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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

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1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
310-247-3010 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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Objective

To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/01/2017

Notification: By August 1 for quarterfinalists. Near October 1 for winners.

Rules

No applicant may have earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television. Scripts should be in standard form, approximately 90-120 pages. Only PDF screenplays submitted through online application are accepted. Equal collaborations by exactly two writers are eligible. Adaptations of another person's work are not eligible, even if that work is in the public domain or if the entrant has acquired rights to the work.

Awards

Up to five $35,000 fellowships.

Prize includes plane ticket to Los Angeles and one week hotel accommodations for each out of town fellow; industry seminars; lunch with Nicholl Committee; Awards Ceremony & Live Read (of excerpts from winning screenplays).

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Contact

1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
310-247-3010 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Contact

1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
310-247-3010 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 44    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

Academy Names Nicholl Fellowhip Winners

Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The Academy is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the global competition which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Wednesday, November 4, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the third consecutive year, the event also will include a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts. .

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Elizabeth Chomko, “What They Had”
  • Andrew Friedhof, “Great Falls”
  • Anthony Grieco, “Best Sellers”
  • Sam Regnier, “Free Agent”
  • Amy Tofte, “Addis Abeka”


A total of 7,442 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. Ten individual screenwriters and two writing teams were chosen as finalists. Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately chose the winners.

The other finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Ghazi Albuliwi, “Arafat”
  • Jennifer Bailey and Max Lance, ”Best Funeral Ever”
  • Ryan Covington, “The Secrets We Keep”
  • Lynn Esta Goldman, “Angel on the Wall”
  • Murat Izmirli, “Grimwood”
  • Suzanne Kelman and Susannah Rose Woods, “Held”
  • Augustus Rose, “Far from Cool”


Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by writer Robin Swicord, and marketing executive Buffy Shutt serves as vice chair. The other members of the committee are writers Tina Gordon Chism, Naomi Foner, Eric Roth, Kirsten Smith, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographer John Bailey; executive Marcus Hu; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn and Peter Samuelson; and agent Ron Mardigian.

Since 1986, 142 fellowships have been awarded, and in 2015 several past fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

Nikole Beckwith directed “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” from her Nicholl-winning script, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Robert Edwards wrote and directed “When I Live My Life Over Again,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.” Patrick Gilfillan wrote “Lila & Eve,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Kurt Kuenne edited and co-wrote the documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World,” which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Alfredo Botello was a co-writer of “Hollywood Adventures,” which opened as the number-one film in China in June. Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer and supervising producer on “The Vampire Diaries.” Annmarie Morais is a writer on the series “Killjoys.” Andrew Marlowe is the creator and executive producer, and Terri Miller is an executive producer, on “Castle,” now in its eighth season.

Updated: 09/28/2015
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Contact

1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
310-247-3010 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 44    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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