Early deadline: November 1 | Regular deadline: December 30 | Late deadline: January 15
The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship has quickly become one of the most important screenwriting talent discovery platforms for the entertainment industry. The chosen recipients will receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings and introductions to key entertainment executives, producers and representatives. To apply, simply submit your feature film script or original television pilot script on this application page. Apply now and join a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to Hollywood mentors.
Past ScreenCraft Fellowship winners have optioned their projects and signed with top representatives at 3Arts, Anonymous Content, Paradigm Talent Agency, ICM, Bellevue Productions and more.
Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Precious and Violet & Daisy
Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Brokeback Mountain
Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby
film producer with two recent seven-figure spec script sales to his credit!
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 — and many more!
Our award-winning jury’s accolades include Oscars, BAFTAS, WGA Awards, Golden Globes and more!
Up To Four (4) Winners Will Receive:
- A $1000 Writing Grant
LA Airfare and Lodging
- Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles*
- Two-night stay in the historic Culver Hotel, host to Hollywood legends from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra!
- Three months of one-on-one consultation and creative development with the ScreenCraft team and network of entertainment industry mentors.
- Meetings with literary agents from top agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm).
- Mentor dinner with our jury including Academy Award-winning screenwriters.
- Lunch meeting with Michael Colleary, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer of such blockbusters as Face/Off and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
- Complimentary passes to Robert McKee’s legendary STORY seminar in either LA, NYC or London
- Complimentary screenwriting software courtesy of Final Draft
*Round trip flight is covered up to $700. In the event that the winner is local to southern California, winner will receive a $500 travel stipend. In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype. The trip will be sometime in early to mid April 2016. All travel details will be coordinated with the fellowship recipients’ schedules, as much as is reasonably possible.
ScreenCraft Fellows are accepted into the program to develop the specific feature or TV script with which they apply, but the Fellowship is designed to allow for development of additional projects as well.
Applications will be evaluated based on overall craft, including story, voice, originality, characterization, structure and dialogue. The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft, will include consultants and development executives from Warner Bros, Lionsgate and Paramount.
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Submit Your Screenplay Here:
- Applicants anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
- Early applications are due by November 1, 2015 with entry fee of $39. Regular entries are due by December 30, 2015, with regular application fee of $59. Late entries must be received before the final deadline on January 15th (at 11:59PM Pacific Time) with application fee of $69. The application fee must be paid in full at the time of the application submission. The application fee is non-refundable.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
- There is no application fee waiver for re-entry of new drafts or corrections (so double-check your script carefully before submitting) A new draft may be submitted as a separate application, to be evaluated separately on its own merits.
- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
- Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). In the case that a writing team is chosen, all writing team members are eligible for the Fellowship.
- It is strongly recommended that material be registered with the WGA and/or the U.S. Copyright Office.
- Writers who have earned more than $20,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year are not applicable.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit. If you want to submit multiple projects, they must be submitted separately with separate entry fees.
- Applicants are not required to live in or relocate to Los Angeles but must be readily accessible via phone, email and Skype for meetings at the conclusion of the Fellowship.
- Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the evaluation period will no longer be eligible.
- Material should be submitted in industry-standard format, font, spacing and margins.
- Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
- Feature Screenplays must be no longer than 140 pages, Drama Television Pilots no longer than 70 pages and Comedy Television Pilots no longer than 40 pages (or 70 pages double-spaced sitcom pilots).
- All material must be submitted in PDF format or it will not be eligible.
- The top finalists will be notified and invited to join a phone interview for the final selection process.
Between 2 and 4 recipients will be awarded (at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft and jury). The selected Fellowship recipients will be notified by e-mail on or about March 1st, 2016. Finalists may be required to submit additional material and sign and return within five (5) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving the award. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP
ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this Fellowship claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this Fellowship. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this Fellowship remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
All entries are non-refundable.
ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE
BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.