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
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.
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
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.
Non-Member Deadline: October 22, 2018
Film Independent Member Extended Deadline: November 5, 2018
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.