We're excited to announce the recipients of the 8th 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, APA, 3 Arts Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Casarotto Ramsay, Paradigm Talent Agency, ICM, Bellevue Productions, Fourthwall, Think Tank Management and more.
Selected from roughly 4300 applicants worldwide who submitted features and pilots, the ScreenCraft Fellowship includes a week of meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to major studio executives, literary agents, managers and top film and TV producers.
All former ScreenCraft Fellows 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:
Vanita Borwankar, with her TV pilot In The Storm
Dan Williams, with his feature screenplay N.R.A
Etan Muskat, with his TV pilot Consume
Vanita Borwankar draws on her bicultural upbringing and background in psychology to write stories with a focus on characters navigating marginalized identities. Vanita impressed the judges with her unique point of view and strong comedic voice.
In The Storm is a half-hour comedy about a lesbian undergrad with traditionalist Indian parents, who is forced to make a decision when her graduation day brings the news that her ex-lover is marrying her cousin.
Dan Williams enjoys discovering hidden stories and unexpected characters, digging into the research, and ultimately writing projects that provide new perspectives and inspiration. Dan's ability as a writer to bring a real person’s story to life on screen deeply resonated with our judges.
N.R.A is the true story of a whistleblower who risks everything to investigate and expose the rampant corruption at what she thought was her dream employer: the National Rifle Association.
Etan Muskat is a veteran of the live comedy scene in Canada and an alumnus of the Second City Mainstage in Toronto. He also won over our judges with his dynamic storytelling that embraces personal experience as a way to talk about big ideas.
Consume is a half-hour comedy about a neurotic ethics professor who is forced to confront his notions of right and wrong when he finds himself transforming into a vampire.
The applicants for the 8th 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:
Shaun Perry & Jay Perry
The 9th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship will open for applications in October. Click here to subscribe for opening and deadline updates.