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)

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

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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Academy Announces Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Winners for 2007

Seven new screenwriters have been selected as recipients of the 22nd Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive a prestigious $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 15.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Amy Garcia, Manteca, California and Cecilia Contreras, Pleasanton, California, “Amelia Earhart and the Bologna Rainbow Highway”
  • Michael L. Hare, Moorpark, California, “The Fly Fisher”
  • Sidney King, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, “Kalona”
  • David Mango, Japan and Syracuse, New York, “Kissing a Suicide Bomber”
  • Andrew Shearer and Nicholas J. Sherman, Los Angeles, California, “Holy Irresistible”


This is the third consecutive year that a script written by a team earned its writers a fellowship, and the first time two writing teams have been selected in a single year; collaborative efforts were first allowed into the competition in 2001. Garcia and Contreras are the first female team to earn a fellowship.

The winners were selected from 5,050 scripts 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.

Final judging of the competition was conducted by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by writer and 1992 Nicholl fellow Susannah Grant and composed of writers Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Hal Kanter, Dan Petrie, Jr. and Dana Stevens; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven Poster; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Gale Anne Hurd, David Nicksay, Robert Shapiro and Buffy Shutt; and agent Ron 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, 103 fellowships have been awarded, and a number of recipients have achieved considerable success. Ehren Kruger, a 1996 fellow, co-wrote the 2007 release “Blood and Chocolate,” based on the novel of the same name. Kruger also wrote “The Ring,” “The Ring Two,” “The Skeleton Key,” “The Brothers Grimm,” “Arlington Road” (Nicholl entry script), “Scream 3” and “Reindeer Games.” Three 1999 fellows have seen their works hit the big screen this year: TJ Lynch co-wrote “A Plumm Summer,” which premiered at the Heartland Film Festival; Annmarie Morais wrote “How She Move,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is slated for theatrical release in January 2008; and Rebecca Sonnenshine co-wrote “American Zombie,” which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Susannah Grant wrote and directed 2007’s “Catch and Release.” She shared writing credit on “Charlotte’s Web,” released in 2006. Grant also wrote 2005’s “In Her Shoes,” and in 2000, she received an Academy Award® nomination for her “Erin Brockovich” screenplay. She also earned writing credits on “28 Days,” “Ever After” and “Pocahontas.”

Updated: 11/05/2007

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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Email:
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Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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