Announcing The 3rd Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Recipients

by ScreenCraft on May 16, 2016

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2015 – ScreenCraft is excited to announce the recipients of the 3rd annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. Presented by Final Draft, the fellowship is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives.

The recipients are:

  • Dante Russo, for his half-hour pilot Haters
  • Nancy Duff, for her hour pilot Dead Drop
  • Heidi R. Willis, for her feature Black Sunday

Hatersa biting dramedy, centers on Kimberly Noh, a self-destructive millennial who discovers that not much has changed when she returns home to Long Island for the funeral of her high school best friend and former ringleader of her disparate clique of “haters.” Disillusioned by the reality of adulthood, she discovers that confronting the past she’s been trying to escape is the only way to take charge of her future.

In Dead Drop, 14-year-old Alexandra Sawyer finds herself placed in Gilbert Hall after her father suddenly goes missing. To outsiders, Gilbert Hall is a group home. To the GH5 Special Forces unit of the CIA, it’s a highly guarded safe house for orphaned offspring of the CIA’s elite. Alexandra must now come to terms with the startling truth about her parents while being trained with her peers as a junior agent and pursuing her own agenda.

Based on true events, Black Sunday tells the harrowing story of a Depression-era family that gets trapped in their rural Oklahoma farm house by the worst dust storm in U.S. history, only to find their safe haven turned into a house of horrors when they take in two disturbed drifters seeking shelter from the storm.

Selected from over 2,000 writers who submitted features and pilots globally, Russo, Duff and Willis will each receive a $1,000 writing grant and be gathered in Los Angeles to meet the following mentors: Geoffrey Fletcher, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Precious and Violet & Daisy; Diana Ossana, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Brokeback Mountain; Robert Moresco, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby; Lawrence Grey, producer with two recent seven-figure spec sales to his credit; Michael Colleary, award-winning writer of Face/Off, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Firehouse Dog; and Ari Lubet, literary manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the company behind such TV shows as Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, Louie, The Mindy Project, Silicon Valley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and more. 


Left to right: Geoffrey Fletcher, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Precious and Violet & Daisy; Diana Ossana, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Brokeback Mountain; Robert Moresco, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby.



As announced in the Hollywood Reporter here.

These winning writers will also meet with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm) to discuss their projects. They will also receive complimentary passes to Robert McKee’s legendary STORY seminar in either LA, NYC or London, and three months of one-on-one consultation and creative development with the ScreenCraft team and network of entertainment industry mentors. 

The full list of semi-finalists is posted here.

The runners-up of the 3rd Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship reflect a distinctive slate of genres and voices and are listed as follows:


Angel In The Marble by Jason Pittock

Blackland Salvage by Cullen Metcalf-Kelly

Butterfly Children by Melanie Schiele

Deadtention: Deader Than Dead by Casey DeVargas

Dig by Melanie Toast

Elle by Kaitlin Puccio

Fairfax & Waldo Fly The Coop! by Zeke Farrow

Faithful by Eric Schneider

False Flag by Mathew Grodsky

Gagarin by Robert D. Cain

Incurable by Jeff York

Kingwood by Gus Avila

Oliver Clark & The Future Unknown by Nick Shepherd & Toni Wynne

Ripple by Heather Faris

Sweet Souls Atrocious by Tracey Bradey

Terminal Doubt by J.C. Carleson

The Appeal by Yoav Potash

The Courage Inside by Melissa Emery

The Fairer Sex by Lori J. Rowton

The Scoundrels Club by Jeff York

True Fiction by Braden Croft

Where The Men Are by Wendy Wilkins

Winters of Kashmir by Danish Renzu

Virtual Witness by Diana Osberg


Berkeley by Nadia Selvaggi

Chasing Rainbows by Micah Cohen

Coldwater by Craig Berger

Hoover's Men by Chris Cornwell

Patient by M. Rowan Meyer

Reconstruction by Jeff Bower

Safety Force Squad by Brian Barnes & Matthew Merenda

Savage by Stephanie Bousley

Shining City by Douglas Stark

Socio-Pam by Rowan Wheeler

The Relief by Ross Denyer

Use Your Words by Julia Batavia

ScreenCraft is a screenwriting consultancy, discovery platform and media producer dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers advance their careers.

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