Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship recipients are expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year. Fellowship payments are subject to satisfactory progress of the recipient’s work, as judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee. Fellowship recipients, selected from approximately ten finalists in the competition, are announced in October. The winners and finalists are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November.
The Academy reserves the right to grant no awards if, in the opinion of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, no entry is of sufficient merit.
Applications are accepted online only. Entrants must register an online account, then log in to that account to access an application. The application is available only when the competition is open for submissions. You may confirm whether your script has been processed into the competition by logging into your online account. Due to the volume of entries received, it may take up to one week to see "confirmed" next to your script title. All entrants will receive notification of their status by e-mail sent no later than August 1 of each year.
The competition is open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. An entrant may submit a maximum of three screenplays in the current competition. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.
Fees and deadlines:
March 1: $35
April 10: $50
May 1: $65
Submit an application: