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The chosen Fellowship recipients will receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to key entertainment studio executives, producers, literary managers and agents. To apply, simply submit your feature film script or original television script, along with an optional cover letter that expresses your vision and background as an emerging writer.
Apply now and join a thriving community of talented screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry mentors.
2020 Fellows will meet with the following Hollywood manager mentors:
Up to four (4) winners will receive:
Airfare and Lodging
- All-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles for industry introductions, meetings and mentorship
- Accommodations at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, host to the very first Academy Awards and to Hollywood legends such as Billy Wilder, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland Frank Sinatra!
- Elite Badge and travel stipend to attend the ScreenCraft Writers Summit (up to $500), with special invitation to VIP events at our conference.
- Meetings with literary agents and managers
- Meetings with award-winning screenwriters
- Mentor meetings with studio executives from 5 studios: Universal, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros
- Mentorship with the ScreenCraft development team
- Three months of one-on-one consultation and creative development with the ScreenCraft team and network of entertainment industry mentors
- All semifinalists will receive a 30% discount code to join us at the next ScreenCraft Writers Summit.
- All semifinalists will receive an invitation to the invitation-only private Facebook group exclusively for ScreenCraft semifinalists and finalists, for peer networking and career and craft guidance.
Stay in the heart of Hollywood!
Winners will stay at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, which was founded by a consortium of early Hollywood legends including Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman. Films shot on location at the hotel include Internal Affairs (starring Richard Gere), Beverly Hills Cop II (starring Eddie Murphy) and Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg). Television shows shot at the hotel include Knots Landing, Moonlighting and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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 studio executives and award-winning screenwriters and producers.
In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, some of the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype. The trip will be in the Fall of 2020, accommodating the selected winners’ schedules.
See what the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship experience is like:
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between October 1st, 2019 and February 29, 2020.
- The application fee for each TV or feature film screenplay submission is $49 until the early deadline on November 2nd, and then $69 until regular deadline on January 31st 2020, and then $79 until the final deadline on February 29th, 2020.
- 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 April 8th, 2020. Semifinalists will be announced on or before May 6th, 2020. Finalists and winners will be announced on or before July 8th, 2020.
- Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Comedy TV pilot scripts should be between 25 and 40 pages. Drama TV pilot scripts should be between 45 and 65 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.
All entries are non-refundable.
ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE
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