November 25, 2013

Need Some Exposure? ScreenCraft & Celtx Launch a Screenwriting Fellowship That Might Help You

ScreenCraftAs if writing a screenplay wasn't hard enough, there's the battle of getting it in front of someone who has the power and resources to help take your screenwriting career to the next level. However, ScreenCraft and Celtx have joined forces to launch the 1st Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, which aims at being more than just a simple contest, but a chance for screenwriters to receive consultation and the much-needed connections to advance their careers. Continue on to find out how to enter.

Taking feature film, 1/2 hour TV pilot, and 1 hour TV pilot scripts, ScreenCraft is now open for submissions to their 1st Annual Screenwriting Fellowship. For those who aren't familiar with those involved in the fellowship, ScreenCraft is a boutique screenwriting consultancy based out of LA, and Celtx is the developer of the popular pre-production (including screenwriting) software by the same name.

Up to 4 screenwriters will receive development and consultation through the fellowship. Recipients also get a year of one-on-one development with the ScreenCraft team, which includes independent film producer and creative executive John Rhodes and script consultant and professional reader Cameron Cubbison.

Here is a full list from the Fellowship's site that details what the screenwriting fellows will receive:

  • $1,000 stipend and round-trip travel to Los Angeles to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals
  • Consultation with Jen Grisanti, Story Consultant, International Speaker, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of many books.
  • Coffee with screenwriter/producer Don Handfield
  • Lunch meeting with Michael Colleary, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer of Face/Off and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Meeting with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm)
  • Meetings with hand-picked development executives and industry representatives at such companies as Warner Brothers, Fox, Lionsgate, and Focus Features
  • 1-year subscription to a Celtx online workspace, Script apps for iOS and Mac OS X, and a one-on-one Celtx consultation to personalize your workflow.

All writers are eligible as long as they've earned less than $20,000 from professionally writing for TV/film. There is no limit to the number of scripts you can submit, but there is an entry fee of $55. Screenplay/TV pilot page limits are as follows:

  • Features: no longer than 140 pages.
  • Drama Television Pilots: no longer than 70 pages.
  • Comedy Television Pilots: longer than 40 pages

Scripts will be judged based on story, voice, originality, characterization, structure, dialogue, and overall craft. Submissions will be accepted until January 15th, 2014. Also, though it's not required, it'd be a good idea to register your script(s) with the WGA.

What do you think? Are you going to enter ScreenCraft's Screenwriting Fellowship? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Link: ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship -- ScreenCraft

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Overall, a good idea, but this should be more of a "writer development/mentorship" program. There's no need to fly folks to LA, which eats up into the program's budget. Read scripts, get back to the most promising writers. Exchange emails, phone conversations, give guidance, keep in touch.
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"Scripts will be judged based on story, voice, originality, characterization, structure, dialogue, and overall craft" - IMO, the only true measuring criterion is the last one. It's still subjective but is the sole purpose of a script.

November 26, 2013 at 2:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

This sounds like a promising program. But why does this sound like the scam of abundant Film Festivals where for a "small" submission fee your film can potentially be selected and played, which later can potentially be viewed by "industry" people. Imagine if one thousand people submit at their fee. This program will potentially earn $55,000. I get it and strongly believe that the majors should reach out to the unknowns for great unheard of works, but this just seems like a ponzi for those un experienced filmmaker. I don't want this be taken as a negative, but it just seems like a cash boon for these people based on our passions.

/end rant.

November 26, 2013 at 2:59PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Jorge Cayon

A nominal entry fee will always be a part of these contests. For one, they will subsidize the winner prizes. For two, they might keep the completely unqualified away. For three, they will pay for the expenses not covered by the sponsors.

November 26, 2013 at 10:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

By the way, speaking of the originality and the current NFS/Hollywood darling Vince Gilligan. Before "Breaking Bad" went on the air, there already was a show about a denizen of the middle class California suburbia ("BB" was originally set in the Ontario portion of the San Bernardino County, thus references to Cal Tech, located in the nearby Pasadena, in the pilot script) that turned to selling drugs in order to support her family. It was called "Weeds". And, yes, it was a comedy with only elements of drama but its existence does make the BB premise less than original. As John Landis recently said, however, Hollywood is not about the ideas, it's about the execution of those ideas. Let's hope the readers understand that.

November 27, 2013 at 9:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

This is so true. Many of the scripts we read are "pretty good." But the most important thing is finding a stellar filmmaking team - a director's vision is the single most important ingredient, after the screenplay.

This fellowship is aimed squarely at bridging the divide between amateur screenwriters and Hollywood insiders who connect scripts with directors (and their agents & managers).

Thanks for the great post V!

-John
ScreenCraft.org

November 29, 2013 at 1:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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