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2023 Black List x WIF Feature Residency


The Black List and WIF will invite six promising non-professional screenwriters who are of underrepresented genders (women, NB/GNC, and/or trans, and others) to participate in a one year residency, kicking off with a long weekend intensive in the Los Angeles area on May 18-22, 2023 (dates subject to change). Over the kickoff, writers participating 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 additional events as well arranged meetings with representation, production companies, and fellow writers to elevate their projects and career trajectories. Participants should expect these events to be held in person in Los Angeles. Writers will also be invited to exclusive Black List and WIF events through the end of June 2024.

Writers will also be able to submit their script directly through WIF when applications open on their website later this year.

The kickoff weekend of the Feature Residency is a residential program and accommodations will be provided for the kick-off. 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. 

Participants must be able to provide proof of vaccination (including boosters per current CDC guidelines) and willing to test for COVID-19 infection prior to arriving at the in-person portion of the program. 


  • Submission Period Opens June 29, 2022
  • Evaluations Deadline (optional)* February 5, 2023
  • Submission Period Closes March 5, 2023
  • Short List Writers Notified March 6, 2023
  • Personal Statements Due March 13, 2023
  • Zoom Interviews April 3-4, 2023
  • Final Participants Notified April 5, 2023
  • Residency Begins (Virtually) May 1, 2023
  • Kick-off Session (Los Angeles) May 18-22, 2023**

* 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 although we do strongly encourage that you have your script evaluated. 

** Kick-off weekend dates are subject to change. 

Applicants can apply through the Black List and/or WIF, however instructions are different for each platform


From the Black List submissions, 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. In addition, WIF will generate their own short list of 15 writers who submitted directly to WIF. From the total of those submissions, up to 6 writers will be selected by the Black List and WIF to participate in the Residency.


For the kickoff weekend, ground transport to and from all Residency events, and accommodations (room and tax only)* will be provided by the Black List and WIF. 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.

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 for the kick-off weekend and travel and accommodation expenses for any additional events.