Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Nicholl Fellowships

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Objective

To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/01/2020

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.

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Awards

Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2019, $4.58 million has been awarded to 176 writers.

Nicholl Fellowships

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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)

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

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Five Selected to Receive Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Beverly Hills, CA - Five new writers have been selected to receive the 2002 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each will receive the first installment of the accompanying $30,000 prize at a dinner in Beverly Hills on November 14, at which Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Paul Attanasio ("Quiz Show," "Donnie Brasco") will deliver the keynote address.

This year's recipients are (listed alphabetically by writer's name):

John Ciarlo; Brooklyn, New York; "Bend in the River"

Matt Harris; Burbank, California; "Moon of Popping Trees"

Pamela Kay; Spokane, Washington; "Nude and Naked"

Kurt Kuenne; Burbank, California; "Mason Mule"

Creighton Rothenberger; St. Davids, Pennsylvania; "The Chosin"

The winners were selected from ten finalists, which had been winnowed from a record 6,044 scripts submitted this year. The competition is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000 or received a fellowship or prize that includes a "first look" clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer's work.

Final judging was conducted by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd and comprised of writers John Gay, Susannah Grant, Fay Kanin,

Hal Kanter, Dan Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman and Dan Taradash, cinematographer John Bailey, editor Mia Goldman, actor Eva Marie Saint, producers David Nicksay and Buffy Shutt, and agent Ronald Mardigian.

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during the 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.

Since the program's inception in 1985, a total of 78 fellowships have been presented and there are numerous success stories among the fellows. Most recently, Mike Rich, a 1998 Fellow, wrote "The Rookie," which was released earlier this year. His Nicholl entry script, "Finding Forrester," was released in 2000. Fellow Karen Moncrieff (1998) directed her Nicholl script, "Blue Car," and 1997 Fellow Anthony Jaswinski wrote and directed "Killing Time," both films premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Ehren Kruger (1996) wrote the just-released "The Ring;" his other credits include "Reindeer Games" and "Arlington Road." Allison Anders (1986 Fellow) has a long list of writing and directing credits including last year's "Things behind the Sun," and Gabrielle Burton (2000 Fellow) wrote "Manna from Heaven," which premiered at the 2001 South By Southwest Film Festival. Grant, a 1992 Fellow who joined the Nicholl committee last year, received an Academy Award nomination in 2000 for her "Erin Brockovich" screenplay. Also in 2000, Raymond De Felitta (1991) directed his fellowship-year script, "Two Family House," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released later that year; Andrew W. Marlowe (1992) wrote "Hollow Man;" and Randall McCormick (1987) received co-story credit on "Titan A.E."

Updated: 10/28/2002

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

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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