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Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, Presented by MovieMaker

Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, Presented by MovieMaker

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Stuti Malhotra

Who: Before Malhotra left it all to pursue her dream of screenwriting, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, a venture capitalist, and a hedge fund investor. Her script Worth won the 2018 Austin Film Festival best Drama Teleplay Pilot Award and was a finalist in the 2018 Page Awards.

How She Got Her Start: I wrote two YA novels and got them in front of publishers in New York, who thought their plotting needed to be tightened. They suggested I take some TV writing classes to help with that. I took those classes and everything seemed to click.”

Biggest Lesson Learned:That experience is the backbone of writing. Before I became a screenwriter, I spent a decade in a totally different industry and thought I was at a disadvantage for it.  What I’ve realized is that those years were not wasted – they are, in fact, the reason I have something to say now. I sometimes feel like it took me forever to find my way to screenwriting, but everything that came before is in fact what helped get me here.”

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