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GLAAD List 2021

In January 2019, GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, in partnership with The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, announced the creation of The GLAAD List, a curated list of the most promising unmade LGBTQ-inclusive scripts in Hollywood that have been hosted on blcklst.com or were included on the 2018 year-end annual Black List, which was unveiled at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The GLAAD List's second edition was announced the following year, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

After facing the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, GLAAD and The Black List are thrilled to announce plans for the third annual GLAAD List in July 2021! Both organizations are issuing a call for submissions for LGBTQ+-inclusive scripts from the industry. Filmmakers and content creators are invited to submit a script for consideration by uploading it to The Black List website during the months of July, August, and September. Submissions will be accepted beginning July 20th, 2021, and with a new deadline extension, will be accepted until October 8, 2021 (previous deadline: September 20, 2021) Feature film and original pilot submissions will be considered for this opportunity.

In order to advance efforts to discover underrepresented LGBTQ-inclusive storytellers, this year GLAAD and The Black List have formed The GLAAD List “Founder’s Circle,” a team of production companies, studios, and streaming services that are instrumental in driving cultural change and amplifying voices from marginalized communities. Members of the inaugural GLAAD List “Founder’s Circle” are: Berlanti Productions, Hello Sunshine, MGM/Orion Pictures, Netflix, Ryan Murphy Productions, and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, all of which have also made charitable donations to support The GLAAD List and host submission and evaluation fee waivers on The Black List website. Representatives from these organizations will participate in the reading of film and episodic shortlist selections and provide input on which scripts are most promising and most inclusive. Executives from each company will meet one-on-one with at least 10 GLAAD List finalists this fall and will have the opportunity to offer a script deal to one, or any number of, GLAAD List feature or pilot writers.

Writers in the LGBTQ+ community and those who are writing about the LGBTQ+ experience are invited to submit their feature scripts for consideration in the 2021 GLAAD List. As a result of our generous Founder’s Circle members, GLAAD and The Black List are pleased to offer the option for two free months of hosting and two free evaluations to select writers who apply for a fee waiver via the Black List website. Writers who wish to apply for a fee waiver for two months of hosting and two evaluations must do so via blcklst.com/GLAAD between July 20th, 2021 and August 3rd, 2021. GLAAD will then assign coupons based on the number of waiver requests and writers will be notified if they have received a coupon from GLAAD. No late applications will be considered.

The Black List is proud to partner with GLAAD, Berlanti Productions, Hello Sunshine, MGM/Orion Pictures, Netflix, Ryan Murphy Productions, and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group on this incredible opportunity for LGBTQ writers!


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