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No other screenwriting program has had the consistent, high impact success that the ScreenCraft Fellowship has had. With the support of ScreenCraft, former fellows have been hired to write film and television by Netflix, Apple TV+, ABC, The CW, Amazon, FX, NBC, USA, Hulu, and more. The ScreenCraft Fellowship doesn't just give out awards -- it starts writing careers.
The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is a program designed to provide career guidance with personalized plans of action and thoughtfully curated industry meetings for emerging screenwriters. It is a growing and thriving community of talented screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry mentors.
You'll be in good company. Check out several Fellowship Alumni from previous years.
"When all our hopes and dreams rely on someone opening a door for us, well…a gentle knock on the right door is louder than banging on all doors. Winning ScreenCraft Fellowship jump-started my career. They immediately understood where I wanted to go, and what I needed and they worked with me as if my dream was theirs."
"As creators we often think about the movies and tv shows we loved growing up, and idolize those very people who made them. The great thing about ScreenCraft is once you win, those idols of yours officially become your colleagues. The transition from fan to fellow filmmaker is strategic and nurturing. With each introduction and meeting your web grows and your dream has now become your career. The networking at this organization is invaluable."
"I can’t begin to express how beneficial the ScreenCraft Fellowship was for my career. It put me in rooms I would have never otherwise gotten into. It gave me valuable experience pitching my projects. It helped land me a manager. And the ScreenCraft staff, specifically John and Cameron, have been my relentless cheerleaders ever since."
"The Fellowship week of meetings was invaluable; I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have a career without it. I had the opportunity to sit down with executives at Netflix, Universal, and Bad Robot, and those dozen-plus meetings I took taught me something that would have taken years to learn without ScreenCraft: meeting etiquette and becoming more confident pitching myself as a writer."
"ScreenCraft gave me a much-needed boost of confidence at a moment when I felt discouraged and stagnant in my career. With that new surge of energy and validation, I was able to recommit to my work and regain a sense of purpose and hope."
"Through the people I met during the ScreenCraft Fellowship, I signed with a literary manager, moved to Los Angeles, and began to connect my creative instincts to people who actually make movies as their day job. It accelerated everything. The ScreenCraft Fellowship week also introduced me to a development assistant at a major production company who, after he was promoted, and based upon his love for my ScreenCraft-winning script, brought me in three years later to pitch for a feature film writing assignment. The world needs fresh voices fighting to tell stories that bring us together, and challenge us to examine what continues to divide us. I tell you with all sincerity, ScreenCraft is seeking to not only discover those voices, but help nurture and connect them to the world."
"There is going to be that moment where the timeline splits and it puts us down that path of being a working, professional writer. For me, the ScreenCraft Fellowship was what made that possible. John and Cameron chose me as one of the winners, and made the introduction to my incredible manager at 3Arts which led to other successes including being staffed as a writer on a critically acclaimed Netflix series, selling my TV pilot script to a studio and signing with 3 agents at UTA."
Whether in person or virtual, the program is designed to not just make introductions, but facilitate relationships. You'll be expanding your network in meaningful ways with writers, execs, and representatives who want to work with you.
We setup meetings for you to meet with award-winning screenwriters, studio executives, and literary agents and managers.
Personalized strategies to craft your branding, portfolio, and soft skills. We’ll share latest industry insights, and ensure you are industry ready.
On top of Fellowship Consultations and Fellowship Week, we’ll be connecting you with our wider industry network.
Julie Plec is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of THE ORIGINALS, LEGACIES and co-creator of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, that ran for eight seasons and more than 300 episodes. She is also an Executive Producer of ROSWELL, NM on the CW, upcoming THE GIRLS ON THE BUS with Greg Berlanti, and recently signed an overall deal with Universal Television.
David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. David and his writing partner Charlie Wachtel are currently penning an action-thriller called THACHER ISLAND for Berlanti Productions, which is an adaptation of the book Animal by NY Times bestselling author Casey Sherman.
JAVIER "Javi" GRILLO-MARXUACH is a prolific writer of television, movies, comic books, essays, and interactive media best known as one of the Emmy Award-winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020) and as creator of the comic book and ABC Family television series The Middleman.
ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Week provides an intensive week of invaluable industry access and professional networking opportunities for emerging writers to succeed.
**based on 2019 meeting slate. Due to industry availability, some meetings may be scheduled after Fellowship Week.
By getting a fresh set of eyes on your story, you may get some new ideas for ways to pitch your screenplay.
It's important to understand how somebody else experiences your story on the page.
By opting for written feedback, you're guaranteed to get great value from this competition.
The reading and judging of the scripts will be based on the following criteria:
In addition to the scoring criteria for the script, ScreenCraft will conduct interviews and send questionnaires to learn more about the entrant, their voice, perspective, and goals to help identify the winning projects. Top scripts are read by the industry jury who votes for their favorite scripts at their sole discretion.
Criteria for Winners and Finalists: