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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.
2020 Fellow, Signed with Gersh
"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."
2019 Fellow, Signed with manager Kailey Marsh of Brillstein Entertainment Partners
"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."
2018 Fellow, Staffed writer on USA’s TV show QUEEN OF THE SOUTH!
"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."
2017 Fellow, signed with her manager at Writ Large Management and with an agent at WME
"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."
2017 Fellow, hired to write on Netflix series “In From the Cold”
"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."
2014 Fellow, Signed with Manager at Zero Gravity
"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."
2015 Fellow, signed with multiple agents at United Talent Agency and a manager at 3 Arts Entertainment
"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."
The Fellowship Experience.
Occurs October 2021
Airfare and Lodging
All-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles for the Fellowship week.
We set you up at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with dinners and networking events throughout the week.
7 Days of Professional Meetings
We setup meetings for you to meet with award-winning screenwriters, studio executives, and literary agents and managers.
3 Months of Consultation
Personalized strategies to craft your branding, portfolio, and soft skills. We’ll share latest industry insights, and ensure you are industry ready.
ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
On top of Fellowship Consultations and Fellowship Week, we’ll be connecting you with our wider industry network.
Previous Season Mentors
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR and is currently writing the animated ﬁlm MY FATHER’S DRAGON for Netﬂix. She wrote on Marvel’s box ofﬁce hit, CAPTAIN MARVEL. She began her career as a producer and President of Egg Pictures, Jodie Foster’s film company. LeFauve has taught at AFI and served as co-chair of the Graduate Producers Program at UCLA’s School of Film and TV. Find her podcast “The Screenwriting Life” on Popcorn TV and available through Apple podcasts.
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.
Krista Vernoff is showrunner and executive producer of ABC’s long-running hit series GREY'S ANATOMY along with the spinoff, STATION 19. Her new series, REBEL, for which she serves as creator, showrunner and executive producer, was inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich and stars Katey Sagal, and premieres April 8, 2021, on ABC. She served as a writer and executive producer of Showtime’s hit dark comedy SHAMELESS for five seasons and has written for a broad variety of television shows, including NBC’s LAW & ORDER, CW’s CHARMED and Fox’s short-lived cult phenomenon WONDERFALLS.
A closer look at Fellowship Week
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.
The Fellowship is open to any writer applying with a finished draft of television pilot or feature-length project. Three emerging writers are selected for ongoing mentorship and professional support.
Past ScreenCraft-winning writers have been hired by producers, optioned their projects to major studios, and signed with top representatives at CAA, WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, United Talent Agency, Anonymous Content, Paradigm Talent Agency, Untitled, ICM, Writ Large, Bellevue Productions, Lit Entertainment and many others.
Entries must be received on or before February 28, 2021 by 11:59PM Pacific Time.
3 Reasons to Get Optional Written Feedback with Your Application
Prepare your pitch
By getting a fresh set of eyes on your story, you may get some new ideas for ways to pitch your screenplay.
Get outside of your own head
It's important to understand how somebody else experiences your story on the page.
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By opting for written feedback, you're guaranteed to get great value from this competition.
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Rules & Info
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Legal
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between October 1st, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
- The application fee for each TV or feature film screenplay submission is $49 until the early deadline on October 31st, and then $69 until regular deadline on January 31st 2021, and then $79 until the final deadline on February 28th, 2021.
- Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 140 pages. TV pilots must be between 20 and 75 pages. Any screenplay submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.
- Entries must be received before or on the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at the time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
- Only Feature scripts and TV Pilots are accepted for the Fellowship.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit for consideration. Each project will be assigned to a unique first-round reader.
- If you advance to the final round of consideration, you’ll be asked to submit a cover letter in which you can include a bit more information about yourself and your project(s).
- Quarter-finalists will be announced on or before March 31st, 2021. Semifinalists will be announced on or before April 28th, 2021. Finalists and winners will be announced on or before May 19th, 2021.
- 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). All writers must be credited on the title page.
- If a writing team is chosen as a winner, both writers will participate equally in the program.
- It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
- All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
- Adaptations are eligible; the applicant must retain rights to the underlying material.
- All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
- All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be primarily in English.
- All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
- There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
- The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
- Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
- Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
- Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
- The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages will be accepted, but there is a small page overage charge to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
- Feature screenplays must be between 75 and 140 pages.
- All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, will include one screenplay development professional from each of these studios and production companies listed on this year’s jury, however these studios and companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. The top finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The top 10 finalists will be notified by email and may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. 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. Quarter-finalist, semifinalist, and winner announcements will begin 8 weeks after the final deadline. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
- COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
- REFUND POLICY: All application fees 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 Red Ampersand Inc, ScreenCraft, 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. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).