrights.