Mentors consist of Anna Gerb (All Is Lost), Melissa Breaux of Washington Square Films, and James Belfer of Dogfish, among others. And on top of the mentors and a trip to Costa Rica, BVEW also does a table reading in NYC with your script and a year of BVEW educational resources. You do need to be a member of BVEW to apply for the trip, which is from March 26-29, 2015, and the deadline to apply is coming right around the corner on February 13th, 2015. 

Big Vision Empty Wallet Screenwriters Career Lab

From BVEW co-founder Dani Faith Leonard:

We're creators too, and we put together programs that we would love to participate in.  We're so excited to offer the retreat in Costa Rica, in addition to the mentorship from creators who know a lot about forging an independent path.

Here's what you'll need to apply:

  • a project summary for your feature film – 500 words or less
  • your bio
  • a creative statement/cover letter stating what makes you and your project unique, and what your career goals are for 2015
  • the first 10 pages of your screenplay

Naturally, if you make it to the second round, you'll need to send in your full screenplay. To read more about BVEW and the Lab, and apply, check out the Big Vision Empty Wallet site for all the details. 

If you're planning to apply, best of luck!