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Saturday, June 18, 2005

My helpful assistant Caroline has dug up the following contests and fellowships associated with legit organizations. There is also a helpful list at Screenwriter Magazine.

American Zoetrope (Francis Coppola)

Warner Bros. Drama Writers Workshop
Warner Bros. Comedy Writers Workshop

4000 Warner Boulevard
Bldg. 136, Suite 236
Burbank CA 91522
(818) 954-7906

Project Greenlight. And your script gets produced on TV, too.

Slamdance, the "anti-Sundance" festival.

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences: The Nicholl Fellowships
Academy Foundation
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107

The Chesterfield Film Company
Writer's Film Project
1158 26th Street, PMB 544
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(213) 683-3977

Sundance Institute
225 Santa Monica Blvd., 8th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-4662

Fox Searchlight
Fox Searchlab Submissions
Attn: Susan O' Leary
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Building 667, Ste. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Sundance Institute
Feature Film Program/Sloan Fellowship
8857 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

IFP/LA Writing Fellowships

ABC / Disney New Talent Writing Fellowship. On the lookout for minorities and women. Likewise, NBC's Diversity Initiative for Writers. And the WGA Writer's Training Program. You have to be a minority, gay, or over 40 to qualify. Some may question just how oppressed gay writers are in Hollywood, but your mileage may vary.

UPDATE: Here's another:

Nickelodeon Fellowship Program (212) 258-7532.

I'm less sure about these:

The Hollywood Film Festival Awards
Not a big film festival, really, but at least it's in town.

Scr(i)pt Magazine’s open door contest, sponsored by Miramax
5638 Sweet Air Road
Baldwin, MD 21013

Final Draft's Big Break
16000 Venture Blvd., Suite 800
Encino, CA 91436

If anyone's had good experiences with any of these or other ones, please let me know.



Everytime I go to the Chesterfield site it's never updated. It's kind of confusing too. There is no application to download when they make reference to doing just that. There's a FAQ that mentions a $39.50 entrance fee but doesn't mention it anywhere else, not even in the Application Process section.

Kind of strange that this revered fellowship doesn't clarify anything...

By Blogger William, at 7:09 PM  

I've been on Zoetrope for a few weeks and am growing tired of the whine. Too many people complaining that Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and that the average filmgoer is stupid (this is the reason their genius scripts don't sell).

I've had good feedback (50%) on my material, but I am seriously considering dropping out. Who needs the angst? I'd rather write than play politics trying to get someone else to review my scripts.

By Anonymous John Donald Carlucci, at 9:21 PM  

Nice, tell Caroline thanks for the list!

By Blogger Jason Sanders, at 11:07 PM  

I have never entered any contests, but I do write for scr(i)pt magazine, and can tell you that I've never had anything but the best experiences working for/with them. For what that's worth (I know it has little to do with the contest specifically, but it does speak to the character of those involved).

By Blogger Fun Joel, at 3:44 AM  

the last I heard Project Greenlight is over, that was the last year they are doing it...executive producer Chris Moore posted on his blog that it is all over but the crying now, Bravo pulled the plug and I think Moore and Affleck even parted ways in their production company now (can anyone verify this?)

By Blogger The Moviequill, at 11:07 PM  

Thanks for sharing these! I notice that the WGA Writer's Training Program is through the WGA East. Is there also an equivalent for the WGA West? Or does it matter? (I'm still not clear on the nuances of the East/West division of the Guild.)

By Anonymous Emily B. Langton, at 2:23 PM  

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