Frequently Asked Questions

 Got a question about WGFestival 2019? Click on the sections below or scroll through to get the answers to all things about our writing conference! Still got questions? Email us at wgfestival@wgfoundation.org.

General Questions

Q: When is WGFestival 2019? 

A: WGFestival will take place from March 30-31st, 2019. This year’s festival kicks off at 7:30PM on Friday, March 29 with Inside the Writers Room with Jane the Virgin at the Writers Guild Theater. The full festival begins at the Pickford Center at 10AM Saturday and ends with a screening and Q&A from 6:30PM-9PM. Sunday’s events run from 10am to 5pm.

Q: Where is WGFestival 2019?

A: It’s at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. Cross streets are Vine St., between Fountain Ave. and De Longpre Ave. 

Q: Where can I buy passes?

A: Passes are now on sale at Eventbrite!

Q: Who can come to WGFestival 2019? Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

A: Almost anyone and everyone who has an interest in writing for the screen! WGFestival is open to the public, not just WGA members. However, due to the advanced nature of the discussions that take place at WGFestival, the Festival is an 18 and older event. Our networking reception is open to all passholders, but you must be 21 or older to receive a drink wristband.

Q: What should I bring? 

A: A positive attitude, an inspired spirit, and something to write with and on. Laptops and tablets are cool, but some workshops may require actual handwriting. We’ll have a charging station in the Pickford lobby if you choose to bring an electronic device. Our food trucks accept cash and credit cards, but it’s also a good idea to bring water bottles and snacks. 

Q: Will food be available?

A: Food trucks will be available on-site during each day’s lunch break. If you’d like other options, there are fast food and sit-down options along Vine St. and Sunset Blvd. There will also be plenty of food and drinks at the networking reception on Saturday at 5pm.

Q: Can I eat or drink inside WGFestival 2018? 

A: No food or drinks are allowed inside the Linwood Dunn Theater. However, you may bring drinks and snacks into the workshop rooms. 

Q: Can I go in and out of the Pickford Center throughout WGFestival? 

A: Yes, but keep your badge close. You must wear your badge in order to regain entrance to the Pickford Center. 

Pass & Ticketing Questions

Q: What are my options for purchasing a pass? 

There are several passes available for purchase online for WGFestival 2019.

The Marquee Pass is the ultimate pass for WGFestival attendees. The Marquee Pass grants immediate access to our online Breakout Session registration, access to all keynotes, screenings, and events in the Pickford Center, access to the VIP pre-reception and admission into our Friday night kick-off event Inside the Writers Room with Jane the Virgin, and access to our networking reception. Marquee Pass holders will also receive an exclusive gift bag filled with sweet merch! 

The Classic Pass grants access to all keynotes, screenings and events in the Pickford Center, access to our online Breakout Session registration on Friday, February 15 at 12PM PST, admission to our Friday night kick-off event Inside the Writers Room with Jane the Virgin, and access to our networking reception.  

The Linwood Dunn Day Passes allow entry to panels taking place in the Linwood Dunn Theater. The Saturday Pass grants access to Behind the Scenes with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Writing for Change: Addressing Social and Political Issues on TV, along with access to our Networking Mixer. The Sunday Pass grants access to Emotional Storytelling: Creating Complex Characters You Care About with Meg LeFauve and the Pitch Competition. 

Q: Can I buy individual tickets to WGFestival events?

We have several options to attend certain events within WGFestival. We are selling general admission tickets for Inside the Writers Room with Jane the Virgin, our Friday kick-off event at the Writers Guild Theater.

We’re also selling Linwood Dunn Day Passes for both Saturday and Sunday. These passes give you access to our day panels taking place inside the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center.

Q: Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? 

The name provided for the attendee must match the person who attends. If you are purchasing on behalf of someone, you must fill out the attendee's name and email underneath the Ticket Information heading on the checkout page. If you wish to change the name of the attendee prior to WGFestival, please email us at wgfestival@wgfoundation.org no later than Friday, March 22 at 5PM EST.  If the same name is provided for both tickets, you will not be able to register more than once for any breakout session.

Q: What's the refund policy? 

Per our Event Ticket Policy, we do not offer refunds for our passes. All ticket sales are final.  

Q: I purchased a Classic Pass but would like to upgrade to the Marquee Pass. Is this possible? 

Yes! You can upgrade your pass by visiting our event page and altering your order. You will be charged the difference in cost when purchasing a Marquee Pass. To learn how to upgrade your pass, click here

Q: How do I receive my pass?

In order to retrieve your official pass, you must bring your Eventbrite ticket with you to WGFestival. You can pick up your pass at early registration on Friday, March 29 prior to our opening night event at the Writers Guild Theater. You can also check-in starting at 9am on Saturday, March 30. Registration on Saturday and Sunday will be located at the Main Lobby Entrance of the Pickford Center on Vine St. 

Q: Can I update my registration information? 

Yes! You are able to update your general registration information in Eventbrite. To learn how to update your information, click here.

Breakout Sessions Questions

Q: What are breakout sessions? 

Breakout sessions range from panels and lectures to interactive workshops and seminars focused on the business and craft of writing for film and TV. We’ve programmed a total of 20 breakout sessions at WGFestival across 4 two-hour blocks, providing intimate venues for attendees to explore specific topics in-depth.

Our Anatomy of a Screenplay Sessions will analyze the three-act structure over the course of four workshops.

Our Writers on Genre Sessions will explore writing specifically for Animation, Horror, Crime/Mystery, and Action/Adventure.

Our Interactive Breakout Sessions employ a hands-on approach to building skills that are helpful for writers. These sessions may require active participation from their attendees.

Our Business of Writing Breakout Sessions explore the business side of the film and TV industries, with panel discussions on topics such as finance, law, development, and talent representation.

Q: Who gets to attend breakout sessions?

Marquee Pass and Classic Pass holders can register for our breakout sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Marquee Pass includes access to breakout session registration immediately after purchasing. The Classic Pass breakout session registration opens on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Noon PST. Space is limited for some breakout sessions, so make sure to buy your passes early!

Q: How do I register for breakout sessions? 

This year we're happy to use Sched to process workshop sign-ups ahead of the event! 

Upon purchasing a WGFestival pass, passholders will automatically be redirected to our schedule to register for a Sched account. Marquee Pass holders are eligible to register for all Special Events, Breakout Sessions, and our Networking Mixer immediately after purchasing the Marquee Pass.

For Classic Pass holders, registration for Breakout Sessions opens on Friday, February 15th at Noon PST. Classic Pass holders are able to immediately book their seats for Special Events, Linwood Dunn Panels, and the Networking Mixer upon purchase.

To book your Breakout Sessions, simply sign in to your Sched account and click on the checkbox circle next to the breakout session you want to attend. To finalize your selections, click on the black “Saved to My Sched” button in the lower left-hand corner. You will have the option to view your schedule via e-mail or via the Sched mobile app.

Q: How do I check to see if certain breakout sessions are full?

You can view the WGFestival 2019 schedule any time by visiting our Schedule page. Any event that’s labeled with a black OPEN box is available. Any event that’s labeled ALMOST FULL has limited seating left. Any event marked FULL is closed for registration.

Q: What if the breakout sessions I want to attend are full? 

Breakout Sessions availability are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your desired session is unavailable, give another session a try.

Q: I would like to change what breakout sessions I am signed up for. Is this possible? 

Yes! You can change your schedule by logging in to your Sched account any time before Friday, March 22 at 5PM PST. Please make sure the sessions you want to change to are open and available before altering your registration.

Pitch Competition Questions

Q: I want to pitch my project for the Pitch Competition! How do I enter?

A: First, register for the Pitch Competition on Sched after purchasing your pass. The Pitch Competition is open to Marquee, Classic, and Linwood Dunn Sunday Day Pass holders.

Upon entering the Linwood Dunn Theater on the day of the Pitch Competition, you will be handed a ticket if you are interested in entering the pitch competition. We'll kick off the session with a 15-20 minute discussion with our panel of judges on what makes a good pitch before calling out 10 ticket numbers to pitch for 2 minutes each. If your ticket number is called and you do not step forward, you forfeit your turn to pitch. Judges will provide feedback for each pitch and the top 3 winning pitches will be chosen.

Q: Can I observe the Pitch Competition without having to enter the competition?

A: Yes! If you are not interested in entering the competition, do not take the lottery ticket at the door. You will still have to register for the Pitch Competition in your Sched account in order to be admitted.

Q: What are the prizes for the winners?

A: Prizes for the top winner include meetings with WME’s Christopher Lockhart and with screenwriter and producer Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy), along with prizes from our sponsors. Stay tuned for more info!

Terms and Conditions

By participating in the WGFESTIVAL PITCH COMPETITION 2019, you release THE WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION, THE WGFESTIVAL 2019, THE WGFESTIVAL PITCH COMPETITION JUDGES AND PITCH COMPETITION MODERATOR, and THE WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, and ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE WGFESTIVAL 2019, PARTNERS OF THE WGFESTIVAL 2019, and SPONSORS OF THE WGFESTIVAL 2019 and all their subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, representatives, employees, and volunteers from any and all liability stemming from your participation and the public display of your idea and/or work.

Parking and Transportation Questions

 

Q: Where is WGFestival 2019?

WGFestival 2019 is hosted at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study at 1313 Vine Street, located between Fountain Avenue and De Longpre Avenue. 

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the Pickford Center? 

Public parking is available one block away at the ArcLight Hollywood complex for up to $20 a day. There is also metered street parking on neighboring streets, but we suggest you read street signs very carefully.

To avoid all parking drama, we highly suggest using a ride share app such as Uber or Lyft. You can also check out ParkMe for other parking options in the area.