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Sundance Diverse Writers Intensive

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Sundance Institute, we are pleased to announce that again this year we will be helping identify writers for the Feature Film Program’s one-day workshop in Los Angeles for emerging screenwriters and/or writer/directors as part of their Diversity Initiative.

On March 19-20, 2015, twelve to fifteen writers currently developing a narrative feature screenplay will be selected to participate. Writers must be a member of an underrepresented or underserved community working in film (with priority placed on racial/ethnic and gender diversity.) Applications are accepted by invitation only from Sundance Institute staff and through selected Sundance Institute partners.

As an Institute partner, the Black List will recommend up to ten writers to be considered for participation, with Sundance Institute making the final selection of one writer out of those recommended to be included in the workshop.

If you meet all of the below requirements and are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please opt in your script using the form below no later than midnight PST on Monday, January 27. Your eligibility and decision to opt in to this opportunity will not be visible anywhere on the site.

  1. Writers must not have written or directed more than one produced narrative feature film.
  2. Writers must be based in the Los Angeles area OR be able to get themselves to Los Angeles for the day of the workshop at their own expense.
  3. Writers must be a member of an underrepresented or underserved community working in film, with an emphasis on ethnic/racial and gender diversity.
  4. Writers must be able to complete, between January 1 and January 7, a brief application including a one page artistic statement, one to two page plot synopsis of your script, and brief narrative biography of no more than one page.

Based on the data we've gathered about the scripts by the writers who opt in, we'll choose up to ten to complete the Institute application. Those who are selected will receive the application via email on January 28, 2015 and will be expected to complete it by midnight PST on February 2, 2015. We will then pass the applications to Sundance, and they will choose one writer to participate in the workshop.