Screenplay Retreat & Int'l Film Festival!

Amorgos, Greece

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Nov 8 - 14, 2024
Group size: 1 - 25
Screenplay Retreat & Int'l Film Festival!
Amorgos, Greece


Nov 8 - 14, 2024
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

Immerse yourself in the allure of our Screenplay Retreat in Amorgos this November, where creativity meets the Aegean breeze! 


🍂🎬 Extend the magic at the prestigious 15th Annual International Film Festival at the luxurious Aegialis Hotel & Spa. 🏨


📽️ Rub shoulders with global producers and filmmakers in this cinematic paradise!

Envision daily projections against the enchanting Amorgos landscape, co-organized by the Amorgos Cultural Women Association and the Municipality of Amorgos. 🏞️

🌍 A reel extravaganza since 2010, this Festival, a proud member of CIFFT, goes beyond films—it's a celebration of sustainable tourism, green practices, and cultural exchange. 🌿🎥 It's not just a showcase; it's a platform shaping domestic and foreign tourism, encouraging green practices, and fostering global collaboration among filmmakers.


🏛️🌐 Join us for an inspiring journey led by the dynamic duo of innovation and storytelling, Kat Montagu and Rob Wenzek!


📝 Kat Montagu, the brilliant Head of Department at Vancouver Film School, is set to ignite your creative spark. With over two decades of teaching and a bestselling book under her belt, Kat brings unparalleled enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge to our retreat. Unleash your storytelling potential with her guidance and dive into the world of screenplay formatting like never before.


🎬 Rob Wenzek, a trailblazer in unorthodox presentations, has graced stages with Thea-award-winning shows. His expertise extends from captivating multi-screen productions to mentoring aspiring filmmakers at Capilano University. Join us for a cinematic adventure as Rob shares his insights and guides you in crafting compelling screenplays.

 
Pack your scripts, unleash your creativity, and be part of this cinematic journey in the heart of Amorgos. Let Greek hospitality merge with storytelling magic for an unforgettable experience. 🇬🇷💙 Why Amorgos? Unspoiled beauty, diverse hiking trails, crystal-clear waters, and a rich history await. 🌄🏰 Secure your spot now and let your stories unfold in Greece's hidden gem! 🎞️🏝️ 



Kat's and Rob's Biographies

Rob Wenzek,


An entertaining innovator, Rob Wenzek’s work in unorthodox formats and presentations include the Thea-award-winning multi-screen show BOOM for The Britannia Mine Museum, Earth Rangers” for the R.O.M., a unique rotating circular format about the Lake Winnipeg watershed for the Manitoba Museum, and “Blast Off” for NASA's Space Center Houston.

A skilled educator with an MA in Film Production, Rob has mentored hundreds of music videos and award-winning short films at top notch film schools and universities. He teaches almost every aspect of filmmaking from screenwriting to post at Capilano University. He is also the coordinator of CapU's prestigious documentary program. 

Rob completed his first feature film as writer/director, the comedy-drama The Prodigal Dad in 2018, and it went on to festival acclaim. Rob has also directed short films and music videos.

Rob's work as an editor, notably on the feature film Down River (which had 100% on Rotten Tomatoes), has won awards and been broadcast on numerous networks.


Kat Montagu,


Writer and story editor Kat Montagu is the Head of Department for the Vancouver Film School Writing for Film, Television & Games program. Kat has taught screenwriting for over twenty years. Her Career Launch class has prepared countless VFS graduates to work on feature films, in the writers' rooms of TV series, and in video game studios. Her students rave about her enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge, and the high standards she inspires. It’s no surprise that she has won both VFS Instructor of the Year and WIFTV's Leadership in Education Award.

As well as a writer and story editor for film and TV herself, Kat is also the author of the bestselling book The Dreaded Curse: Screenplay Formatting for Film & Television. This twist on the how-to guide demonstrates best practices though a riotous story of two witches (loosely) inspired by her own family history. It is used to teach screenwriting at film schools and universities globally. She’s also the senior story editor for Crazy8s, and co-produced indie feature film The Prodigal Dad as well as many short films.

What’s included

  • 15th Int'l Film Festival
    This option is included (for a fee) when securing your spot for the Screenplay Retreat. Don't miss out on this opportunity to stay 5 more nights at the hotel and mingle with producers and film makers!
  • Transport to/from hotel
    Buses will be waiting to transport you to and from the hotel upon arrival and departure.
  • Accommodations
    All six nights at the Aegilis Hotel and Spa (5-star hotel) are covered in the retreat fee. All rooms have amazing sea views, private entrances, and private balconies.
  • Free Massage!
    One 30-minute relaxing massage included with the retreat.
  • Free use of spa facility
    Sauna, Hamam, Jacuzzi, indoor seawater pool, and gym.
  • Discount at the Spa
    All guests receive a 10% discount on Face and Body treatments at Lalon Idor Spa, and free use of Shalas for yoga.
  • Greek buffet breakfast
    Buffet breakfast is served every day from 8:00 - 10:30 with a wide variety of dishes and beverages: Coffee, tea, juices, jam, cheeses, olives, eggs, warm dishes, seasonal fruits, and more ...
  • Dinner Buffet
    Dinner Buffet Daily: Greek/American dishes. Prepared with organic ingredients, with vegetables grown in the Aegialis garden.
  • Visit the Monastery
    11th-century monastery Hozoviotissa is a wonder that must be seen.
  • Village Tour: Chora
    The ancient village of Chora is a magnificent sight to see, with its historic windmills still adorning the hillside.
  • Hiking Events
    Hikes are optional, and part of the retreat. Transport to and from the hiking locations is included.

What’s not included

  • Flights to/from Greece
    Attendees must find their own way to and from Greece.
  • Ferry tickets
    Blue Star Ferries offers tickets online. Please plan ahead and get your tickets to Amorgos before the retreat begins, and for when the retreat is over.
  • Refreshments, Beverages
    The one thing your fee does not cover are beverages - except those offered during the buffets. Outside of the buffets, all beverages can be charged to your room and settled up upon check-out.
  • Alcohol
    As noted above, all alcohol (even during buffets) can be charged to your room and settled up later.
  • Travel Insurance
    Please investigate what travel insurance works best for you, if needed.
  • Hotel Tax Fee
    There may be a small fee of a few euros when checking out to cover the hotel tax fee the Greek government imposes upon hotels.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (Two or Three People)

BED 1 King/Twin Bed

MAX OCCUPANCY 3 Persons

EXTRA BED 1 Sofa Bed (can be used as a single bed)

VIEW Sea Front

BATHROOM 1 Bathroom with a Double Shower and Hammam

ROOM AMENITIES
  • Smart TV
  • WiFi internet
  • Telephone
  • Air-conditioning
  • 15sqm Veranda with sunbeds
  • Fridge
  • Coffee & tea facilities
  • Kettle & espresso machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe box
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Bathroom amenities (Shampoo & Conditioner, Body Lotion, Vanity Set, Sewing Set, Shaving Set, Toothbrush set)
  • Luxury bedding & linens (Guy Laroche)
  • Free access to the Spa (Sauna, Hammam, Jacuzzi, Swimming pool, Gym)
$1,299
Deposit: $500
Single Room (One Person Room)

SUPERIOR AMORGIAN

Bed Double: 1 King Bed

ROOM AMENITIES

  • Smart TV
  • WiFi internet
  • Telephone
  • Air-conditioning
  • Private balcony/veranda
  • Fridge
  • Coffee & tea facilities
  • Kettle & espresso machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe box
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Bathroom amenities (Shampoo & Conditioner, Body Lotion, Vanity Set, Sewing Set, Shaving Set, Toothbrush set)
  • Luxury bedding & linens (Guy Laroche)
  • Free access to the Spa (Sauna, Hammam, Jacuzzi, Swimming pool, Gym)
$1,499
Deposit: $500

Available options



Itinerary

Day 1
Formatting and Outlining

Kat Montagu - Formatting and Outlining. 

How to plan your feature screenplay or TV pilot, so you know where you're going. The Hero's Journey. Three-Act Structure.

Short Break.

How to format from the first page on so that your work looks professional. (Each attendee will get a copy of Kat's book The Dreaded Curse: Screenplay Formatting for Film & TV.)

Your Organizer


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