Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Diverse Voices

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Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
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Objective

There’s no doubt about it — Hollywood has a growing interest in stories from different perspectives. Managers and agents are signing writers from underrepresented backgrounds in record numbers as the industry is finally taking strides to become more inclusive and diverse.

Diverse Voices is a dynamic screenwriting lab with a proven track record of helping move the needle for stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.

Over a dozen past winners have been signed, staffed, and optioned as a direct result of their Diverse Voices Lab meetings. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/15/2021

Notification: Quarterfinalists – November 15th, 2021 – Top 20%. Semifinalists – December 15th, 2021 – Top 5%. Finalists - January 15th, 2022 - Top 25. Winners – February 15th, 2022 – Top 3-4.

Rules

Please see https://www.wescreenplay.com/diverse-voices for full list of updated rules.

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CAREER-CHANGING LAB

The Diverse Voices Lab is a one-of-a-kind experience. Writers chosen for the lab have a long weekend PACKED with workshops to hone their craft, mentorship calls with working writers, and general meetings with studio execs, literary reps, and more.

This is not a “sit back” passive webinar experience. It is a “get your questions answered, find the right literary representation, and meet potential collaborators” busy several days. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any emerging screenwriter.

This lab has directly led to writers getting staffed, signing with their dream reps, and more! Want more info? You can read about the Diverse Voices Lab experience here: https://www.wescreenplay.com/blog/virtual-event-real-success-why-you-should-enter-the-diverse-voices-lab/.

Additionally, the winners get access to ongoing mentorship from WeScreenplay including an initial phone call, guidance for drafting query letters, research methods for finding the right representation, prep before big meetings, and strategic planning for next steps in their careers — all based on the writer’s specific goals.

JUDGING: Our judges are all industry-leading professionals. The final round of judging will be read internally by the WeScreenplay team as well as by our industry jury.

JURY:

Gisselle Ruiz
Head of Diversity & Inclusion for WME. Gisselle Ruiz Ed.M is the current Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the William, Morris, Endeavor (WME) agency where she is on a mission to #CHANGEHOLLYWOOD. She leads WME’s commitment to be an anti-racist and ally-oriented company, and she works across WME guiding and bolstering efforts in recruitment, retention and strategic partnerships to achieve the agency’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. She has led talent acquisition and DEI at top companies and organizations including NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, Creative Artists Agency, Google, Facebook, and most recently was the global talent acquisition leader and spearheaded diversity and inclusion initiatives at TikTok. Gisselle holds a bachelor's degree from Clark University in Urban Development and Social Change and a masters degree in Policy, Planning, & Administration from Boston University. She is a proud first generation transnational bilingual Afro-Latina with a deep connection to her Dominican heritage. She coaches individuals and teams on owning their power, story, and journey to amplify and unlock their potential to achieve personal and professional growth.

Katrina Mathewson
TV Writer, Co-Chair of the WGA's LGBTQ+ committee Katrina (Katie) Mathewson - and her writing partner Tanner Bean - got their start on Fox's critically acclaimed / tragically cancelled drama PITCH. They went on to create VERSUS, a coming-of-age limited series produced by AwesomenessTV. Katie and Tanner most recently wrote on Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE — while simultaneously writing CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER, a Lifetime movie starring Tony winner Ali Stroker. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Katie is a tattooed motorcyclist who's not nearly as cool as that description sounds. Her passion for LGBTQ+ activism has led her to serve as the co-chair of the Writers Guild of America's LGBTQ+ Committee, as well as on the Guild’s Inclusion and Equity Group. Katie is a co-founder of the Rainbow Pages, an independent database of queer WGA writers.

Kelly Garrett
Executive Director of Original Programming for Freeform As Executive Director of Original Programming for Freeform, Kelly oversees ratings hit CRUEL SUMMER, critically acclaimed and fan favorite GOOD TROUBLE, and EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE OK as a Current Executive. In the past, Kelly was the covering exec on such programs as the critically acclaimed series THE FOSTERS, SIREN, PARTY OF FIVE, THE BOLD TYPE, sci-fi family drama BEYOND, FAMOUS IN LOVE, multi-cam comedy YOUNG & HUNGRY as well as the series BUNHEADS. She also ran point on Peabody Award winning series SWITCHED AT BIRTH and procedural drama STITCHERS. On top of original series, Kelly oversees Original Movies including Freeform’s THE THING ABOUT HARRY, GHOSTING, SAME TIME NEXT CHRISTMAS, TURKEY DROP, LIFE-SIZE 2, NO SLEEP 'TIL CHRISTMAS, and THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRISTMAS\, along with a growing original movie development slate.

Juan He
Literary Manager at Housefire Management Juan started his career in Universal Pictures Creative Development where he was involved in the development of feature films such as JURASSIC WORLD, MUMMY (2017), NIGHT SCHOOL etc. He later joined the world’s biggest talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in their Motion Pictures department where he worked in representation, with a strong focus on directors and writers. After CAA, Juan joined Good Fear Content as a junior manager/producer. As a junior manager, he consistently grow Good Fear’s writers and directors clients roster by scouting talents from all over the globe. In late 2018, Juan found a British horror director Alberto Marina and successfully set up his short film BAGHEAD at StudioCanal with Picture Co producing. In early 2019, Juan submitted his client’s project HICKAM to Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Steven Spielberg through CAA for production considerations. Recently, Juan joined Housefire Management where he continues to advocate for the voices he believes in.

The Diverse Voices Lab is a one-of-a-kind lab experience. Those chosen for the lab will have a long weekend PACKED with workshops to hone their craft, mentorship calls with working writers, and general meetings with studio execs, literary reps, and more. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any emerging screenwriter.

Diverse Voices

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Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Email:
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Contact: Sarah , Director of Contests

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

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Los Angeles, CA 90017

Web:
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Contact: Sarah , Director of Contests

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter J J Hillard

An interview with screenwriter J J Hillard regarding the Diverse Voices Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The title of my short screenplay is "MY STARDUST" and this is the logline: An astronaut’s elderly widow, watching TV news of an unmanned test flight to Mars, discovers evidence that she may be more than just a viewer of the mission.

IndieWire Press Release: http://www.indiewire.com/2016/07/wescreenplay-diverse-voices-screenwriting-competition-winners-announced-1201706359/

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: My short screenplay fit two important criteria for WeScreenplay's Diverse Voices competition, which was "designed to encourage writers who are under-represented in Hollywood..." My main character and I are both over forty!

My Stardust [and another short of mine ("S&M IN SPACE")] won a "platinum award" laurel in the Spring 2016 International Independent Film Awards: http://www.iifilmawards.com/Platinum_Award.html

The results for a few other contests I've entered are still pending.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I am very satisfied with the administration of this contest and with the direct communication (email and phone) I've had with Mark Stasenko, WeScreenplay's co-founder and director (and a screenwriter himself).

Cumulative scores (covering 9 aspects of screenplays) were posted by each reader in sequence during the competition and all deadlines were met. The awards for winners are now forthcoming and generous -- including an invitation to a party for all the finalists (WeScreenplay will pick up the drink tab)!!

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: This script has gone through quite a few revisions over the course of the past few years, based on helpful feedback from readers in other contests. This is the first time it has won an award. It was carefully structured and I would estimate the number of drafts it had to be more than a half-dozen.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I used Final Draft to write this script, but it's not the latest version of that software. I have used Dramatica Pro in the past for a novel manuscript, but not lately.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: Like many screenwriters, I try to set aside several hours to write every day, but that ends up including research as well. The good thing is I am now writing full-time as my career.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: First, I prepare a detailed outline of my entire screenplay, so I'll know where I need to go in each scene. Then I start writing in Act 2 and move onto Act 3. That way I know the critical elements Act 1 will need to include to foreshadow what will be revealed later. This helps me avoid getting stuck in earlier scenes. Also, doing research, reading produced screenplays, and watching films helps me if I need a break from crafting a script.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I took 3 UCLA extension screenwriting classes online, all taught by Screenwriter Jessica Scott.

One of my shorts (BOING!) won a Creative Screenwriting Magazine-sponsored contest at a past Screenwriting Expo. Because of that I was awarded a 2-year fellowship to Jeff Gordon's Writers Boot Camp.

Following that I completed Hal Croasmun's online ScreenwritingU ProSeries course.

I am rewriting 3 feature screenplays. I have written one teleplay (an episode of The Big Bang Theory) and a half-dozen shorts. I've had a short optioned once (S&M IN SPACE). My crime thriller short (CAGEY) got a Wildsound monthly contest videotaped table read.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I don't live in Los Angeles, although I have lived in Long Beach. I'm in Northern California at this time. It will be very easy for me to fly down to L.A. and stay for meetings if/when invited.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: As well as rewriting the 3 feature screenplays I mentioned, I am working up a premise for a contained horror film centered in Napa Valley. I also want to revisit the novel manuscript I wrote which is the companion piece to a screenplay.

Thanks for making this interview format available.

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

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Contact: Sarah , Director of Contests

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
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