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Dec 2, 2013


The First Annual 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, presented by Celtx, has been announced and will offer up and coming screenwriters a fellowship opportunity to work alongside top industry executives. The winner will be announced at this years Writer’s Guild Awards; Screencraft is an official sponsor of the 2013 WGA AWards.The fellowship offer  is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment industry 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.

This is Celtx’s first foray into collaborating on a screenwriting service. Celtx competitor, Final Draft,  has had their Big Break Screenwriting Contest for over 13 years.

The 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship recipients for both TV and Film will be congratulated from the stage at the WGA (East) Awards ceremony on February 1st, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

ScreenCraft Founder John Rhodes told Press Pass LA exclusively, “We’ve decided to shift the focus from cash-prize screenwriting contests to a more meaningful fellowship that offers ongoing relationships and access for aspiring screenwriters. It’s an honor to partner with Celtx, one the most-loved screenwriting and production software platforms, and with the WGA Awards in New York City, where we’ll be congratulating our recipients on February 1st.”

ScreenCraft Fellows will receive:

6 months of development and consultation with the ScreenCraft consulting team, followed by a $1,000 stipend and round-trip travel to Los Angeles to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals including the following:

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 they have signed with top agencies. 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)

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.

All screenwriters are eligible as long as they have earned less than $20,000 from professional writing services for film or TV. Entries accepted until the deadline on January 15th.

Application form:

Screencraft Fellowship

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ScreenCraft is a boutique screenwriting consultancy in Los Angeles, dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed.

Celtx is a world-leader in development of media pre-production tools for writers and independent filmmakers. Celtx desktop software is used by over four million creators in 170 countries working in 34 languages. Celtx all-in-one online workspaces are used by 600,000 creators world-wide to write, storyboard, breakdown, schedule and budget productions. And over 150,000 mobile media creators use Celtx iOS and Android apps to write and create anywhere, anytime.