FILM -- OCT 2019

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

The New Harmony Project 

INFO: The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? We’re looking for scripts that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

What does The Project provide? We provide a creative community and unparalleled level of artistic support. There is no cost to attend the spring conference, and all meals, travel and housing are covered. Additionally, we provide a modest stipend to participants.

Due to the volume of applications received, we will only accept ONE script per writer.

When you are ready to complete your application, simply click the button below to be taken to our online system powered by Submittable. Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes. 

If you have any questions, please email submissions@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us. 

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 

newharmonyproject.org/apply

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

New York Foundation for the Arts

INFO: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

  • Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects

  • Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos

  • Production funds for live theatre

In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role. 

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

  • Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000

  • Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000

  • Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000

  • Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000

  • Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000

  • Music General - $20,000

  • Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000

In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/NYC-Womens-Fund

WRITERS RESIDENCY

Millay Colony for the Arts

INFO: Each year Millay Colony for the Arts invites up to 62 individuals (including writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and visual artists) for residencies through the colony's application process.  

Residency sessions are held each month from April through November, usually lasting around 3 1/2 weeks, with 2 twelve-day sessions also available in June & September. In each discipline, decisions are made by juries of artists, critics and academics.

Your work is presented anonymously to the jury and is considered solely on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare your application. It is very important that you do not include your name anywhere on your artist statement or work samples as you may be disqualified if they are within the body of work shown to the jurors.  Your application will instead be assigned a number by the administration.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 (Midnight, EST). This deadline is for the following year of April, May, June & July residency sessions.

https://millaycolony.submittable.com/submit

UNIVERSAL WRITERS PROGRAM

Universal Pictures / Focus Features

INFO: Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States and be at least twenty-one (21) years of age as of March 31, 2020.  Entertainment industry experience is not required but strongly recommended.  We encourage those applying to review the FAQs carefully as they are designed to guide applicants towards a strong submission.

Those applying must submit a complete application package, which includes the following items:

  1. APPLICATION must be completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

  2. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY* with wide audience appeal that best reflects the writer’s distinct voice and cultural perspective. Submitted screenplays must: (1) Follow a three-act structure; (2) be between 90-120 pages in length; and (3) have a clear beginning, middle and end. Any scripts less than 90 pages or exceeding 120 pages will be disqualified. Scripts must be registered with the WGA prior to submission, and the applicant must be the sole writer and owner of all original material submitted. We are not able to accept screenplays written by multiple writers.

  3. ORIGINAL TREATMENT* that is not based on the submitted original screenplay. Submitted treatments that are the basis for the submitted original screenplay will be disqualified. Submitted treatments must include the following elements and adhere to these formatting guidelines: (1) Title (2) WGA Registration Number (3) Logline (4) Brief key character descriptions (5) Three-act structure (6) Must not exceed five/5 pages (7) 1.5-inch line spacing (8) 1-inch margins all around (9) nothing smaller than an 11 font-size. Treatments that do not include such elements or that deviate from the above formatting guidelines will be disqualified.

Because all reads are blind, only provide the title and the WGA registration on the title page of the screenplay and treatment. 

Both the original screenplay and the original treatment can be in the following genres: action, adult comedy, drama, family, grounded sci-fi/horror.  However, if selected for the Program writers may be assigned to write content that tonally matches the slates of UFEG’s various divisions including but not limited to Universal Pictures, and Focus Features.   Additionally, material that is a hybrid of animation and live-action will be accepted, provided that the material is predominantly live action with only minimal animation.

*Although Universal Pictures and Focus Features have released films based on true stories, real people and/or pre-existing intellectual property, for the purposes of applying to this Program, submissions must be wholly original and fictional.  Adaptations, biopics and screenplays based on real people, underlying materials or other pre-existing content are not eligible. (Please refer to the FAQs for more information.)

  1. RELEASE FORMS must be completed, signed, dated and uploaded in order for submissions to be accepted. Incomplete release forms will result in disqualification. Release form can be downloaded here

  2. RÉSUMÉ outlining chronological paid employment history (may include entertainment and non-entertainment positions) and any writing-related honors/awards. Positions must have been held within the past 15 years (two pages or less). Only list compensated positions with the exception of entertainment industry internships and full-time volunteer work at non-profits. If listing writing projects, only include projects that were produced. The applicant’s résumé will provide us an understanding of his or her work history and insight into his or her individual life experiences.

  3. PERSONAL ESSAY that articulates the applicant’s unique perspective and background as it relates to their storytelling. Must not exceed 750 words. Essay Topic: Explain how your cultural background and life experiences contribute to your writing.

  4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Optional) from entertainment industry professionals who have read the applicant’s material and can comment on the applicant’s writing ability are strongly encouraged, but not required. Acceptable letters must be on business or personal letterhead, dated in the current calendar year and include the author’s title and/or industry affiliation. No more than two letters per application will be accepted. Letters must accompany the submission and may not be submitted separately via email or mail. Any recommendation letters emailed or mailed to the Program separate from the writer’s application will disqualify the application.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must be authorized to work legally in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

  • Minimum age of 21 as of March 31, 2020.

  • Applicant must be the sole writer and owner of any material submitted, which must be wholly original. Adaptations, biopics and screenplays based on real people or pre-existing materials are not eligible. Material written by more than one writer will not be accepted.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

https://www.universaltalentdevelopment.com/writers/application

FILM -- SEPTEMBER 2019

John Singleton embRace LA Short Film Competition

The City of L.A. /Pan African Film Festival

INFO: Inspired by the legacy of the Los Angeles-born and legendary filmmaker, John Singleton, this short film competition is the result of a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Pan African Film & Arts Festival under the initiative of Los Angeles City Council President, Herb J. Wesson Jr.

As an extension of the City of Los Angeles’ embRACE L.A. initiative, this competition will deepen the program’s goal to engage a citywide conversation about race and racism while challenging and changing inequities. In honor of the cinematic achievements of John Singleton and his commitment to the South Los Angeles community, we celebrate his unapologetic approach to filmmaking that centralized Black characters in humanizing stories about the often-routine circumstances of individuals in society that were mostly ignored or exploited beyond the point of recognition.

It is our aim to encourage and ignite Black filmmakers who desire to continue that commitment in their creative approach by providing them with the financial resources to write, direct, and produce an original and innovative film that echoes the cultural contributions of Singleton’s cinematic catalogue.

AWARD: After a competitive process in which their screenplays are submitted, three filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 each for the production and completion of a live-action narrative short film of their winning screenplays.

SUBMISSION FEE: $50

DEADLINE: September 15, 2019

paff.org/john-singleton-short-film-competition/

  

PitchNY

NBC Universal / Tribeca Film Institute / Governor Cuomo’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development

INFO: PitchNY aims to cultivate New York State’s homegrown talent by expanding pathways for aspiring creators, strengthen diverse voices and showcase diverse communities through film, TV and other creative content. For the fourth year in a row this workshop will allow undergraduate and recent graduate students from New York schools to learn from filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers. Participants are given opportunities to network with their peers, hear from panels of experts and practice pitching their creative ideas one-on-one with entertainment industry representatives. 

Over the past three years, Governor Cuomo’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and NBCUniversal have hosted PitchNY, a workshop that provides aspiring filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York with resources and advice and facilitates connections with entertainment experts. PitchNY aims to cultivate New York State’s homegrown talent by expanding pathways for aspiring creators, strengthen diverse voices, and showcase diverse communities through film, TV, and other creative content. 

For the fourth installment of PitchNY, the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and NBCUniversal will partner with Tribeca Film Institute as a local non-profit partner. Undergraduate and recent graduate students and aspiring filmmakers are invited to apply to participate in the two-day intensive workshop in NYC on November 7-8, 2019. PitchNY is focused on promoting diversity in the entertainment industry both by highlighting diverse content and increasing opportunity for content creators: filmmakers, producers, directors and writers. In previous years, themes of diversity reflected in participants’ work have included race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Students apply by filling out a brief, free application online and submitting creative concepts that they will pitch at the workshop. Selected students receive travel stipends for transportation and lodging. 

The event includes informational panel discussions with industry professionals and creative leaders sharing insights and guidance. In the afternoon, there is a “speed pitching” opportunity in which participants rotate tables and simulate real-life pitching situations, giving students the opportunity to share their stories and enhance their pitching skills. The purpose of these pitch meetings is professional development and educational feedback and not to sell or produce a specific project.

DEADLINE: September 16, 2019 

esd.ny.gov/pitchny

 

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

The New Harmony Project 

INFO: The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? We’re looking for scripts that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

What does The Project provide? We provide a creative community and unparalleled level of artistic support. There is no cost to attend the spring conference, and all meals, travel and housing are covered. Additionally, we provide a modest stipend to participants.

Due to the volume of applications received, we will only accept ONE script per writer.

When you are ready to complete your application, simply click the button below to be taken to our online system powered by Submittable. Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes. 

If you have any questions, please email submissions@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us. 

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 

newharmonyproject.org/apply

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

New York Foundation for the Arts

INFO: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

  • Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects

  • Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos

  • Production funds for live theatre

In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role. 

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

  • Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000

  • Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000

  • Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000

  • Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000

  • Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000

  • Music General - $20,000

  • Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000

In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/NYC-Womens-Fund

WRITERS RESIDENCY

Millay Colony for the Arts

INFO: Each year Millay Colony for the Arts invites up to 62 individuals (including writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and visual artists) for residencies through the colony's application process.  

Residency sessions are held each month from April through November, usually lasting around 3 1/2 weeks, with 2 twelve-day sessions also available in June & September. In each discipline, decisions are made by juries of artists, critics and academics.

Your work is presented anonymously to the jury and is considered solely on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare your application. It is very important that you do not include your name anywhere on your artist statement or work samples as you may be disqualified if they are within the body of work shown to the jurors.  Your application will instead be assigned a number by the administration.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 (Midnight, EST). This deadline is for the following year of April, May, June & July residency sessions.

https://millaycolony.submittable.com/submit

UNIVERSAL WRITERS PROGRAM

Universal Pictures / Focus Features

INFO: Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States and be at least twenty-one (21) years of age as of March 31, 2020.  Entertainment industry experience is not required but strongly recommended.  We encourage those applying to review the FAQs carefully as they are designed to guide applicants towards a strong submission.

Those applying must submit a complete application package, which includes the following items:

  1. APPLICATION must be completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

  2. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY* with wide audience appeal that best reflects the writer’s distinct voice and cultural perspective. Submitted screenplays must: (1) Follow a three-act structure; (2) be between 90-120 pages in length; and (3) have a clear beginning, middle and end. Any scripts less than 90 pages or exceeding 120 pages will be disqualified. Scripts must be registered with the WGA prior to submission, and the applicant must be the sole writer and owner of all original material submitted. We are not able to accept screenplays written by multiple writers.

  3. ORIGINAL TREATMENT* that is not based on the submitted original screenplay. Submitted treatments that are the basis for the submitted original screenplay will be disqualified. Submitted treatments must include the following elements and adhere to these formatting guidelines: (1) Title (2) WGA Registration Number (3) Logline (4) Brief key character descriptions (5) Three-act structure (6) Must not exceed five/5 pages (7) 1.5-inch line spacing (8) 1-inch margins all around (9) nothing smaller than an 11 font-size. Treatments that do not include such elements or that deviate from the above formatting guidelines will be disqualified.

Because all reads are blind, only provide the title and the WGA registration on the title page of the screenplay and treatment. 

Both the original screenplay and the original treatment can be in the following genres: action, adult comedy, drama, family, grounded sci-fi/horror.  However, if selected for the Program writers may be assigned to write content that tonally matches the slates of UFEG’s various divisions including but not limited to Universal Pictures, and Focus Features.   Additionally, material that is a hybrid of animation and live-action will be accepted, provided that the material is predominantly live action with only minimal animation.

*Although Universal Pictures and Focus Features have released films based on true stories, real people and/or pre-existing intellectual property, for the purposes of applying to this Program, submissions must be wholly original and fictional.  Adaptations, biopics and screenplays based on real people, underlying materials or other pre-existing content are not eligible. (Please refer to the FAQs for more information.)

  1. RELEASE FORMS must be completed, signed, dated and uploaded in order for submissions to be accepted. Incomplete release forms will result in disqualification. Release form can be downloaded here

  2. RÉSUMÉ outlining chronological paid employment history (may include entertainment and non-entertainment positions) and any writing-related honors/awards. Positions must have been held within the past 15 years (two pages or less). Only list compensated positions with the exception of entertainment industry internships and full-time volunteer work at non-profits. If listing writing projects, only include projects that were produced. The applicant’s résumé will provide us an understanding of his or her work history and insight into his or her individual life experiences.

  3. PERSONAL ESSAY that articulates the applicant’s unique perspective and background as it relates to their storytelling. Must not exceed 750 words. Essay Topic: Explain how your cultural background and life experiences contribute to your writing.

  4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Optional) from entertainment industry professionals who have read the applicant’s material and can comment on the applicant’s writing ability are strongly encouraged, but not required. Acceptable letters must be on business or personal letterhead, dated in the current calendar year and include the author’s title and/or industry affiliation. No more than two letters per application will be accepted. Letters must accompany the submission and may not be submitted separately via email or mail. Any recommendation letters emailed or mailed to the Program separate from the writer’s application will disqualify the application.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must be authorized to work legally in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

  • Minimum age of 21 as of March 31, 2020.

  • Applicant must be the sole writer and owner of any material submitted, which must be wholly original. Adaptations, biopics and screenplays based on real people or pre-existing materials are not eligible. Material written by more than one writer will not be accepted.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

https://www.universaltalentdevelopment.com/writers/application


FILM -- AUGUST 2019

THE TEEN MOVIE CONTEST

ColorCreative / Powderkeg

INFO: This is a joint venture between ColorCreative and Powderkeg. We're looking for underrepresented writers who have an idea for an ensemble feature film that captures the humor, the awkwardness, and the all consuming drama of the modern high school experience! 

We want to see fresh and inclusive perspectives that represent a new generation coming of age in today’s world. The 80's had FERRIS BULLER'S DAY OFF and THE BREAKFAST CLUB. The 90's had CLUELESS and EMPIRE RECORDS. The 00's had MEAN GIRLS and BRING IT ON...

We are looking for the next decade-defining teen movie to launch us into 2020!

Submit your film idea to us via a 1-3 page pitch document.

50 Writers will be chosen to continue in the contest as "First Round Selects" where each candidate will have four weeks to submit an outline or scriptment, in addition to the first act of their feature based on their pitch. 

ColorCreative and Powderkeg will choose 20-25 submissions to advance into the Quarter-Finalist round where candidates will be asked to submit a bio and a full feature script, not to exceed 120 pages. 

8 Semi-Finalists will advance to the next round where they will be scheduled for in-person or Skype interviews with representatives from each company.

After all of the interviews have concluded, 4 Finalists will be chosen to enter a one-month incubation period to develop and write a short film script that serves as proof of concept for their feature. During this stage, Finalists will be paired with an experienced writer that will serve as their mentor. 

2 Winning Writers will be announced and have their script optioned. Powderkeg and ColorCreative will produce the short film with a budget of $25K each to subsequently take both the short and script to potential buyers.

DEADLINE: August 9, 2019

https://colorcreative-teenmoviecontest.submittable.com/submit

 

FILM -- JULY 2019

LAUNCHPAD SHORTS INCUBATOR

Disney

With a focus on building a more inclusive entertainment industry, Walt Disney Pictures is looking for experienced directors from underrepresented backgrounds with diverse and varied perspectives, including but certainly not limited to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, various religious groups, military veterans, people with disabilities and others, to produce a short in the Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator program.

Inspired by life’s journey, the shorts should be based on the theme of “discover.” In the Launchpad, the director(s) of each project will be paired with Disney creative executives who will serve as mentors. Select shorts will have the opportunity to live on Disney+ and may be considered for further development for long-form or episodic motion pictures, based on the short’s quality, performance on the platform, future arc, and other factors, though future development is not guaranteed.

The Launchpad is a seven (7) month program and will include the following (please note that time frames and program parameters are subject to change):

  • Three (3) months of script development and professional development classes, specifically designed to strengthen your professional and storytelling skills.

  • Bringing the robust curriculum of the American Film Institute (“AFI”) to the Launchpad, classes will be led primarily by our educational partner, AFI, and held once or twice per week on the Disney studio lot in Burbank, California from 7pm - 10pm PT, with one (1) Saturday field trip to the AFI campus in Los Angeles.

  • A staggered production schedule, which will include: up to four (4) weeks of pre-production, principal photography, and up to six (6) weeks of post-production.

DEADLINE: July 2, 2019

https://launchpad.disney.com/

FILM -- JUNE 2019

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINE: June 7, 2019

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

FIRELIGHT DOCUMENTARY LAB OPEN CALL

INFO: The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

We are looking for applicants who make artful and innovative documentary films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time. Firelight Media will consider all types of long form documentary projects - historical, investigative, personal, verité, and experimental.

Firelight Media utilizes the Core Documentary Application. As part of your submission, you will need to share a work sample no longer than 15 minutes (for projects in production) or a rough cut at any length (for projects in post.)

You will receive notification of your status within 12-16 weeks of submission. If you are among a small group of finalists who advance through a series of peer reviews, you may be asked for additional information or project updates. Results will be shared September 2019. 

DEADLINE: June 17, 2019

firelightmedia.tv/doc-lab-open-call/

FILM -- MAY 2019

THE BREAKK SCREENPLAY CONTEST

INFO: Are you a female TV writer interested in attending The Breakk 2019? Then this contest is for you. Story comes first and foremost. Our jury is looking for smart screenplays with strong original voices, and compelling stories with lots of heart. 

DEADLINES:

·       Early: May 15, 2019 w/ $39 submission fee

·       Regular: June 10, 2019 w/ 49 submission fee

·       Final: July 10, 2019 w/ $59 submission fee

https://www.thebreakk.com/contest?fbclid=IwAR1obB18QD6iqKiDtennjbo-KbT0wb5_R-e1elfrR3x4b-u5WT7H0LEVVY8

 

ALL VOICES FILM FESTIVAL

Amazon

INFO: Prime Video will host the first annual All Voices Film Festival, celebrating underrepresented communities. This digital short film festival is seeking entries from filmmakers in the U.S. from all backgrounds, where the creator or content represents the diversity of our world.  

The writer, director, cast or theme of the short must reflect underrepresented communities. This includes but is not limited to people of color, ethnic, gender and religious minorities, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, veterans, young, aspiring filmmakers as well as older adults, and other groups that are underrepresented or marginalized in the US or globally. Submissions must be published as a “Standalone” film in the “Short Films” category, offer availability set to “US” and “Prime”, and may not exceed 40 minutes. The title must also comply with the requirements to be included in Prime Video, including (i) HD picture quality, (ii) closed captioned or subtitled and (iii) have a rating of “R” or less (or an equivalent through local rating agencies).

All submissions must comply with the Rules and Regulations. 

PRIZE:

• One Prime Video winner will receive a paid trip for two within the US to visit Amazon Studios in Culver City, CA. They will also receive a $25,000 royalty bonus. 
• Four other winners will be selected to receive a $10,000 royalty bonus. 
• All five winners’ short films will be promoted on Prime Video.

DEADLINE: May 20, 2019

https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=18338484011

 

AT&T HELLO LAB MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

INFO: AT&T is committed to creating an inclusive entertainment industry through initiatives such as The Hello Lab Mentorship Program. Launched in 2017, the program seeks to discover, incubate and empower emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities to evolve their work, grow their audience and distribute their short films on owned platforms such as DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW.

The program will offer five emerging screenwriters the opportunity to be mentored by actress, writer and producer Lena Waithe and chance to have their short film fully financed and produced by AT&T.  

DEADLINE: May 22, 2019

https://www.att-hellolab.com/the-mentorship-program-year-three/

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINES:

  • Late – May 24, 2019

  • Extended – June 7, 2019

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

FILM -- APRIL 2019

2020 JANUARY SCREENWRITERS LAB

Sundance Institute

INFO: The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer's workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.  

The 2020 January Screenwriters Lab will take place January 17-22, 2020 at the Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah. 12 projects are chosen every year.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 3 - May 15, 2019

applications2.sundance.org/

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   

INFO: Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships to amateur screenwriters. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

AWARD: $35,000 Fellowship

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FEES:

  • Regular Submission – April 10, 2019 ($60 entry fee)

  • Late Submission – May 1, 2019 ($85 entry fee)

oscars.org/nicholl/about

 

DIVERSE VOICES SCREENPLAY CONTEST

WeScreenplay

INFO: WeScreenplay’s contest is focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters (ethnic minorities, women, women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, etc.) – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2019

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINES:

  • Regular – April 26 2019

  • Late – May 24, 2019

  • Extended – June 7, 2019

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

FILM - MARCH 2019


THE KEROUAC PROJECT

INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

Residency Slots

Fall 2019: September 1 through November 21, 2019
Winter 2019–2020: December 1, 2019, through February 20, 2020
Spring 2020: March 1 through May 22, 2020
Summer 2020: June 1 through August 21, 2020

At the time you submit your application you will be asked which residency time slot(s) you prefer or are available for. Or you can just indicate ‘any’ if you have no specific time slot preference.

The Application Process:

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction. Your writing sample must match the category. So, for example, if you are applying in the fiction category, your writing sample must only be a fiction sample. You cannot include some fiction and some poems you may have written. You are allowed one submission per category. This means you can submit to more than one category if you wish to do so. However, each submission is separate and you must complete the whole application process again for each submission.  

We require a standard format for all prose submissions, fiction and nonfiction. The format is:

  • 10 pages in length.

  • 1-inch page margins.

  • 1.5 line spacing.

  • Text must be in a 12-point serif font, (preferably Times New Roman as its compact structure allows you the maximum number of words per page). 

Those submitting poetry, a play, or screenplay, may continue to follow the genre conventions in their submissions, though your writing sample must also be limited to 10-pages in length.

APPLICATION FEE: $35  

DEADLINE: March 10, 2019 

kerouacproject.org/submissions/

2019 EPISODIC LAB

·       What are the dates of the Episodic Lab?

o   The 2019 Episodic Lab will take place October 10 - 15, 2019 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

 

·       Who is eligible for the Lab?

o   Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at time of application.

o   The project must be the applicant’s original creation or adapted from optioned source material.

o   The project must be written in the English language.

o   The project must be new: not previously submitted to Sundance, not already produced, not already sold to a third party, and not distributed online or otherwise.

o   Applicants cannot have sold an episodic project (pilot or pitch) to a studio or network in the past that has been shot.

o   The project shall not infringe the copyright or any other proprietary right of another individual or entity. The creator/applicant is responsible for all rights pertaining to the project.

 

·       What is the submission period for Round 1 of the application process?

o   February 13 - March 13, 2019

 

·       What do I need to submit in Round 1 of the application process?

o   Contact information for writer(s) (we allow for up to 2 writers per project, however, you must choose one person to be the primary applicant/creator and your designated point of contact)

o   Bio(s) of the writer(s) (no more than 250 words per person)

o   Series logline: a one-sentence description of your series (no more than 50 words) that conveys what your project is about.

o   Pilot synopsis (no more than 500 words): a summary of your pilot episode

o   Series overview (no more than 500 words): this is a one-page description of your series that gives the reader a feel for its main characters, the basic plot and themes, as well as the tone and format. Imagine you’re describing your series to a friend in a way that conveys your excitement, clearly explains what your series is about and gives them a reason to want to watch it.

o   Personal Statement  (no more than 250  words): A brief written response to the following questions:

§  Why are you interested in telling this story?

§  What is your personal connection to the material?

§  Why are you the best person to tell this story?

§  Why tell this story now?

o   Thematic Statement (no more than 250 words): a brief written response to the following questions:

§  What is the theme of you series? That is, what is the central idea or big question you are exploring? (e.g. “In the wake of the ultimate betrayal, how does one continue to trust others?”, OR “Are criminals born or are they made?” OR “Can a modern family still function like a traditional family?”)

§  How is this "thematic question" explored on an episode-to-episode basis in your series? (e.g. “Each episode, the betrayal is seen through the eyes of a different character as its ripple effect permeates more and more lives” OR “Each episode, we focus on a different criminal and the path that led to their crimes” OR “Each episode, an unconventional family struggles to overcome conventional problems)

§  How does this theme inform each of your characters and their journeys over the course of the series? How does the theme connect emotionally to what your characters are going through?

o   Video samples of previous work (OPTIONAL) – Provide 1-3 URL links to samples of your previous work (not to exceed 10 minutes total in length). Samples may include short films, web series episodes or other relevant video content. Please be sure to include passwords as needed.

o   The first 5 pages of your pilot script

o   Demographics – To be filled out by the designated primary applicant/creator.

o   Application Terms – To be signed by the designated primary applicant/creator.

o   A $40 non-refundable processing fee payable by credit card via the online application

 

·       When will I be notified if I have advanced to Round 2?

o   Applicants will receive email notification about whether or not they have been selected for the Round 2 of our online application process by April 10, 2019.

 

·       What do I need to submit in Round 2 of the application process?

o   After they receiving email notification, applicants who are selected to advance to Round 2 are required to upload the full pilot script for their original series through our online application system by April 24, 2019, in order to be considered for the Lab.

 

·       Is there an application fee to apply for the Episodic Lab?

o   Yes, for the Round 1 ONLY, there is a $40 Non-Refundable Processing Fee, payable by credit card via the online application.

 

·       How complete should the pilot script be?

o   You must have a full, completed original  pilot script in order to be considered.

 

·       Will you consider writing teams?

o   Yes, we will consider writing teams of up to 2 people.

 

·       Will you consider animated series this year?

o   Yes, however, the candidate must notify us of this intention when applying as we may request  supplemental materials.

 

·       Will you consider nonfiction series this year?

o   Yes, however, the candidate must notify us of this intention when applying as we may request supplemental materials.

 

·       Will you consider international series?

o   Yes, however, the project must be in English and we are not able to provide for international travel at this time. We will cover the cost of the domestic portion of international airfare.

 

·       Will you consider adaptations of other material (novels, magazine articles, films, etc.)?

o   Yes, we will consider adaptations so long as the writer/s has secured the rights to the original source material and can disclose the legal rights for Sundance to review.

 

·       Do participants pay for travel and accommodation?

o   No, Sundance Institute will pay for domestic airfare and provide accommodations for all participants. At this time, we are not able to provide for international travel. We will cover the cost of the domestic portion of international airfare.

 

·       What does the program cost?

o   Aside from an application fee of $40, participation in the Episodic Lab, including travel, food and accommodations, is completely free.

 

·       Does Sundance own my pilot?

o   No. The Sundance Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not have an ownership stake in any projects that are submitted to, or selected for the Lab, nor are we attached in any producorial capacity. All Lab Fellows must own or have approval from the project owner to participate.

 

·       When does the application open?

o   The application for the 2019 Episodic Lab opens on February 13, 2019 at 12:00pm PT. 

 

·       What is the application deadline?

o   The deadline for project submission is March 13, 2019 at 6:00pm PT.

·       Is it possible to get an extension? What’s the final final deadline?

o   No, it’s not possible to get an extension. You must turn in your application by March 13, 2019 at 6:00pm PT.

 

·       When will final decisions be made?

o   Applicants will receive email notification about whether or not they have been selected for the Lab by August 14, 2019.

 

·       If you are interested in learning more about writing for the episodic space, please find a list of helpful websites and books that provide additional resources for writers below:

o   Websites:

§  “On Story presented by the Austin Film Festival” – onstory.tv

§  “FAQ & Writing Resources” from the Writers Guild Foundation Library – wgfoundation.org

§  John August’s Blog, “A Ton of Useful Information about Screenwriting from Screenwriter John August” – johnaugust.com

o   Books:

§  Writing the TV Pilot by William Rabkin

§  The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series by Neil Landau

§  The TV Writer’s Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts by Ellen Sandler

§  Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV by Pamela Douglas

§  Writing the Screenplay, TV and Film by Alan Armer

§  The Hero Succeeds by Kam Miller

apply.sundance.org/prog/2019_episodic_lab/  

 

THE WRITERS LAB RETREAT

INFO: The Writers Lab is a four-day script development workshop that gives women screenwriters over 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers, directors, and producers. The retreat takes place near NYC, but in the countryside: beautiful and private locations that minimize distractions and promote creativity and confidence. Through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, guest speakers, and group meals, Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process that provides support in both the craft and commerce of screenwriting. 

DEADLINE: March 14, 2019

thewriterslab.nyc/apply/

Celluloids of Desire Film Submission

CINEDIASPORA

INFO: CineDiaspora is a new diasporic film festival premiering in 2019 in partnership with South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC)! CineDiaspora will be an immersive platform to promote a redefinition of South Asian cinema while drawing linkages with cinematic expressions from all communities of color. The festival will seek to champion storytelling in all its forms, particularly from emerging and thoroughly underrepresented voices who are existent within the murky terrains of the 'diaspora.'

We are calling for entries for Celluloids of Desire, which will screen seasonally over two nights in NYC at a public venue: one in mid-April 2019 and the other mid-July. The theme of the night will be desire: submissions should speak to the longing to break down barriers standing in the way of human connection and community. Films from all artists of color are open to consideration.


Short video works (max. 13 minutes)
All genres welcome (music videos, experimental, fiction, documentary, animation, etc.)
Excerpts from longer works welcome, but submissions should work as stand-alone pieces

COMPENSATION: An equal portion of the admissions to the screenings will be provided equally amongst the filmmakers whose works are selected.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfb5J5voEE_2KFcxrqETK7KQ8Rpvmu9yZJle42XM-4oIVvmig/viewform

FILM -- JANUARY 2019

NYSCA/NYFA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP 

INFO: NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. 

2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories:

The following categories will be reviewed; please click for discipline-specific guidelines:

o    Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design

o    Choreography

o    Music/Sound

o    Photography

o    Playwriting/Screenwriting

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'-Fellowships?fbclid=IwAR0GEkRYgSde_C_kmEPgeuM67z14NHoCGSwiFBan9aIGDeVncR4MlI8Gbk0

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FILM / TV SCRIPTS

Monkeypaw Productions

INFO: Monkeypaw Productions – created by writer, producer, director Jordan Peele – is now accepting film and TV script submissions. 

Monkeypaw Productions is the studio behind Key & PeeleGet OutBlacKkKlansman, and upcoming projects like Us and The Twilight Zone.

monkeypawproductions.com/submit

  

2019 STORIES OF CHANGE STORYTELLING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

Sundance Institute / Skoll Foundation 

INFO: Stories of Change (SOC), a partnership of Sundance Institute and the Skoll Foundation is expanding its global network of storytellers. As part of this effort we are creating the opportunity for 4 experienced filmmakers to attend the 2019 Skoll World Forum (SWF) as SOC Storytelling Fellows. 

Selected SOC Fellows will attend the 2019 Skoll World Forum and travel to Oxford, England from April 6– 13, 2019. Sundance Institute will provide round trip economy travel, ground transportation (including airport pickup and drop off) in the host city, and on-site lodging. We will also cover SWF registration fees, meals on-site, and a modest honorarium of $1,200.

SOC Fellows will have the opportunity to network with Skoll-Awarded Social Entrepreneurs (SASEs) and explore the possibility of bringing their independent voice to create meaningful storytelling projects with SASEs. Activities for the week include: attending Skoll World Forum events, taking meetings with Skoll-Awarded Social Entrepreneurs (SASEs), and participating in a dinner (which includes giving a presentation about your work) that will bring together SOC Fellows, Skoll-Awarded Social Entrepreneurs (SASEs) and Sundance Institute Staff.  

Stories of Change supports the creation of compelling film and media projects inspired by the work of renowned social entrepreneurs; builds and sustains a network of independent storytellers and Skoll-Awarded Social Entrepreneurs; and enhances story skills and the exchange of knowledge between these communities. This collaboration is predicated on common values and the understanding that working together, independent storytellers and social entrepreneurs can reach strategic audiences and find pathways to a better world. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $0 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: January 31, 2019 

  • Skoll World Forum: April 6-13, 2019

apply.sundance.org/prog/2019_stories_of_change_storytelling_fellowship_application/?fbclid=IwAR09JzBWFvFDfHjNyhMfIomWzOm2Mxl292l__BgMfiWbilQ6ZTwa58F6Hb8

 

FILM -- OCTOBER 2018

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Millay Colony

INFO: The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York. We welcome 6-7 visual artists, writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and composers each month between April and November. We offer a number of flexible residency formats. all including a private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. We offer ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere, organizing everything an artist needs for maximum productivity.

Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers), and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing. We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.

Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies and special diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and a fire pit for smores.

The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, two lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer for residents’s use. 

APPLICATION FEE: $37 

DEADLINE: October 4, 2018 

millaycolony.org/programs/residencies-artists-millay-colony-arts/apply/

SCREENWRITING LAB

Film Independent

INFO: Through personalized feedback from experienced industry professionals and other writers in the program, Screenwriting Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their scripts for production.

The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting. Each Screenwriting Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor, with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in Lab sessions to further develop their project over the course of the program. A variety of guest speakers may screen and discuss their own films, or offer insights into their career trajectories, and a final retreat offers further opportunity for individualized feedback and discussion with additional established filmmakers and producers.

Film Independent is looking for well-written, compelling, screenplays with an indie spirit and scale, and an original premise or vision. Though applicants must submit a completed draft, the Lab is structured to support writers who are still creatively engaged in the writing process. Those who welcome feedback and discussion will benefit most from the program, as they further develop their work.

Cast and crew attachments aren’t necessary to a project’s eligibility, though the program is geared toward those scripts already on the path to production.

BENEFITS:

  • A pass to the LA Film Festival

  • Inclusion in the Film Independent Talent Guide

  • Year-round support from Film Independent, for all phases of production

  • Eligibility for the Indie Writers Caucus of the WGAw

APPLICATION FEE:

  • FREE for Filmmaker Pro Members (limited to one waived fee per Membership year)

  • $45 for Film Independent Members

  • $65 for non-Members 

THE FINE PRINT

Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs.

Film Independent membership is not required when applying to Artist Development Labs; however, all participants accepted into the labs are required to join Film Independent at the standard annual membership rate of $95.

Film Independent Members applying to the Screenwriting Lab will receive written coverage of their submissions, whether or not they’re accepted to the program.

Those applicants who are invited to participate in the program should plan to be in Los Angeles for the four-week duration of the Lab. Film Independent is unable to subsidize any travel, lodging and/or visa expenses for any participants attending from outside of Los Angeles. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person.

DEADLINE: 

  • Non-Member Deadline: October 22, 2018

  • Film Independent Member Extended Deadline: November 5, 2018

https://www.filmindependent.org/programs/applications/

Universal Writers Program

INFO: The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

The one-year paid program engages writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers are afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants. In addition to penning two (2) feature-length scripts, writers participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative and professional development, as well as overall knowledge of the Studio production process from pitch to premiere. The Program also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events.

Writers selected to participate in the Program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring an exclusive, full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week. Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) has the option to extend the writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year. 

DEADLINE: October 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

universaltalentdevelopment.com/writers

 

FILM -- SEPTEMBER 2018

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

AWARD: Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2018

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

FILM -- AUGUST 2018

360 INCUBATOR

Black Public Media

INFO: 360 Incubator + is back with a call for submissions open now. In its third year, 360Incubator + is one of Black Public Media’s innovative programs designed to bring filmmakers representing an array of styles, interests and creative approaches into the public media community.  Ten projects (nonfiction feature length or limited series films) that are currently in the pre-production phase will be selected to participate in the program that kicks off this fall and concludes with an opportunity to pitch funders at BPM’s Pitch Black in June 2019.  T

he 360 Incubator, an intensive hands-on training residency, provides media-makers with tailored instruction to address needs specific to each project.  With the guidance of a media professional mentor and group workshops, training is provided in targeted areas such as proposal development, script writing, fundraising, understanding the business, distribution options, outreach, and more.  Every participant completes the Incubator with a pilot or funding reel, a full project proposal, and a robust fundraising strategy. Past 360 projects have secured distribution deals with PBS Digital and World.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2018

FILM -- JULY 2018

SCRIPTAPALOOZA FELLOWSHIP

INFO: The fellowship program was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help further their creative process and skills. Writing in itself is a journey and we would like to facilitate the process by giving the fellows the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and individuals.

Fellowship recipient will receive: 

  • Fellowship recipient will be sent to a Robert McKee Story Seminar.
  • Airfare and Hotel to Los Angeles or New York.
  • 6 month mentorship with Scriptapalooza mentor.
  • Access to over 90 producers thru Scriptapalooza's network.
  • Attend an Aaron Sorkin MasterClass online class.

5 recipients will receive: 

  • 3 month mentorship with Scriptapalooza mentor.
  • Access to over 90 producers thru Scriptapalooza's network.
  • Attend an Aaron Sorkin MasterClass online class.
  • We will offer advice, guidance and direction on your script.

FELLOWSHIP FEES: 

  • Fellowship entry only $45
  • Fellowship entry with 4-5 pages of feedback $155

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline is July 9
  • Applicants get their feedback between July thru September
  • We announce the top 6 Fellows on September 3
  • We announce the Fellowship recipient on September 10
  • Fellowship recipient attends the McKee Story Seminar in 2018

www.scriptapalooza.com/fellowship/

 

2018 SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

INFO: The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. They welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, they also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in their 23rd year, they have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry.

The competition consists of four categories (Short, Original Teleplay, Feature, and Horror). Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category. In addition to that, Slamdance will present the Grand Prize for the best screenplay, regardless of category.

DEADLINE: July 23, 2018

SUBMISSION FEE: Please visit website for more information

showcase.slamdance.com/Screenplay-Competition

FILM -- JUNE 2018

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINE: June 8, 2018

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

 

FIRELIGHT DOCUMENTARY LAB OPEN CALL

INFO: The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

We are looking for applicants who make artful and innovative documentary films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time. Firelight Media will consider all types of long form documentary projects - historical, investigative, personal, verité, and experimental.

Firelight Media utilizes the Core Documentary Application. As part of your submission, you will need to share a work sample no longer than 15 minutes (for projects in production) or a rough cut at any length (for projects in post.)

You will receive notification of your status within 12-16 weeks of submission. If you are among a small group of finalists who advance through a series of peer reviews, you may be asked for additional information or project updates. Results will be shared September 2018. 

DEADLINE: June 12, 2018

firelightmedia.tv/doc-lab-open-call/

FILM -- MAY 2018

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   

INFO: Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships to amateur screenwriters. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

AWARD: $35,000 Fellowship

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FEES:

  • Late Submission – May 1, 2018 by 11:59pm PST ($85 entry fee)

oscars.org/nicholl/about

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

INFO: The mission of the ‘Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition’ is to bridge the gap between emerging black screenwriters and producers who want to make films that represent the black experience. By shining a light on the culture and historical perspective that has shaped – and continues to shape – the lives of the black population in both the United States and abroad, we hope that the scripts and films generated will bring about a greater representation of black talent and a greater assimilation of black stories into the film industry.

We are a team of artists, writers, directors, and producers who are dedicated to the success of the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. We look for storytellers who are passionate about creating narratives about our communities in the U.S. and abroad – from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Wall Street and the NBA; and from Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean to the streets of London.

Because we believe that these stories are part of the incredible tapestry of our world culture, we welcome submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, white, black, Latin, Asian, and everything in between in order to create diversity in the film industry. We are passionate about discovering promising artists and we love all kinds of stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare; from silly comedies to gritty dramas. No two paths are the same and no two stories are alike. As long as your script is about the black community or issues affecting the black community, where ever that black community might be, be it in the U.S., Africa, or outer space. We just want to see more stories about our communities.

We specifically hope that our ‘Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition’ will inspire more talented black authors to submit their work so that we will have the opportunity to introduce more films about the black experience to the industry.  Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, to see more black stories to go into production, and to connect production companies that tell our stories to the exceptionally talented storytellers who are writing them. We want to inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories that will inspire future generations to tell great stories.

1ST PLACE GRAND PRIZE

$250 in cash and prizes, recognition as the winner of the Black Screenplays Matter Screenwriting Competition, and your logline and script will be distributed to our database of agents and producers on both coasts who are looking for clients and material to produce. Winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

2nd PLACE GRAND PRIZE

You will be honored as a finalist and your logline and script will be distributed to our database of agents and producers on both coasts who are looking for clients and material to produce. Winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

3rd PLACE GRAND PRIZE

Your logline and script will be distributed to our database of agents and producers on both coasts who are looking for clients and material to produce. One Winner will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

blackscreenplaysmatter.com/

 

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINES:

  • Late – May 25, 2018
  • Extended – June 8, 2018

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

FILM -- APRIL 2018

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   

INFO: Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships to amateur screenwriters. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

AWARD: $35,000 Fellowship

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FEES:

  • Regular Submission – April 10, 2018 ($60 entry fee)
  • Late Submission – May 1, 2018 by 11:59pm PST ($85 entry fee)

oscars.org/nicholl/about

 

DIVERSE VOICES SCREENPLAY CONTEST

WeScreenplay

INFO: WeScreenplay’s contest is focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters (ethnic minorities, women, women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, etc.) – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2018

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

The Kerouac Project

INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past they have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction.

STIPEND: Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included.

RESIDENCY SLOTS: 

  • Fall 2018: September 1 through November 22, 2018
  • Winter 2018–2019: December 1, 2018, through February 21, 2019
  • Spring 2019: March 1 through May 23, 2019
  • Summer 2019: June 1 through August 22, 2019

SUBMISSION FEE: $30

DEADLINE: April 16, 2018

kerouacproject.org/submissions/

 

AT&T SHAPE CREATE-A-THON

INFO: Do you love film or video? Do you have a story to tell? You can submit your script or storyboard to the AT&T Create-a-thon, a competition that challenges content creators and filmmakers to produce a short film over a single weekend. They're looking for creative thinkers and doers from emerging talent to industry veterans to join them at this special filmmaking event.

Spend the weekend of June 2-3 producing a short film on-site at Warner Bros. Studios at the AT&T Create-a-thon. Join the competition by submitting your film or video idea for a chance to be part of the challenge and be eligible to win cash prizes!

They are looking for ideas in all genres that cover short films, narrative shorts, webisodes, and any other short form videos. Follow the instructions below to enter. If your idea and team advance to the next round, you’ll need to flex your creative muscle and film a scene for your short at Warner Bros. Studios.

PRIZES:

Best Overall Film:

  • 1st place: $10,000 for the team
  • 2nd place: $5,000 for the team

Best Overall Mobile Film

Films must be shot on smartphone, tablet or drone. If selected as a finalist, you must submit a 30-second raw footage clip used in the final cut of the film, uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer to be accepted.

  • 1st place: $10,000 for the team
  • 2nd place: $5,000 for the team

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • April 27: Deadline for script and storyboard submissions
  • May 14-18: Teams notified about advancing to the next round
  • June 2-3: Teams film onsite during AT&T Shape
  • June 9-10: Film submissions due
  • June 22: Online voting for finalist films
  • Late-June: Winners announced

https://attcreateathon.submittable.com/submit/109685/att-shape-create-a-thon?aid=Create-1-SMMW&utm_medium=email&utm_source=submishmash&utm_campaign=att-createathon-2018&utm_content=Create-1-SMMW&utm_term=Submittable

 

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINES:

  • Regular – April 27, 2018
  • Late – May 25, 2018
  • Extended – June 8, 2018

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

FILM -- MARCH 2018

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   

INFO: Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships to amateur screenwriters. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

AWARD: $35,000 Fellowship

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FEES:

  • Early Submission – March 7, 2018 ($45 entry fee)
  • Regular Submission – April 10, 2018 ($60 entry fee)
  • Late Submission – May 1, 2018 by 11:59pm PST ($85 entry fee)

oscars.org/nicholl/about

 

DIVERSE VOICES SCREENPLAY CONTEST

WeScreenplay

INFO: WeScreenplay’s contest is focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters (ethnic minorities, women, women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, etc.) – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

DEADLINE:

  • Regular - March 15th, 2018
  • Final - April 15th, 2018

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

URBANWORLD SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.

DEADLINES:

  • Earlybird – March 30, 2018
  • Regular – April 27, 2018
  • Late – May 25, 2018
  • Extended – June 8, 2018

filmfreeway.com/festival/UrbanworldFilmFestival

FILM - FEBRUARY 2018

2018 HIGH SCRIBE COMPETITION: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS & TV PILOTS

Sun Valley Film Festival

 INFO: The 2018 Screenwriters Lab returns to SVFF!

Past hosts and mentors have included Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan [Traffic], Academy Award winner David Seidler [The King’s Speech], Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash [The Descendants], Academy Award nominees Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten [Dallas Buyers Club], Will McCormack [Toy Story 4], Chris Moore [Project Greenlight] and filmmaking legend Mark Duplass [Togetherness]. During the Screenwriters Lab, these dynamos discuss their careers, present their latest work during a live table read, and take questions from the audience.

The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year.

AWARD: The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival. The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.

SUBMISSION FEE: $65

DEADLINE: February 25, 2018

svslab.submittable.com/submit/100018/2018-high-scribe-competition-original-screenplays-and-tv-pilots?aid=Submishmash&utm_medium=email&utm_source=submishmash&utm_campaign=sun-valley-film-festival-2018&utm_content=Sun-Valley-2&utm_term=Submittable

FILM - JANUARY 2018

2018 HIGH SCRIBE COMPETITION: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS & TV PILOTS

Sun Valley Film Festival

INFO: The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The High Scribe winner is announced during the lab and a scene from their script is brought to life with professional actors. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year.

The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival.

AWARD: The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.

SUBMISSION FEE: $40

DEADLINE: January 10, 2018

svslab.submittable.com/submit

 

1 POTATO SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST 2018

Sun Valley Film Festival

INFO: The Sun Valley Film Festival developed the 1 Potato Initiative to support emerging filmmakers and incentivize filmmaking in the state of Idaho.  They’re inviting the winner of the screenplay competition to use the 5k to bring their story to life by filming on location in Idaho.

Whether you have a short script that’s been sitting on your shelf, or you want to write something with the competition in mind, SVFF and the 4th annual 1 Potato Initiative want to hear your story, and help one filmmaker take their idea from page to screen.

AWARD: The winning script will receive $5,000 in funds towards shooting their film on location in Idaho, as well as having SVFF support from development to finished product. As a producing partner on the film, SVFF will connect the winner with seasoned filmmaker participants, arrange special networking opportunities with Industry experts, and help build a presence for the film as it begins its festival journey.

The winning 1 Potato short script will be announced at the 1 Potato Initiative reception during the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival in March.

WINNING SHORT MUST BE FILMED IN IDAHO. Do not submit your script unless you are able to commit to filming in Idaho.

BENEFITS FOR SELECTED FILMMAKER[S] INCLUDE:

  • $5,000 prize towards film budget
  • rare networking opportunities with Industry established filmmakers
  • inclusion in exclusive SVFF events
  • highlighted world premiere at SVFF 2019
  • SVFF brokered deals and opportunities

SUBMISSION FEE: $4

DEADLINE: January 10, 2018

svslab.submittable.com/submit

 

HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION RETREAT

INFO: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico provides residency grants to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin.

The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

The HWF also provides academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in the creative arts.

The Foundation offers three sessions a year: 
• Session 1 (mid January - mid April) 
• Session 2 (June - mid August) 
• Session 3 (early September - early December)

What is included in the residency?

The HWF grants rent-free and utility-paid housing on the foundation campus, providing artists with their own fully furnished home and a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. The HWF places no expectations or requirements on the artists in residence; It is the gift of time and space. In addition to the casitas, the HWF campus includes the Commons House w/ wi-fi, Library, The Main House, and laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for their own food and transportation, although the Foundation does provide bicycles for artists in residence. 

What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?

  • Visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, ceramicists 
  • Literary artists: writers, poets, playwrights & screenwriters 
  • Music composers and songwriters

Literary artists must submit hard-copy work samples. Include a cover sheet containing your contact info and table of contents, but please omit names and contact info on the writing samples themselves

  • Writers: samples should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages 
  • Poets: a maximum of six poems. 
  • Playwrights: include one complete play. 
  • Screenwriters: include one complete screenplay. 

APPLICATION FEE: $25

DEADLINE: January 18, 2018

wurlitzerfoundation.org/apply