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Kimberly Seilhamer's TOP TEN Recommendations.
The Nicoll Fellowship in Screenwriting Walt Disney Studios & ABC Entertainment Fellowship Program
Sundance Screenwriter's Lab Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship
Warner Bros. Writer's Workshop The UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition
American Zoetrope Universal Studios Emerging Writers Fellowship
Burbank International Film Festival Fox Entertainment Group Diversity Development

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The Nicoll Fellowship in Screenwriting.                                                                                                                      

The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is an international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. It is sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences.  Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible. Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded each year.

Walt Disney Studios & ABC Entertainment Fellowship.

Fellows will each be provided a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period.  Their application, statement of interest, the Writing Fellowship Program Letter Agreement, writing sample (with proof of current registration with the Writers Guild of America, West or East and/or the Library of Congress), resume and biography, must be submitted together to the contact mailing address listed on their website. There is no application fee. However, your Program Letter Agreement is a legal document and must be signed and notarized and included with your application and submission. You will want to review the Writing Fellowship Guidelines for additional requirements. You are not required to send in your submission through registered or overnight mail. However, to ensure proof of mailing, you may wish to use these services since they will not confirm receipt of your application package.

Sundance Screenwriters' Lab.

Twice a year, a group of 12 Screenwriters Lab Fellows spend five days in the mountains of Sundance, Utah focused entirely on crafting the most compelling version of their original feature film scripts.  One-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors and group discussions with the entire Lab community support, challenge, and inspire the screenwriters during this intensive process of script development.

The Feature Film Program selects 20-25 projects each year to receive one or more areas of support.  A combination of intensive year-round outreach, recommendations from a national network of program alumni, Creative Advisors, film school faculty, film festival staffs, producers, and other film professionals, and an open submissions process yield a pool of applicants from which the program's Fellows are selected.  Historically, open submissions have provided roughly half of the total number of projects considered for the Labs.

Project selection is based on our passion for the material and the writing and, if applicable, the directing talent involved.  The selection process is based on the script and the voice of the screenwriter, and it is not necessary for anyone other than the writer to be involved in the application process.  In order to get a more complete sense of the filmmaker's vision and aesthetic, our application asks candidates to describe their choices for director, cast, composer, animator, or other creative elements.

In addition to the extensive creative and practical support provided throughout a project's development, Sundance Institute supplies airline travel, accommodations, and meals at Sundance Resort in Utah for one writer/filmmaker per project for the duration of the Lab.  The Institute considers special requests to provide accommodations and meals for additional creative partners, and may ask the creative team to cover travel expenses.

Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship.

The fellowship is open to domestic applicants only, 18 years or older.
Application materials should be clipped to the front of the writing sample and not bound within material.

Appropriate spec scripts must be:
~ Comedic
~ Live Action or Animation
~ Based on a half-hour television series
~ Currently being produced for primetime network or cable

The following materials will NOT be considered: feature-length screenplays, hour-long dramas, pilots, treatments, outlines, plays, short stories, books, graphics, magazine/newspaper articles, poems, headshots, audio/video tapes, digital media, loose leaf pages or scripts bound in 3-ring binders.

Warner Bros. Writer's Workshop.

For over 30 years, Warner Bros. TV has committed to fostering new talent and providing opportunity for aspiring television writers. The Writers Workshop is the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their writing career. The Workshop teaches every aspect of spec script writing and features exposure to Warner Bros. TV's top television writers and executives, all with the goal of staffing graduates on a Warner Bros. TV show.  There are two workshops:  Comedy Television and Drama Television. You must be available to meet on the Warner Bros. lot  in Burbank once a week for a period of approximately 3 months.

The UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition.

Contest applicants must have completed three screenwriting courses in the Writers' Program in the 24 months prior to the competition deadline each year in order to qualify.  The Writers' Program is committed to enriching writers and aspiring writers in Southern California, and through its online offerings the global internet community.  There are many online courses and certificate programs available.

American Zoetrope.

Francis Ford Coppola's aim is to seek out and encourage compelling film narratives, and to introduce the next generation of great screenwriters to today's leading production companies and agencies.  No entrant may have earned money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay for more than $5,000.  Entrants must be 18 years or older and the rights to the submitted screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.  

Screenplay submissions must be the original work of the applicant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the writer does not own rights.  Entries may be adapted from the applicant's original work, works in the public domain, and from works to which the author owns all film rights—this should be noted in the entry form. If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted in the entry form.

Collaborative work is accepted. Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.  The selection of the winner will be made by the Judge, Francis Ford Coppola.

Universal Studios Emerging Writers Fellowship.

No information available at this time.  2014 - 2015 fellows have already been selected.

Burbank International Film Festival.

This festival is held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  They accept Screenplay submissions via WITHOUTABOX only.  For more information, contact 888-7674631 or email  Board of directors include many Academy Award nominees, Emmy nominees, and Golden Globe nominees and winners.

Fox Entertainment Group Diversity Development.

The emphasis in their Writer's Initiative is to support the development of original television series ideas by diverse writers, or by non-diverse writers who are writing about inherently diverse themes and/or diverse lead characters. African-American, Latino, Native American and East and South Asian writers are particularly encouraged to apply. You must be at least 18 years old to submit.

All writers are required to submit two (2) copies of a single original television pilot script, comedy or drama. We will accept only one TV pilot script per writer, and such original script must be submitted through either agent/attorney representation or with a signed and notarized FOX Legal release form.  Script title page must identify the pilot genre from these three categories: hour drama, multi-camera comedy; single-camera comedy.  Pilot scripts not to exceed 60 pages.


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