Am I required to provide proof of citizenship/residency?
No, we will take you at your word that you satisfy the requirement. We cannot make visa arrangements or offer support if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
No. We are only considering your writing and your personal statements. No references are necessary, nor would they make a difference.
How much do I have to pay?
Fellows’ only costs will be travel costs to Burlington, Vermont (or to Middlebury if you are driving).
What if I don’t have access to Final Draft?
You can use other software that provides similar formatting, compatible with the industry standard (such as Celtx or Scrivener).
Can teams submit?
No, only individual writers or writer-directors can submit. However, in the case of TV projects, a writing partner can be included in the Lab activities for a fee that covers room, board, and administrative expenses. If you are selected as a TV Fellow and wish to use this opportunity, please let us know upon your acceptance.
Are adaptations eligible?
Not at this time—only original works are eligible.
Is there an age limit?
Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Can I bring my partner/children?
You may be able to bring your partner if we can accommodate you in a double room. However, there is a fee for covering the partner’s room and board. Please contact us if you are interested in this option. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate the presence of Fellows’ children at this time.
Where can I direct additional questions?
Please contact us through our form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I can’t upload my PDF on FilmFreeway?
Email us and we’ll arrange an alternative solution.
Who are the workshop advisors?
Established industry professionals—writers, directors, producers—as well as agents or script consultants will offer advice and feedback tailored to your project. We strive to invite advisors who can contribute specifically to the selected projects.
What kind of activities will happen at the workshop?
Activities will fall into three broad categories:
- Group workshops (for Fellows only)
- Master classes, Q&A sessions, and talks (open to a larger audience)
- One-on-one advising specific to each project
On the last day, there will be a public reading of screenplay excerpts.
And of course there will be plenty of time to write.
How will I be notified of acceptance and other important information?
Via email, so please make sure you give a current, working email address in the application.
I don’t have professional film experience. Can I apply?
Yes. We are very interested in writers with great potential who for some reason or another have never had a chance to be discovered. We are also interested in writers who practiced in another medium and are now looking to make a transition to screenwriting.
I don’t know where to upload my script pages, additional materials, or full script on FilmFreeway.
The application asks you to enter three additional documents (cover letter, artistic statement, personal statement) as answers to questions in designated rubrics. The first 10 pages of your script should be uploaded in the “script” section of your project. The treatment should be uploaded through the “add files” options of your FilmFreeway project. If you already have a completed script and you upload it in the “script” section from the beginning, we will read only the first 10 pages initially; if you make it to the final round we’ll read the whole script.
Who is a finalist and what is the difference between a finalist and a Fellow?
If your project is selected for the second and final round of evaluation, you are a finalist. You will be notified of this status before October 20 and will be asked to submit the full script to us by November 1. Six of the finalists will be invited to become Fellows and participate in the Script Lab.