We’re excited to announce the recipients of the 5th annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. The program is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing mentorship and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives. Past ScreenCraft Fellowship winners have optioned their projects with studios and signed with top Hollywood representatives at United Talent Agency, CAA, WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Paradigm Talent Agency, ICM, Bellevue Productions and more.
Selected from over 2,100 applicants worldwide who submitted features and pilots, the ScreenCraft Fellowship includes lodging at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, round-trip travel to Los Angeles for a week of meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to major studio executives, literary agents, managers and top film and TV producers.
Nearly all ScreenCraft Fellowship winners have gone on to receive offers for representation from top literary managers, and many past recipients have sold their projects to studios and been hired for open screenwriting assignments. We are excited to see these talented writers take the next step in their emerging careers. (Watch Panel: How the ScreenCraft Fellowship Helps Screenwriters)
This year, the recipients will be meeting with executives at five major studios:
- Cate Adams, Development Executive at Warner Brothers, the studio behind such films as Inception, Creed and Wonder Woman and television series The Big Bang Theory and Westworld.
- Jonathan Wu, Development Executive at Fox, the studio behind such films as Deadpool and Logan and such television shows Empire and The Simpsons.
- Mika Pryce, Development Executive at NBC Universal, the studio behind such films as Jurassic World and Get Out and television series This Is Us and Law & Order.
- Steven Douglas-Craig, Development Executive at Sony Pictures, the studio behind such films as Skyfall and Men In Black and television series Breaking Bad and The Goldbergs.
- Kyle Benn, Development Executive at Lionsgate, the studio behind such films as La La Land and The Hunger Games and television series Mad Men and Nashville.
- Lawrence Grey, film and television producer of Last Vegas (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas), horror blockbuster Lights Out and Hope Springs (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell).
Without further ado, the recipients are:
Brock Newell, feature screenplay Ravenous
Davia Carter, drama pilot Double Time Dames
Georgina Love, feature screenplay Pig
In Ravenous, a fresh take on the cabin in the woods horror genre, Jake Sanders invites his new girlfriend, Miri, on a camping trip with all of his friends only to realize she is a cannibal who intends to kill all of them. Masterfully wielding the horror genre conventions, Ravenous is a story of love, acceptance, honesty and friendship at its core.
Double Time Dames, a one-hour drama set in the jazz age, tells the story of a brilliant female trumpeter who sheds her life of abusive men and attempts to start an all-female band as an Italian mob tries to stake their claim in her town. The lead, Jo, is a beautifully drawn character, whose sense or purpose, motivation, and morality are an absolute pleasure to watch.
Pig, a moving sci-fi feature, follows an experimental scientist as he raises a sentient pig as a mirror image of his terminally ill son, but when the pig learns his “father’s” plans have a sinister bent, he fights to resist the inevitable. With deep characters and an impeccable pathos, the writer pushes the story beyond its original concept to pluck at your heartstrings.
The runners-up of the 5th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship reflect a distinctive slate of genres and voices. This year’s talented finalists are listed alphabetically by author.
The other finalists are:
Balance by Edward Klau
Bandits, Bullets and a Whole Lotta Bad! by Phillip Rogers
Behind You by Olney Atwell
Dark Horizons by Carlo Carere & Erin Carere
Escort Boot Camp by Gary Sharp
Get it Together by Matthew Ryan
Gramercy Park by Toni Ann Johnson
Hard Dead Nazi Dick by William Luke Schreiber & Emily Winter
Iron Maiden by Travis Opgenorth
Kids of the Black Hole by Nate O’Mahoney
Lineage by Kathy Patterson
No Show by Dennis Baxter
Outmoder by Azhur Saleem
Plan B by Paige Gresty
Ravenous by Brock Newell
Relentless by Jay Fisher
Single-Sex by Claire Bostrom
Six Letter Word by Lisanne Sartor
The American by Vanessa Carmichael
The Divinity Cycle by Nelson Downend
The G.O.A.T. by Sid Grey
The Heart of a Tiger by SreyRam Kuy
The Last Days of Last by João Figueiredo
The 6th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship will open for applications in September.