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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1313 N. Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States
310-247-3010
310-247-3794 fax
nicholl@oscars.org
www.oscars.org/nicholl

Contact: Brian Grady, Program Assistant, Nicholl Fellowships
Description: Sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is the most prestigious competition for amateur screenwriters in the world. In adition to offering up to five $35,000 fellowships each year, the Nicholl Fellowships serves to open industry doors by bringing an exceptional amount of professional attention to the winning writers.
Objective: The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting were established in 1985 by a gift to the Academy Foundation from Mrs. Gee Nicholl to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.
Eligibility: Writers in English who have not earned more than $25,000 (lifetime) writing for film or television
Entry Fee: $45 by Mar. 7; $60 by April 18; $85 by May 2
Type: Screenplay
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Once
Sponsored By: Other
Start Date: 1/16/2016
Submission Deadlines: 5/2/2016
Winners Announced: October of each year
Year of Origin: 1986
Rules: Application forms are available in January of each year, most readily from the Academy's Website at www.oscars.org/nicholl. Complete rules and a considerable amount of additional information about the Nicholl competition is also available.

Applicants must submit:
A. A completed application form.
B. One copy of an original feature film screenplay uploaded in PDF format. The feature screenplay should be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced. Entries may, however, be adapted from the applicant's original work, which should be noted on the application form.
If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page.
Collaborative work, undertaken by no more than two writers, is eligible. Collaborative screenplays written by three or more writers are not eligible. Separate application forms should be submitted by both collaborators. One should be designated the prime contact for all mailings. Writing partners selected as Fellows will divide the Fellowship stipend equally.
The applicant's name, address, phone number or any other identifying information should not appear on the cover, the title page or any other page of the script.
Prizes and Awards: Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year. The winning writers are invited to participate in Nicholl Fellowships Award Week activities, including seminars, special meals and an awards dinner. Out of town winners are provided travel costs and hotel accommodations.
More: Past winners have included writer-directors Allison Anders, Doug Atchison, Nicole Beckwith, Radha Bharadwaj, Raymond de Fellita, Jacob Estes, Kurt Kuenne and Karen Moncrieff and and writers Susannah Grant, Anthony Jaswinski, Ehren Kruger, Andrew Marlowe, Randall McCormick, Terri Miller, Annmarie Morais, Mike Rich and Rebecca Sonnenshine.
Contact information lists are distributed to agents, executives, managers and producers each year.

 


 

 

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