It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Susan Walter - United States
The Screenwriter Award
Writer - Director
Susan Walter is the recipient of TheWIFTS Screenwriter Award 2017. Her Directorial debut, A Little Something For Your Birthday, starring Sharon Stone, Tony Goldwyn, Famke Janssen and Ellen Burstyn is a sensitive, heartwarming and poignant reflection of relationships and the complexity of understanding between the genders.
Susan Walter’s directorial debut, A Little Something For Your Birthday, which she also wrote, made the Hollywood Blacklist of most-liked scripts, and the film was unveiled internationally at Cannes 2017; its USA domestic distribution is scheduled for March 2018.
Walter spent her youth working her way up the Hollywood ladder, taking the longest road possible to become a filmmaker, which she did (finally!) in the spring of 2017. After graduating Harvard, Susan got her (humbling) start as an Assistant Director Trainee on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Amongst her other credits as an Assistant Director are Naked Gun 33 1/3 (Pete Segal), Chasers (Dennis Hopper) and Alien Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet).
Working also in television, Susan worked with some of the industry’s top comedy directors including Jimmy Burrows, Andy Ackerman and Thomas Schlamme on shows such as Cheers, Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, Dharma and Greg, Party Girl, and Temporarily Yours.
For eight glorious years making a living honing her skills on crafts services, Susan ventured above the line, writing and directing a short film entitled Rubbernecks, produced by 20th Century Fox. Upon its completion, with seed money from Wall Street, she co-founded iStar Entertainment where she produced and directed original content for the Internet long before it was the thriving industry it is today.
Missing the big screens, she left iStar to work as the Director of Development for Kahn-Power Pictures, a boutique production and management company, where during her two year tenure, she helped set up projects at Showtime, HBO, USA Networks and Lifetime television.
Reflecting that writers were having all the fun, Susan Walter left her job to write full time. She sold her first script, a screen adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, to the Hallmark Channel, and her second, high-concept rom com Seven Year Switch, to Sony.
Walter went on to write a family comedy, The Big Change, for Paramount Pictures and producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, and a father-daughter comedy for New Line Cinema entitled Daddy’s Girl. An indie comedy spec she wrote called Eden on Fire sold to Chapman Filmed Entertainment, and her comedy spec Babymoon was set up at Patriot Pictures with Bobby Farrelly attached to direct.
Susan Walter recently adapted the New York Times bestselling memoir, Data: A Love Story, for Pie Films, and has also written two television pilots, Confessions of a Back-Up Dancer for Warner Bros. & The CW and Four Corners for ABC.
Susan Walter is repped by The Gersh Agency and Attorney Alex Kohner.