We’re excited to announce the recipients of the 6th 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 nearly 2,500 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.
Without further ado, the recipients are:
Elie El Choufany, with his drama pilot The Long Road
Lucy Luna, with her feature screenplay Sophie & Valentina
Obiageli Odimegwu, with her drama pilot Peculiar Animals
Born in Lebanon at the tail end of a civil war, Elie El Choufany studied film in Beirut and later at The London Film School. In addition to The Long Road, his writing displayed a tremendous sense of humanity and implanted the judges into the vantage of displaced wandering souls seeking acceptance.
Recently selected for the HBO Access Fellowship, Lucy Luna is originally from Mexico. With poetic and deeply personal writing, Luna impressed the judges with a strong understanding of her unique voice, experiences, and identity.
Obiageli Odimegwu is originally from Nigeria but moved to the United States in adolescence and recently graduated from USC’s MFA program. After spending her childhood constantly relocating and attending boarding schools, she mastered the art of telling stories as an outsider in insulated societies. She also won over judges with her fast-paced style and immersive world-building.
The applicants for the 6th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship reflect a distinctive range of genres and voices. In addition to the recipients above, the ScreenCraft team would like to give special recognition to the following talented finalists:
Federico Manachino & Jessica Romagnoli
The 7th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship will open for applications in September. Click here to subscribe for opening and deadline updates.