The Black List continues to look for ways to add value to its paid hosting service to entice screenwriters to submit their screenplays. This past summer, The Black List established partnerships with Warner Bros. and WGAW. Now they have announced a new fellowship with independent producer Cassian Elwes, who will personally mentor one chosen screenwriter and take that screenwriter to Sundance 2014.
This year alone, Elwes has been the producer on Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Lee Daniels' The Butler as well as executive producer on All is Lost and Dallas Buyers Club. Prior to his return to producing, he headed William Morris Independent for 15 years, putting together financing for over 280 films.
To qualify for the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship with The Black List, a screenwriter must be unrepresented with lifetime screenwriting earnings not exceeding $5,000 and have written a screenplay with "indie sensibility". The press release further clarifies how a screenwriter can be considered:
Writers with scripts on the Black List or who have had scripts on the site since their October 15, 2012 launch will be able to opt into consideration for the opportunity until December 1, at which time a short list of writers will be shared with Elwes who will decide on one writer to make the trip. The Black List and Elwes plan to award the fellowship annually.
A complete list of rules and regulations can be found in the Submission Agreement on The Black List website.
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Link: The Black List