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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 (3.5/5.0)
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 (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 47    
Have you entered?
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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 (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 47    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowships Shortlist

Eleven individual screenwriters and one writing team have been shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee will meet later this month to select up to five winners to receive year-long fellowships. A total of 6,915 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition.

Updated: 09/13/2016

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.

Updated: 09/28/2015

Winners Announced For Academy Nicholl Fellowships

Three individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.

Updated: 10/03/2014

Academy Announces Nicholl Finalist Loglines

Loglines have been announced for the 2014 Nicholl finalists.

Updated: 09/25/2014

Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting.

Updated: 09/23/2014

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 (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 47    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Ken Kristensen

An interview with screenwriter Ken Kristensen regarding the Nicholl Fellowships Writing Competition.

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

A: The Nicholl-winning script is OUT OF BREATH, which I co-wrote with Colin Marshall. It's an ensemble dramedy. Two estranged brothers, drawn together by their father's sudden illness, cross paths with a Mexican gambling addict on the run from the mob, and a old Jewish widower who's intent on dating a married woman. It's fun and funny, and sometimes dark. But it has a big heart, which I think holds all its parts together.

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

A: The Nicholl Fellowship is the premiere screenwriting contest in the country--I've wanted to enter it for years. OUT OF BREATH was also honored at Columbia University with the Ezra Litwak Award For Distinction in Screenwriting.

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

A: The Nicholl process is down to a science. They've been doing it for more than 20 years. Everything that was promised was delivered--and so much more.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: One of the great things about the Nicholl Fellowship is that you get to meet the committee and ask them what they thought of the script. They are all big Hollywood players and their feedback is enormously valuable.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: In the last three weeks, dozens of reps, producers and executives at studios have asked for OUT OF BREATH and my other scripts as a direct result of the publicity around the Nicholl win.

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

A: I was a journalist who got fed up with the magazine world and wrote a screenplay as a way of exercising my need to tackle a different kind of narrative. It was such a depressing-but-fulfilling experience. Depressing in the way the screenwriting process can be an emotional roller coaster. Fulfilling in that once you've nailed the story there's a real sense of personal growth. More-so than journalism, where the process can often be merely compiling a mass of facts with a few choice quotes. Anyway, after writing that initial script, I decided that screenwriting was where I wanted to take my career.

I dove head first into it by going to Columbia University's graduate film program. I graduated in May 2008. I've written eight feature scripts, two tv specs, and two graphic novels for Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Currently I'm also a producer on the shows JAIL and INSIDE AMERICAN JAIL (on MyNetwork and TruTV respectively).

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

A: I currently live in Los Angeles. I seem to be one of the few transplanted New Yorkers who loves LA.

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

A: A few weeks before the Nicholl Fellowship was announced I finished a big, fun action script, MISSING LINC. It's in the True Lies/Lethal Weapon tradition. When his ex-wife is abducted, the world's best bodyguard must break a Catholic priest out of jail and go south of the border to track down the Mexican Mafia kidnappers. My management company, Circle of Confusion, and my agency, Brant Rose, are taking it out.

As far as my future scripts...per the Nicholl Fellowship rules, I'm required to write a new script (or more) in the next twelve months-- I'm very very excited about that. The Nicholl administration will be tracking my progress and doling out the Fellowship money every few months. That script is an historical thriller, the story of the first FBI undercover operation. I'm going to have a first draft by March.

Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2008