Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Diverse Voices

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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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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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Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

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Los Angeles, CA 90017

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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)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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WeScreenplay Announces Diverse Voices Semifinalists

WeScreenplay has announced the Semifinalists for their Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition, which raised $1,437 for the Books for Kids Foundation.

147 written by David Baugnon
'Til We Meet Again written by Russell Chan
48 States of Grandpa written by Paul Jury
A Gentleman of Good Hope written by Christina Hulen
A Hundred Realities written by Karel Coates
Allahu Akbar written by Joe Leone
Ana Limic: A "True" Story of Silence written by michael pica
Another River written by Kimba Henderson
B.F.F. (or Lil' Wang) written by Sean Ericson Quetulio
Becoming Quanah Parker written by Steve Warren
BIG FIRE written by Daniel Judson
BLACK MITZVAH written by JACQUELINE FRAZIER
Black-Hearted Bitch written by Lynn Kear
Bobby written by Edwin Sánchez
BODEY'S BANNER written by Ernestina Juarez
Bog Walk written by Dominique Holmes
Borderline written by Philip Tarl Denson
Brave Hearts written by Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel
Burn the Floor written by Chloe Weinberg
Butterfly Children written by Melanie Schiele
Buzz Cut Season written by Tatiana Bears
CHASING RAINBOWS written by Micah Cohen
Chennai 2040 written by Vishnu Sekar
Children of the Gods written by Barbara Chepaitis
Civilian written by Gina Scanlon
Cured written by Joe Osborn
Darling written by Aaron Yeung
DEAN THE DRUMMER written by Tannaz Hazemi
Dietrich Danzig written by John Pisano-Thomsen
DIVORCE PARTY written by Lauren Manes
Don't Call Me Sir written by Bo Svenson
EVE written by Micah Cohen
EZEKIEL SCROOGE: An American Christmas Carol written by Bob Canning
Finding Jane written by Virginia Shaffer
Foxy Naught written by Karen Rouse
Frankie saves the World written by Christine McVie
Gauguin's Garden written by Brandon Rosin
God's Three Tricks written by stefano bozzo
Going Home written by Nir Shelter
Grace in the West written by Odin Ozdil
GRANT'S CROSS written by Ernestina Juarez
Harboring written by Russell Nichols
Heaven's Mistake written by Brandon Montgomery
How to Date Couples written by Sunny Monroe
In-Between written by Sandra Smith
Isabelle's Family written by Sid Pand
It Gets Worse written by Samuel Spitale
IT TOLLS FOR THEE written by Tommy Clohessy
Je Fait written by Edward Jordan
Lakota written by Alexander Major
Little Kid, Big Fears written by Kentrell Liddell
Lost & Found written by Jabari Howard
Love Supreme written by Kimba Henderson
MARS written by Tara Pinley
MERCY written by Amanda Norman
MoneyGripp written by Addison Bhuyan
Mr. Anchovy written by Angela Page
MY STARDUST written by J.J. Hillard
My Stupid Libido written by Mel DuPont
Never Leave Your Vehicle written by Paul Clarke
NIGHT CLAN - "Identity" written by Felicia Ansty
O, Inc. written by Tim Prott
Olé: Rising Above Mith written by kelly karam
PATCHWORK SOLDIERS written by Geoff Holder
Pocono Heaven Lodge written by T Gordon Stanley
Powder Burns written by T Watkins
Power & Light written by Mark Jones
RAGHEAD written by Tom Coash
Rainy Season written by Vanessa Wright
Rooms Of Experience written by Steffany Lohn-Sommers
San Francisco Sandinista written by David Cupples
SECOND WIND WOMAN written by Edwin Turner
Shooting Stars - "Play With Fire" written by Jorge Perez
Singing in Shorthand written by Wayne & Terry Baltz
Stone Woman written by Veronica Tabares
Stone's Compass written by Ramona Taylor
SUPREMACY written by Rosalyn Rosen
The Body Electric written by Amy Thorstenson
THE CLERIC written by Tim & Martin Marks
The Golden Age written by Jon Davis
The Hunter written by Angela Berliner
The Interview written by James Freeman
The Lavender Mafia written by Luke Yankee
The Local written by Christina Pamies
The New Mrs Campbell written by Paul Mahoney
The Other Woman written by Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin
THE RELUCTANT PROPHET written by Edwin Turner
The Talented Uncle Julien written by SiewFeng (Kaede) Loh
The Tear Collector written by Linda Niccol
The Trill Nikkia written by Leon Chills
The unheard flute written by Paul Gross
The Want Ads written by Michael Rhodes
TIES written by Joanne Brouard
To Walk Among Wolves written by Carol Hoffman
Union Station written by Sid Pand
Warrior written by Aimee Dansereau
White Lily written by Preston Poulter
White Sage written by Sean Freelon
With All Deliberate Speed written by Marcus Herzberg
You're My Best Friend written by Karol Ruth Silverstein

Updated: 05/17/2016

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

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Los Angeles, CA 90017

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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)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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