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2016 Annual Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab

The Black List will invite six to eight promising non-professional writers identified by the Black List script evaluation service to a weeklong, intensive writers workshop in Los Angeles, CA from October 16-22, 2016.

Two of those writers will be selected as the Black List’s 2016 Sloan Foundation Fellow and the 2016 Brockman Fellow. 

2016 Sloan Foundation Fellow

The Black List’s 2016 Sloan Foundation Fellow will be a science- and technology-focused writer with a science-rooted feature screenplay. Mentoring opportunities for the Sloan Fellow will continue throughout the year following the Lab. Writers will have the opportunity to be considered for this fellowship by selecting the “Sloan Foundation Fellow” option during the opt-in process. 

Writers applying for the Sloan Fellowship are encouraged to have a science advisor for the project. Scripts that are selected for the short list will be asked to submit the name and title of the advisor, a brief description of their scientific area of expertise, and a statement that he/or she has read the script and attests that it is accurate. Writers are encouraged to submit this information in advance of the short list announcement as well. These statements should be in PDF format and should be emailed directly to Megan Halpern at megan@blcklst.com with the subject line "2016 Sloan Foundation Fellow Submission - Supplementary Material."

2016 Brockman Fellow

The Black List’s 2016 Brockman Fellow will be a writer with a future-focused feature screenplay that takes a novel approach to artificial intelligence’s impact on humanity. Mentoring opportunities for the Brockman Fellow will continue throughout the year following the Lab. Writers will have the opportunity to be considered for this fellowship by selecting the “Brockman Fellow” option during the opt-in process. 

All of writers involved in the Lab will workshop one screenplay through one-on-one sessions with each screenwriting mentor and a peer workshop (screenwriting mentors will be announced this summer). The weeklong program will also include attendance at several story-related events including screenings and Q&As with professional screenwriters and dinner with lit agents and managers.

Selection Process:

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, up to fifteen writers will be invited, based on the strength of their scripts as evaluated by the Black List screenplay evaluation service, to submit a professional resume and one-page personal statement due on Thursday, September 8, 2016.  Additional statements will be requested from the writers in consideration for the Sloan and Brockman Fellowships. From those personal statements, Lab screenwriting mentors and the Black List will select six to eight writers to participate in the Lab.

Evaluations purchased before midnight on Saturday, August 6, 2016 will be guaranteed consideration.

Travel and accommodations will be provided by the Black List. The Lab is a residential program. If you are accepted into the Lab, you will be required to board in the provided accommodations for the duration of the program.

Beginning 4/6/2016, writers who meet the below criteria can opt their scripts into consideration for the Labs selection process during the uploading process or the “My Scripts” portion of the website:

  • You are the sole and exclusive author of the screenplay submitted for consideration. 
  • You have not received more than $100K in aggregate to date as compensation for film or television writing work.
  • If selected on September 1, 2016 as one of the up to fifteen writers invited to submit a professional resume and one page personal statement for additional consideration, you will deliver that personal statement by noon PST on September 8, 2016.
  • If selected for participation in the Lab program on September 16, you are available to participate in the Lab program in Los Angeles, CA on October 16-22, 2016.

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