Academy Names 11 Finalists for Nicholl Fellowships

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Nine individual screenwriters and one writing team have been selected as finalists from a record 7,251 scripts submitted for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which might award as many as five $35,000 fellowships.

This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):
 Scott Adams, Menlo Park, Calif., Slingshot; 
William Casey, Los Angeles, Smut;
 Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, Calif., Legion; Brian Forrester, Studio City, Calif., Heart of the MonstyrNoah Thomas Grossman, Los Angeles, The Cupid Code; Patty Jones, Vancouver, Joe Banks; Erin KLG, New York, Lost Children; Alan Roth, Suffern, N.Y., Jersey City StoryStephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, Queen of Hearts; and Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, Calif., Sugar in My Veins.


The 2013 fellowships will be presented on Nov. 7 at a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

The Nicholl 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. Entry scripts 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. The earnings limit for 2013 is an increase from the $5,000 limit in previous years.

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their 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.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd, is composed of writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman, Eric Roth, Dana Stevens and Robin Swicord; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographer John Bailey; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

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