Screencraft offers a plethora of screenwriting contests for short form and genre-specific, but this fellowship is for long form. Win a trip to Los Angeles and make contact with producers and "Hollywood mentors" by submitting your feature film script or original television pilot script. The contest is open to anyone over 18, worldwide (unless you've made $20,000 or more this year from professional writing for film/TV). A quick overview of other important submission criteria:
- Feature Screenplays must be no longer than 140 pages, Drama Television Pilots no longer than 70 pages and Comedy Television Pilots no longer than 40 pages (or 70 pages double-spaced sitcom pilots).
- Material should be submitted in industry-standard format, font, spacing and margins.
- It is strongly recommended that material be registered with the WGA and/or the U.S. Copyright Office.
- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
- All material must be submitted in PDF format or it will not be eligible.
So who are these Hollywood mentors anyway?
- Geoffrey Fletcher: Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Precious and Violet & Daisy
- Diana Ossana: Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Brokeback Mountain
- Robert Moresco: Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby
- Lawrence Grey: Film producer with two recent seven-figure spec script sales to his credit!
- Ari Lubet: Literary manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the company behind such TV shows as Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, Louie, The Mindy Project, Silicon Valley — and many more!
Past ScreenCraft Fellowship winners have optioned their projects and signed with top representatives at 3Arts, Anonymous Content, Paradigm Talent Agency, ICM, Bellevue Productions and more.
There's another cool thing about this contest: when you submit you can choose to pay $60 extra to receive 1 page of professional feedback on your work. Some say that might be worth the fee alone, though it doesn't tell you who the "studio-trained industry readers" are. Mark your calendars — and good luck.