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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1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
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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

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Nicholl Fellowship Winners Announced

Beverly Hills, CA - Five writers have been selected as recipients of the 1999 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship competition sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Foundation. Each will receive $25,000 and be honored at a gala dinner on November 17 as part of the the prestigious fellowship award. Marc Norman, who co-wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay of "Shakespeare in Love," will be the event's keynote speaker.

Following are this year's winners (listed alphabetically by writer's name):

Chris E. Balibrera; Venice, California Script: Harvest

T.J. Lynch; Tujunga, California Script: The Beginning of Wisdom

Annmarie E. Morais; Toronto, Ontario, Canada Script: Bleeding

Jaime David Silverman; Los Angeles Script: Last Meals

Rebecca A. Sonnenshine; Los Angeles Script: Mermaid Dreams

Final judging for the competition was done by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by writer Fay Kanin and comprised of writers John Gay, Hal Kanter, Dan Petrie Jr., Frank Pierson, Tom Rickman and Daniel Taradash, cinematographer John Bailey, editor Mia Goldman, actor Eva Marie Saint, producers Gale Anne Hurd and Peter Samuelson, director Robert E. Wise and agent Ronald Mardigian. Saint, Goldman, Rickman, Hurd and Mardigian will introduce this year's Fellows at the dinner.

The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting were established in 1985. 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.

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.

This year's competition drew 4,150 entries from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 26 countries. Since the program's inception, a total of 58 fellowships have been presented and several recipients have gone on to successful careers in screenwriting. Two of last year's Fellows, Robert Humphrey Gyde of Brooklyn and Michael Rich of Portland, Oregon, sold their entry scripts within months of being announced as winners in the competition. Allison Anders (a 1986 Fellow) saw her new film, "Sugar Town," premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival; her past credits include "Gas Food Lodging," "Mi Vida Loca" and "Grace of My Heart." 1996 Fellow Ehren Kruger's "Arlington Road" was released in July and two other films he has written, "Reindeer Games" and "Scream 3," are scheduled for release later this year. "End of Days," written by 1992 Fellow Andrew Marlowe, is also scheduled for release this year. Susannah Grant (a 1992 Fellow) wrote last year's "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," and also had writing credit on Disney's "Pocahontas." "Down in the Delta," written by 1993 Fellow Myron Goble, was also released last year and Mark Lowenthal's "Where the Elephant Sits" received its world premiere at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival; Lowenthal was a 1989 Fellow. Radha Bharadwaj ("Closet Land", "Basil"), Raymond De Felitta ("Cafe Society"), Max Adams ("Excess Baggage"), Randall McCormick ("Speed 2") and Jim McGlynn ("Traveller") are also past Nicholl Fellows. Numerous other winners have sold their Nicholl entry screenplays and other works.

Updated: 10/26/1999

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

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