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Meet the ScreenCraft Writer Development Team

Our Writer Development Team is here to help you get your foot in the door.

Screenwriters face many challenges from overcoming writer’s block to finding the motivation to sit down and get those words on the page. But perhaps the biggest challenge — and one that is near impossible to take on alone — is finding representation and breaking into the film industry.

It doesn’t matter how great your script is if it’s not seen by the right people — you need an opportunity.

Breaking In is Hard to Do

Finding work in the film industry is not simple. You can’t just scroll through job listings and apply with a resumé and cover letter. Hollywood is a tightly guarded fortress with access given only by a small group of gatekeepers — agents, literary managers, producers, executives, etc. — so aspiring screenwriters, especially ones from Not Los Angeles, USA, are often left without the ability to make big career moves on their own.

How do great scripts get in front of the right people?

That’s what the ScreenCraft Writer Development Team is here to do.

What is the ScreenCraft Writer Development Team?

ScreenCraft Writer Development Team is a group of experienced industry professionals providing career consultation to our exclusive group of winners and finalists, as well as acting as facilitators and talent scouts for industry professionals.

How We Help

Selected from thousands of submissions per competition, ScreenCraft finalists represent the crème de la crème of the emerging filmmaker and writer community. The Writer Development Team discovers and develops unique voices and material from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, while leveraging relationships within our network of hundreds of industry professionals in order to advance the careers of our alumni.

What does that look like?

In addition to working one-on-one through hands-on consultations with the Writer Development Team to develop their material and get it ready for market, finalists also participate in break-away workshops where they receive guidance tailored to their needs. Furthermore, the Writer Development Team is not only hard at work finding representation for writers, it also gives finalists the opportunity to “get in the room” for general meetings with the jurors.

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We Know the Industry

Each Writer Development Team member has worked for major studios, production companies, networks, management companies and agencies including Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, Searchlight Pictures, ICM, and Blumhouse. They use their industry experience to identify and select the strongest feature and pilot samples, as well as continue to develop the profiles and portfolios of ScreenCraft finalists.

Additionally, the team cultivates their relationships with managers, agents, producers, and executives to assemble our industry-leading juries, share materials, set general meetings, and in select cases, find filmmakers representation.

History of Success

Since ScreenCraft was founded in 2012, the Writer Development Team has personally consulted with thousands of finalists and launched the careers of hundreds of writers. Former ScreenCraft writers have sold specs to Netflix, Blumhouse, and Anonymous Content; staffed on series at CBS, ABC, and Apple TV; and signed with top agencies and management companies, including CAA, UTA, WME, A3, Gersh, Verve, Management 360, Echo Lake Entertainment, and many more. Feature projects identified by ScreenCraft have been accepted into major international film festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, SXSW, and Santa Barbara.

In 2022, four former ScreenCraft feature projects were in competition at SXSW, with two emerging as winners within their categories. Through the end of 2021 and to-date in 2022, our team has facilitated representation for each and every ScreenCraft Grand Prize Winner through targeted introductions to agents and managers made by our team!

We Know the Industry

Each Writer Development Team member has worked for major studios, production companies, networks, management companies and agencies including Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, Searchlight Pictures, ICM, and Blumhouse. They use their industry experience to identify and select the strongest feature and pilot samples, as well as continue to develop the profiles and portfolios of ScreenCraft finalists.

Additionally, the team cultivates their relationships with managers, agents, producers, and executives to assemble our industry-leading juries, share materials, set general meetings, and in select cases, find filmmakers representation.

History of Success

Since ScreenCraft was founded in 2012, the Writer Development Team has personally consulted with thousands of finalists and launched the careers of hundreds of writers. Former ScreenCraft writers have sold specs to Netflix, Blumhouse, and Anonymous Content; staffed on series at CBS, ABC, and Apple TV; and signed with top agencies and management companies, including CAA, UTA, WME, A3, Gersh, Verve, Management 360, Echo Lake Entertainment, and many more. Feature projects identified by ScreenCraft have been accepted into major international film festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, SXSW, and Santa Barbara.

In 2022, four former ScreenCraft feature projects were in competition at SXSW, with two emerging as winners within their categories. Through the end of 2021 and to-date in 2022, our team has facilitated representation for each and every ScreenCraft Grand Prize Winner through targeted introductions to agents and managers made by our team!

What Past Winners Have to Say

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.

Tevin Knight

Signed with Gersh & sold pilot to Amazon
2020 ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner
I am not based in Los Angeles. I am in San Francisco and I thought the only way to get out there is to start entering contests and see what happens. And because of ScreenCraft, an opportunity did knock. They put me in touch with a manager, like he really understood what I was trying to do with my stories. ScreenCraft put me in touch with a producer and we ended up taking it to a major studio, who expressed interest in my script, which is beyond my wildest imagination. I was so glad that I just kept writing, kept writing, kept writing stories that I believed in. Eventually, everybody has some opportunity, some luck and you have to be ready, and I think ScreenCraft really helped me be ready.

Shiwani Srivastava

Writer, Wedding Season (Netflix)
Winner, 2018 ScreenCraft Comedy Competition
Being a genre writer, you’re continually reminded...that a lot of people look down on things that fall under the ‘genre’ label. So when you’re looking for outlets to test your work or gain some element of recognition, it was nice to see ScreenCraft appear and have competitions for specific genres of work, which makes you feel like you’re on a little more of a level playing field and being critiqued by people who understand the genre.

Asabi Lee & Paul Hart-Wilden

Writers, Pale Horse (Gamechanger Films)
Winner, 2020 ScreenCraft Horror Competition
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