As founder of NYCscreenwriter.org, Steven Arvanites heads the largest screenwriting organization in New York City that is free and open to all writers. The mission of this institution is to provide education, support and networking as well as workshops including the acclaimed Industry Chat Series.
A noted teacher, Mr. Arvanites has taught at the Writers Store, Unicorn Writers Conference, Northwest Screenwriters Guild in Seattle, Atlanta Writers club, San Francisco Film Society and a visiting professor at Hollins University teaching their M.F.A. screenwriting program.
Mr. Arvanites is an award winning screenwriter. He has won semi-finalist honors at Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Awards three-times, was a BlueCat winner, Atlanta Screenwriting Competition winner, a Sundance Screen Lab finalist, a Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship finalist, a 2x Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant finalist and was invited to the Cinestory Foundation co-sponsored by the Academy Awards. Additionally, he has placed in 27 other national and international screenwriting competitions. In 2006, he was awarded an Artward Bound residency from the Field, a grant given in recognition of his writing with the sole purpose of creating new material. As a playwright, Mr. Arvanites has been accepted the prestigious Playwright and Director's Unit at the Actor's Studio for the 2014-2015 season.
Mr. Arvanites, whose first narrative feature, I Killed You ‘Cause I Had To, won Best Feature Horror/Thriller at the Dark River Film Festival and the Indie Film Gathering. Also, Cadaver, his Terror Film Festival winning script, was also a winner at the Eerie Horror Film Fest screenplay competition. Helium Man, a short film co-written by Mr. Arvanites, is an official selection of D.C. Short Film Fest, the Beverly Hills Short Film Fest, Atlanta Film Festival & Fort Lauderdale International Film Fest- all 2010. In 2013 he won a full Scholarship to the inaugural 20/20/20 film program at Stony Brook Southampton in association with Killer Films and Christine Vachon.
Additionally, Mr. Arvanites is a film panel moderator and film juror at the Austin Film Festival, the co-host of Reel Talk for HBO's Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and a speaker at the Screenwriters World Conference; additionally, he has also hosted at the IFP's Script To Screen.
He graduated from Fordham University (B.A.) and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. A native New Yorker, Steven resides in Hell's Kitchen. No pets, some roaches.
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Steven has placed or won in the Following Screenplay Competitions
Nicholl Fellowship x 3
Nantucket Film Festival
Dejurassi Screenwriting Fellowship
Free Screenplay Atlanta Film Festival (see video)
Sundance Screenwriters Lab
Austin Film Festival (see video)