The finalists for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2013 competition, selected from a record 7,251 scripts, have been announced. Next, their scripts will be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which, according to the Academy’s press release, may award as many as five $35,000 fellowships.
This year’s finalists, the majority of which hail from California, are the following (listed alphabetically by author):
- Scott Adams, Menlo Park, CA, "Slingshot"
- William Casey, Los Angeles, CA, "Smut"
- Frank DeJohn and David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, "Legion"
- Brian Forrester, Studio City, CA, "Heart of the Monstyr"
- Noah Thomas Grossman, Los Angeles, CA, "The Cupid Code"
- Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, "Joe Banks"
- Erin KLG, New York, NY, "Lost Children"
- Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, "Jersey City Story"
- Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, "Queen of Hearts"
- Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, "Sugar in My Veins"
The 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting will be presented on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony in Beverly Hills.
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition
As per the Academy’s release, the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition "is open to any individual who has not earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television or received a fellowship prize that includes a ’first look’ clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work."
The release adds that entry screenplays "must be feature length and the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. The scripts must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible."
Those who receive the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are expected to "complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year." Also, bear in mind that the Academy "acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts."
Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee members
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator). Its other members consist of screenwriters Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman, Eric Roth, Dana Stevens, and Robin Swicord; Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront); cinematographer John Bailey; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.
Since the Academy Nicholl Fellowships’ inception in 1985, 128 fellowships have been awarded. Past Nicholl fellow Destin Cretton wrote and directed the well-received Short Term 12. Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.
Nicholl fellows currently with projects in post-production are:
- Anthony Jaswinski wrote Random, directed by Oliver Blackburn, and featuring Lucas Till, Haley Bennett, James Ransone, and The Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene;
- Cecilia Contreras and Amy Garcia wrote Dear Eleanor, directed by Kevin Connolly, and featuring Isabelle Fuhrman, Jessica Alba, and Josh Lucas;
- Karen Moncrieff wrote and directed The Trials of Cate McCall, featuring Kate Beckinsale and Clancy Brown;
- James Mottern directed God Only Knows, featuring Leighton Meester, Ben Barnes, Harvey Keitel, and Kenny Wormald.
On television, Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer and executive story editor on The Vampire Diaries, while Andrew Marlowe is a writer and executive producer, and Terri Edda Miller is a writer and consulting producer on Castle.
Ashley Greene 2013 Random movie photo via Entertainment Weekly.