Six writers selected for Nicholl fellowships

Winners will each receive a $30,000 prize at Nov. 12 gala

Six writers have been selected as winners of the 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

They are Matt Ackley for his screenplay "Victoria Falls"; Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher, "Sand Dogs"; John Griffin, "Dream Before Waking"; Nidhi Anna Verghese, "Jallianwala Bagh"; and Jeff Williams, "Pure." All are from Los Angeles except for Williams, who is from Wake Forest, N.C.

Each writer or writing team, selected from a record 6,380 submitted scripts, will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed Nov. 12 during a gala dinner in Beverly Hills.

The winners were chosen by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by Susannah Grant and comprised of Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman, Dana Stevens, Eva Marie Saint, John Bailey, Steven B. Poster, Bill Mechanic, Gale Anne Hurd, David Nicksay, Peter Samuelson, Robert Shapiro, Buffy Shutt and Ronald Mardigian.