Celtx partners on Screenwriting Fellowship

26 11 2013



The 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship recipients for both TV and Film will be acknowledged at theWGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 1st, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York.

writers-guild-awards-hdr-imgThe Fellowship is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives. This is not merely a contest; it is a chance to enter an intensive program meant to foster relationships with industry professionals.  With this first-annual fellowship, we aim to cultivate a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry veterans and mentors.

Through the Fellowship, up to four screenwriters (TV and/or Film) will receive development and consultation with the ScreenCraft team, followed by:


  • $1,000 stipend and round-trip travel to Los Angeles* to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals:
  • Consultation with Jen Grisanti, acclaimed Story Consultant, International Speaker, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of many books. Jen’s clients have sold dozens of pilots and two have gone to series. She has helped several writers sign with top agencies and she has helped over 40 writers get staffed on shows.
  • Coffee with screenwriter/producer Don Handfield — Handfield is producing partners with two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner at The Combine. The company most recently produced Kill the Messenger (starring Jeremy Renner and Michael Sheen) for Focus Features/Universal.  Don wrote and directed Touchback (starring Kurt Russell) for Anchor Bay and has written or sold projects to Paramount, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate and others.
  • Lunch meeting with Michael Colleary, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer of such blockbusters as Face/Off and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Meeting with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm)
  • Meetings with hand-picked development executives and industry representatives at such companies as:
    • Warner Brothers 
    • Fox 
    • Lionsgate 
    • OddLot Entertainment 
    • Bold Films 
    • Focus Features 
    • Mosaic Media 
    • Kaplan/Perrone 
    • Walden Media 
  • 1-year subscription to a Celtx online workspace, Script apps for iOS and Mac OS X, and a one-on-one Celtx consultation to personalize your workflow.

*Round trip flight is covered up to $1,000. In the event that the winner is local to southern California, winner will receive $500 travel stipend. In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype.

The Fellowship Award recipients will receive a full year of one-on-one development with the ScreenCraft team, which includes independent film producer and creative executive John Rhodes (The Grey, Drive, Rabbit Hole, Ender’s Game), script consultant and professional reader Cameron Cubbison (Lionsgate Films, Resolution, The Sundance Institute, Open Road Films, Reel FX, Attraction Entertainment), as well as our extensive network of studio executives and producers.

ScreenCraft Fellows are accepted into the program to develop the specific script with which they apply, but the Fellowship is designed to allow for development of additional projects.

Applications will be evaluated based on story, voice, originality, characterization, structure, dialogue, and overall craft.  The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft, will include producer Don Handfield and consultant Jen Grisanti, as well as creative executives from select studios and production companies.

When to Apply:

Applications are being accepted starting immediately and will continue to be accepted until January 15th, 2014.  Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to offer individual feedback; however, information indicating final application status will be sent via email on January 31st, 2014.




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