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Our 2017 program is open for applications! Tuition is only $2,300.

Recharge your creativity in Jamaica while networking with top entertainment industry professionals, including Vice President of Production at SONY PICTURES, a literary manager from KAPLAN/PERRONE, the screenwriter of THE TOWN and HUNGER GAMES, the screenwriter of DIE HARD and THE RUNNING MAN, the screenwriter of CREED and an executive from THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY!

You’ll spend 5 full days of September 12-16 developing your feature film or TV screenplay at ScreenCraft's Screenwriters Residency Program in partnership with the Calabash International Literary Festival and Jake's Hotel in beautiful Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

This distinguished program will provide FOUR talented screenwriters with free tuition for the full week of mentorship, networking and screenplay development in paradise.

After April 20th, we will open for applications for 10 tuition-paying attendees. Price of tuition for paying attendees will be $2,300. Final application deadline for tuition-paying attendees will be June 15th. 

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A total of 10 tuition-paying screenwriters will be selected for this program.

  • All attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. Tuition includes hotel room at Jakes in Treasure Beach, as well as delicious Jamaican lunches and dinners (alcoholic beverages not included).
  • Join us for daily screenwriting programs, workshops, panels, one-on-one consultations, screenings, parties, career-launching networking and mentorship with some of the industry's top professionals.

2017 Mentors

Peter Craig

screenwriter (WGA Award-nominated Screenwriter of THE TOWN, HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY 1 & 2)

Eric Fineman

Vice President of Production at SONY PICTURES STUDIOS (exec on such films as SPIDER-MAN and GOOSEBUMPS)

Steven E. de Souza


Hannah Ozer

Literary Manager at KAPLAN/PERRONE (literary management company representing the film and TV writers of DIE HARD, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, MYSTERIES OF LAURA, DIVORCE, SANTA CLARITA DIET and many more)

Vanessa Ford

 Development Executive at THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (DJANGO UNCHAINED, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE KING'S SPEECH, THE BUTLER, and many more Academy Award-winning films and blockbusters)

Program administrators and team members include ScreenCraft's John Rhodes and Emily Dell, Calabash co-founder Justine Henzell, Jamaican screenwriter Dominique Holmes and Weinstein Co. executive Vanessa Ford.

This program is in partnership with The Calabash International Literary Festival Trust, a registered charity in Jamaica and the Friends of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust is a 501 3 c organization in New York State.

What people are saying about the Calabash International Literary Festival:

“It is an extraordinary event. The audience is big, extremely appreciative, very focused. And the setting is spectacular.” - Salman Rushdie (Associated Press June 2014)  

“Treasure Beach is untouched and almost defiant in its beauty, which is why every two years numbers of authors and lovers of words travel to this stretch of land for Calabash Literary Festival. Founded in 2001, the festival draws in top literary figures from all over the world to Jakes Hotel, and this year was no exception.” - Ebony Magazine June 2014

"Calabash is, in a nutshell, all that's right with Jamaica." - Wall Street Journal June 2010

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  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Maximum file size is 2MB and the format must be PDF. Please email us with any questions or if you experience trouble uploading your screenplay: [email protected]
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    You're welcome to include a letter about yourself and why you'd be a good addition to this screenwriting retreat. Also, you may tell us about your vision for your TV or film screenplay. We're looking for passionate, talented emerging screenwriters who want to take this opportunity to refine their craft and network with Hollywood professionals in a relaxed and inspirational setting.
  • If your script has more than one genre element, simply pick the genre which feels most dominant to you. This does not affect your evaluation. It's simply for our internal records.
    Are you entering a feature film or TV script as your original writing sample?
  • If (and only if) you are a resident of Jamaica, please enter the following code: JAMAICA. We're picking up to 2 Jamaican writers for this program as part of our partnership with Jamaica Film and Television Association.
    We're accepting a total of 10 tuition-paying attendees for this inaugural program. If you are accepted, the tuition is $2,300. The application fee is $5. Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of applying.
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  • Applications for the 4 full scholarship attendees are accepted via electronic submission only until April 20th. Applications for the 10 tuition-paying attendees will be open until June 15th.
  • Attendees must be available for the five days of September 12th-16th, 2017 to participate.
  • After the April 20th scholarship competition application deadline, the program will be open for tuition-paying attendees. Full price of tuition will be $2,300 for accepted attendees. All scholarship applicants will be be given priority consideration. The application period for tuition-paying attendees will close on June 15th.
  • All attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. Tuition includes hotel room for five nights and main meals.
  • All application fees and deposits 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, the attendance will be granted to both writers. Each will be responsible for tuition.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are allowed. When you enter you will receive a confirmation email with a link for updating your draft in the future. If it's already been assigned to a reader, your new draft will replace it if and only if your script advances to the next round of consideration.
  • 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.
  • Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

After we announce our FOUR winners in June, we’ll accept applications for ten additional screenwriters to join us for the full price of tuition: $2,300. If you are selected, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be required to reserve your spot.


  • 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 in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • Screenplay must be owned and submitted by the writer.
  • 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.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The attendees will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story structure; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The winners and top finalists 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. The selected winner(s) will be notified by e-mail on or about May 15, 2017. 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 proof of valid passport 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.


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.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


All entries are non-refundable.


By entering this contest, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC,, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Promotion, 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 Promotion 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 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.