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2020 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship at the Sundance Film Festival

The Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship is an annual program designed to encourage and identify new talent in the field of independent cinema by awarding one screenwriter each year with an all-expenses paid trip to the Sundance Film Festival and an opportunity to meet with producer Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club). 

Unrepresented feature writers with an independent sensibility who have made less than $5,000 in aggregate in their film or television writing careers will be able to opt into consideration via the Black List website until November 8, 2019. At that time, the Black List will choose ten screenplays by unrepresented writers, imbued with an independent spirit by unrepresented screenwriters, which will be sent on to Mr. Elwes for his consideration. One fellowship recipient will be selected by Mr. Elwes by calendar year's end.

Evaluations purchased before midnight on October 8, 2019 will be guaranteed consideration. The Black List recommends—but does not require—that writers obtain at least one script evaluation for their hosted scripts, as the data from script evaluations inform the process by which the short list of writers is determined for this opportunity.

Check out our FAQ for more information on how to obtain hosting and evaluations at no cost, and for more details on the 2020 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship.