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2021 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 two screenwriters 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). 

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting changes to both general travel and the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, this year's Fellowship recipients will not travel to Park City, UT. Fellows will receive a pass to the modified 2021 Sundance Film Festival (including satellite events in New York and Los Angeles) and a stipend of $2,500. Fellows that do not live in the Los Angeles or New York metropolitan areas will be traveled to either Los Angeles or New York for Sundance events, subject to current COVID-19 travel restrictions and the 2021 Sundance Film Festival schedule. Additional events and meetings will be hosted with Mr. Elwes via Zoom. 

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 15, 2020. At that time, the Black List will choose ten screenplays imbued with an independent spirit by unrepresented screenwriters, which will be sent on to Mr. Elwes for his consideration. Two fellowship recipients will be selected by Mr. Elwes by calendar year's end.

Evaluations purchased before midnight on October 15, 2020 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 2021 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship.