Outfest is now in its 40th year. And the festival has announced an expansion of its 2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, which just opened this week. With support from Netflix, Outfest is waiving the submission fees for all applicants.

Initially created in 1997 as a screenwriting contest, the Outfest Screenwriting Lab is an opportunity for developing writers to learn and network together. The partnership between Outfest and Netflix is part of Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, which helps create more behind-the-camera opportunities for underrepresented communities. 

"Everyone knows that a great film, a great series, a great story begins with the screenplay," Outfest Executive Director, Damien S. Navarro, said in a statement. "Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Screenwriting Lab was Outfest’s first foray outside of our namesake festival. The expanded partnership with Netflix allows us to further expand the reach and impact of this heralded program."

In this program, 10 LGBTQIA+ screenwriters will be selected for the opportunity to be mentored by top industry showrunners, executives, and writers. These mentors will offer professional development and scriptwriting support.

The writers will attend a week-long lab that will take place virtually in October. The 10 Screenwriting Lab Fellows will also continue to receive guidance and support from mentors throughout the year after the workshop.

Narrative feature-length screenplays and episodic pilot scripts will be considered. For more information on how to submit, visit the Outfest site.

Mentors will include showrunners Jaclyn Moore (Dear White People, Queer as Folk), Alvaro Rodriguez (Seis Manos, American Rust), Micah Schraft (Mrs. America), and Mikko Alanne (The Long Road Home), writers Eduardo Cisneros, Chuck Hayward, MW Wilson. Executives Manny Jaquez, Bianca Quesada, David Ruby, Andrew Wang, and Julie Waters, and industry reps Biz Hurst, Clifford Murry, Cora Olson, and Martin To.

The final deadline is May 31. You can enter here!