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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Five Winners Announced for Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Beverly Hills, CA - Five new writers have been selected as recipients of the 2000 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship competition sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Foundation. Each will receive the first installment of their $25,000 prize at a gala dinner honoring them on November 16 in Beverly Hills.

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

Doug Atchison; North Hollywood, California
Script: "Akeelah and the Bee"

Alfredo Botello; Berkeley, California
Script: "The Crasher"

Gabrielle Burton; Eggertsville, New York
Script: "The Imperial Waltz"

Christine R. Downs; Los Angeles, California
Script: "Victory Road"

James M. Foley; Chicago, Illinois
Script: "Powder River Breakdown"

Susannah Grant, writer of "Erin Brockovich" and "28 Days" and a 1992 Nicholl Fellow, will deliver the keynote address at the dinner.

Final judging for the competition was conducted 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.

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 4,250 entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 29 countries. Since the program's inception, a total of 63 fellowships have been presented and many recipients have gone on to successful careers in screenwriting.

During the past year alone, Raymond De Felitta (1991 Nicholl Fellow) directed his Nicholl Fellowship year script, "Two Family House," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically this month; Ehren Kruger (1996) wrote "Reindeer Games" and "Scream 3," Andrew W. Marlowe (1992) wrote "Hollow Man;" and Randall McCormick (1987) received co-story credit on "Titan A.E." Mike Rich's 1998 Nicholl entry script, "Finding Forrester," directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Connery, is slated to be released during the 2000 holiday season. Jeffrey Eugenides (1986) is the author of the novel The Virgin Suicides. The film version premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, had its U.S. premiere at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically earlier this year.

Updated: 10/23/2000

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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