The 28th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Gréasán na Méan Skillnet, is delighted to announce that Kirsten Smith will be the subject of this year’s Screenwriters Masterclass.

Upon realizing she couldn’t exactly make a living as a poet unless she was dead,Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith turned her attentions toward her other love: movies. She attended NYU’s film program and upon graduating from Occidental College, she worked at CineTel Films, where she received her first screen credit on the ‘sextravaganza’ Poison Ivy 2, for a poem she contributed to the script. All that studying had finally paid off – she was having her literary work published in a straight-to-video movie!

It was at CineTel that Kiwi met her screenwriting partner, Karen McCullah. They began plotting their first script together the night they met (February 5th, 1996, in case you’re interested) on some margarita-soaked cocktail napkins. Since then, they have written over 30 scripts together. Smith has co-written Legally Blond, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man, Ella Enchanted, The House Bunny and more. She has also written and directed two short films, The Spleenectomy, and The Multi-Hyphenate, both starring Anna Faris, and executive produced Whip It, starring Ellen Page and Kristin Wiig.

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