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2013 Competition: Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Gerard Butler Olympus Has Fallen Nicholl FellowshipsAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2013 Nicholl Fellowship competition (above, Gerard Butler in Olympus Has Fallen)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it is currently accepting entries for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. According to the Academy’s press release, up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. (Photo: Gerard Butler Olympus Has Fallen.)

The AMPAS release adds that "the Nicholl Fellowships competition is open to any individual who has not earned a total of more than $25,000 from the sale or option of screenplays or teleplays, or received fellowships or prizes of more than $25,000 that include a ’first look’ clause, an option or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work."

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition requirements

In order to enter the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition, screenwriters must fill out and submit an online application; upload one PDF copy of their original, English-language screenplay; and pay the entry fee before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1, 2013.

Entry fee schedule is as follows:

Early deadline: March 1; entry fee US$35
Regular deadline: April 10; entry fee US$50
Final deadline: May 1; entry fee US$65

More information on the Nicholl Fellowships competition rules and dates can be found here.

The Academy states that the Nicholl Fellowships "are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a new feature-length screenplay during the fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts." Since the Nicholl Fellowships’ inception in 1985, 128 fellowships have been awarded.

Previous Nicholl Fellowship recipients: Short Term 12 writer-director, Olympus Has Fallen co-screenwriter

Among the previous recipients of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships are Destin Cretton, who directed Short Term 12 from his fellowship-winning screenplay; Cretton’s film, featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, and Stephanie Beatriz, will premiere in competition at the SXSW Film Festival next month. Additionally, Nicholl Fellowship recipient Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote (with Katrin Benedikt) the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, which is scheduled to open in March; Antoine Fuqua directed, while the film’s cast includes Gerard Butler, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Radha Mitchell, Melissa Leo, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Cole Hauser, and Robert Forster.

On the television front, Nicholl Fellowship recipient Andrew Marlowe is the creator and executive producer of the ABC series Castle, starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, and Susan Sullivan; Castle is currently in its fifth season. And Rebecca Sonnenshine is the executive story editor on the popular CW series The Vampire Diaries, starring Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, and Steven R. McQueen.

Gerard Butler Olympus Has Fallen photo: FilmDistrict.

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