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Be Unstoppable™ Film Project


There are great stories waiting to be told everywhere, especially those by emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities. UPS and the Black List believe all voices should be heard, so we’re partnering to give two emerging creators $100,000 each in production grants to make a short film based on their feature film screenplay for the Be Unstoppable™ Film Project.

We'll provide two emerging filmmakers with the resources, time, and expertise necessary to make and showcase a short film that will aim to have a successful film festival run and compete for awards consideration in 2023–with international film festivals like Cannes, Venice, and Toronto as major targets. UPS and The Black List will invite a diverse jury of established filmmakers to judge the shortlist and select the final two filmmakers to participate in this program. Jury members will be announced throughout Summer/Fall 2022.

Interested filmmakers can submit their full length, feature scripts to blcklst.com from June 9, 2022 to September 18, 2022. The Black List recommends, but does not require, that all interested filmmakers purchase an evaluation by August 18, 2022. 

The Black List does not accept short film scripts on the website. Only full-length, completed feature scripts will be accepted for consideration. Do not submit your short film script.

Shortlisted filmmakers will be asked to submit a directing sample along with their full-length, completed feature film script (no shorts, pilots, webseries, plays, or musical submissions for this opportunity, please.) The participating filmmakers will be announced on November 14, 2022, and they will have roughly six months to complete their shorts in time for consideration in the 2023 film festival circuit. More information is available at the Be Unstoppable™ Film Project website.

Important dates

  • Submission Period Opens June 13, 2022

  • Evaluation Purchase Deadline (optional) August 18, 2022

  • Submission Period Closes September 18, 2022

  • Filmmakers Announced November 14, 2022

Can I submit my short script?

No. The Black List does not accept short scripts. You may only submit a full-length, completed feature screenplay.

Can I submit my pilot to be adapted into a short?

No. This opportunity is only open to feature scripts.

Who is eligible to apply?

Filmmakers from underrepresented communities with full-length, completed feature scripts that are ready to be adapted into short films are welcome to apply. Director/writer teams may also apply for this opportunity. All submitting filmmakers should be prepared to share prior directing samples if selected. If the submitted materials written by a team consisting of one or more writers, each member of that writing team must comply with these Submission Requirements, including agreeing to the Submission Agreement all members of the writing team must opt-out of the Program if any other member becomes ineligible (including as a result of failing to timely agree to the Submission Agreement or failing to timely provide the materials listed above).


-You must post an original screenplay on www.blcklst.com and opt-in to the Program during the Submission Period. Ideally, you will have directed at least one short film previously.

-You must be at least 18 years of age and not a minor in the state or country of your residence at time of submission. 

-The submitted materials must be wholly original to you and you must be the sole owner of all rights. The submitted materials must not in any way infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity or, to the best of your knowledge in the exercise of reasonable prudence, constitute libel, defamation or invasion of privacy or any other rights of any third party.

Please read the full submission requirements in the document uploaded to the top left of this page.