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
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Winners Announced for Academy's 2003 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Beverly Hills, CA - Six new screenwriters, two of whom wrote collaboratively, have been selected as recipients of the 2003 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive the first installment of the prestigious fellowship's $30,000 prize money at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 20.

This year's recipients are (listed alphabetically by script title):

"Augmentation;" Andrea R. Herman; Roswell, Georgia

"Linda and Henry;" Tejal K. Desai and Brian C. Wray; Middletown, Connecticut and Brooklyn, New York, respectively

"Revival;" Annie Reid; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

"Season of the Witch;" Bragi Schut Jr.; Los Angeles, California

"Trucker;" James N. Mottern; Los Angeles

This year marked the first time that a script written by a team earned its writers a fellowship; collaborative efforts were first allowed into the competition in 2001. The program began in 1985.

A record 6,048 scripts were submitted for this year's competition. 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.

These five scripts were selected from a group of ten finalists by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by writer Fay Kanin and comprised of writers John Gay, Susannah Grant, Hal Kanter, Dan Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman and Steven Zaillian, 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.

There are numerous success stories among the previously selected 78 fellows. Most recently, Mike Rich, a 1998 Fellow, wrote "Radio," currently in theaters. His credits include his Nicholl entry script, "Finding Forrester," and "The Rookie." Fellow Karen Moncrieff (1998) directed her Nicholl script, "Blue Car," released earlier this year. Two other competition-winning scripts are currently in production: "Mean Creek," written and directed by Jacob Estes, a 1998 Fellow, and "Island of Brilliance," Dawn O'Leary's 1993 entry. 1999 Fellow TJ Lynch's Nicholl-winning script "The Beginning of Wisdom" is slated to begin production in November. Ehren Kruger (1996) wrote "The Ring" "Reindeer Games," "Scream 3" and "Arlington Road," his Nicholl-winning script. Allison Anders (1986) co-wrote and directed "Things behind the Sun," as well as "Gas Food Lodging." Grant, a 1992 Fellow who joined the Nicholl committee in 2001, received an Academy Award nomination in 2000 for her "Erin Brockovich" screenplay. Her other credits include "Pocahontas," "Ever After" and "28 Days." Raymond De Felitta (1991) directed his fellowship-year script, "Two Family House." Andrew W. Marlowe (1992) wrote "Air Force One," "End of Days" and "Hollow Man." Earlier this year, 1986 Fellow Jeffrey Eugenides was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Middlesex."

Updated: 10/30/2003

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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