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2020 Black List / Women In Film Women Writers Residency

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The Black List and Women In Film will invite six promising non-professional feature screenwriters who identify as women to participate in a one year residency, kicking off with a weekend intensive in the Los Angeles area the weekend of April 17, 2020. Over the kickoff weekend, writers involved in the Residency will workshop one feature screenplay through one-on-one sessions with screenwriting mentors and in peer workshops. Throughout the following 12 months, writers will be supported through arranged meetings with representation, production companies, and fellow writers to elevate their projects and career trajectories. Writers will also be invited to exclusive Black List and Women In Film events through the end of April 2021.


Writers who are Women In Film members can also submit their script directly to WIF.


The kickoff weekend of the Feature Residency is a residential program and travel and accommodations will be provided for the weekend. If you are accepted into the Residency, you will be required to board in the provided accommodations for the duration of the weekend. Please see below for details. For meetings during the remainder of the year, travel will not be provided, however every effort will be made to accommodate remote connections, if needed.


LAB DEADLINES (Black List)

Submission Period Opens December 5, 2020

Evaluations Deadline (optional)* February 8, 2020

Submission Period Closes March 8, 2020

Short List Writers Notified March 9, 2020

Personal Statements Due March 13, 2020

Skype Interviews March 18 - 19, 2020

Final Participants Notified March 20, 2020

Residency Begins April 17, 2020


* In order for new script evaluations to qualify for consideration for the Residency, they must be purchased by midnight on the Evaluations Deadline. Please note, purchase of an evaluation is not required for consideration to participate in the Residency.


Applicants can apply through either the Black List or Women In Film, however application instructions and deadlines are different for each platform. Women In Film applicants must be active WIF Members in good standing and can submit directly via WIF.


THE SELECTION PROCESS

Up to 15 writers will be invited, based on the strength of their scripts, to submit a one-page personal statement and professional resume. These writers will also be potentially invited to interview. From those submissions, up to 6 writers will be selected by the Black List and Women In Film to participate in the Residency.


TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

For the kickoff weekend, air travel (coach class round trip flights within the continental United States (if available and if used)), ground transport to and from the airport in Los Angeles and all Residency events, and accommodations (room and tax only)* will be provided by the Black List and Women In Film. Meals will also be provided. The kickoff weekend of the Residency is a residential program.


* If you are accepted into the Residency, you will be required to board in the provided accommodations for the duration of the kickoff weekend and, if air travel is required, must be available to be flown to Los Angeles from a major airport within the continental United States.


Travel and accommodations will not be provided for Residency events outside of the kickoff weekend. If you are applying to the Residency and do not live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, you will need to cover your own travel and accommodation expenses for events outside of the kickoff weekend. However, every effort will be made to accommodate remote connections, if needed.


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