2021 Annual Black List Feature Lab

The Black List will invite six to eight promising non-professional writers as identified by the Black List to a month-long, intensive virtual writers workshop in September 2021. All writers involved in the Lab will workshop one feature screenplay through one-on-one sessions with each screenwriting mentor and in peer workshops. The program will also include attendance at several story-related events with professional screenwriters, executives, producers, lit agents and managers. All sessions will be held in the evenings on Zoom.

Writers can also opt-in for the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. The 2021 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.

2021 Black List x Hornitos "Take Your Shot" Short Film Program

The Black List is pleased to partner with Hornitos to present the 2021 "Take Your Shot" Short Film Program in order to support and amplify new voices in inclusive and intersectional storytelling. Up to five filmmakers will receive a $15,000 grant each for the purpose of filming a short proof of concept based on their feature screenplay.

2021 Black List x Women In Film Episodic Lab

The Black List and Women In Film will invite six to eight promising non-professional television writers who are of an underrepresented gender (women, NB/GNC, and/or trans, and others) to the Lab. The Lab will run twice weekly for four weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 and will consist of script development, peer workshopping sessions and Master Classes with established writers and industry executives. Lab participants will have their final pilots read by agencies and networks. Writers who are Women In Film members can also submit their script directly to WIF. Sessions will be held on Zoom until further notice.

MACRO + The Black List Feature Screenwriter Incubator

MACRO and The Black List, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, are proud to present the inaugural MACRO x The Black List Feature Screenwriter Incubator. This new initiative offers writers of color the opportunity to develop a film idea to pitch to a Warner Bros. Pictures executive. One writer will be selected to receive $10,000 as well as development support from executives at MACRO and The Black List to craft a feature-film pitch to be presented to a Warner Bros. executive in 2021. The pitch developed for this partnership, if sold, will grant the selected writer a two-step WGA minimum deal. The mission of this program is to discover and empower the next generation of writers in the studio system with creative tools, resources and the access needed to help launch their careers.

Interested writers are encouraged to submit a feature film script sample via the Black List website for consideration in this opportunity between March 18, 2021 and August 1, 2021.

NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship

The Black List is pleased to partner with NRDC’s Rewrite the Future program and The Redford Center to offer financial grants and creative support to three screenwriters working on scripts that offer new perspectives on climate change.