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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Nicholl Fellowships

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

Web:
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/index.html
Email:
nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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Objective

Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature length screenplay and entry fee via the online application when the competition is open for submissions. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars, receive individualized Academy member mentorship and are expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during their Fellowship year.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date
Days till:
Entry Fee
Early March 1, 2024
4
$50
Regular April 1, 2024
35
$70
Late May 1, 2024
65
$120

NEW FOR 2024: A maximum number of 5,500 entries will be accepted. The competition will close to applications once the maximum number of applications are submitted or the final deadline is reached—whichever occurs first. See website for details.

Notification: All entrants will receive notification of their status by e-mail sent by early August of each year. Quarterfinalist letters are e-mailed by early August. Semifinalist letters are e-mailed by early September.

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.

Please see website for complete rules and guidelines.

Awards

Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship recipients are expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the fellowship year. Fellowship payments are subject to satisfactory progress of the recipient’s work, as judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee. Up to five fellowship recipients are selected from approximately 10-15 finalists in the competition. The winners are invited to participate in awards week activities.

The Academy reserves the right to grant no awards if, in the opinion of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, no entry is of sufficient merit.

Nicholl Fellowships

Contact

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

Web:
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/index.html
Email:
nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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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:
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/index.html
Email:
nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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 (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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Contest News

Nicholl Fellowships Caps Submissions at 5500

The 2024 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now open to submissions. For the first time this year a maximum of 5,500 submissions will be accepted, one per writer or writing team. [Updated: 02/06/2024]

Academy Reveals Winning Nicholl Screenwriters

Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Each individual and writing team will receive a $35,000 prize and mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year. They also will be featured at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Live Read on November 9 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts. [Updated: 09/30/2022]

Academy Names Nicholl Fellowship Winners

Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize and be highlighted at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Virtual Table Read on Thursday, December 3, where an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts. [Updated: 09/30/2020]

Academy Names Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

The ten finalists for this year's Nicholl Fellowships have been announced. [Updated: 09/14/2020]

Academy Announces 2019 Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

The 2019 Nicholl Fellowships finalists are (listed alphabetically by author): Aaron Chung, "Princess Vietnam", Gary Patent, "Cosmonaut", Jack Zafran, "Justice, Justice", Joel Sinensky, "The Lie Factory", Karen McDermott, "Lullabies of La Jaula", Lynn Esta Goldman, "On the Wing", Matthew Fantaci, "Scandalous!", Paul Ashton, "Slater Berricks is a Dead Man", Renee Pillai, "Boy with Kite", Sean Malcolm, "Mother", Toy Styles, "Concrete Beach", and Walker McKnight, "Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket." [Updated: 09/08/2019]

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Ken Kristensen

An interview with screenwriter Ken Kristensen regarding the Nicholl Fellowships Writing Competition. [Updated: 12/03/2008]

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter James Foley

An interview with screenwriter James Foley regarding the Nicholl Fellowships Writing Competition. [Updated: 06/17/2008]

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:
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/index.html
Email:
nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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 (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 77    
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