Academy Selects Ten Scripts to Compete for Nicholl Fellowships

As many as five $30,000 fellowships will be awarded on Nov. 3.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has named seven individual writers and three writing teams as finalists for its 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy's Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five $30,000 fellowships, which will be presented on Nov. 3 at a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The Nicholl Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd, is composed of writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt, and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

Fellowships are awarded so that recipients can each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.

This year's finalists are:

Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., "Guns and Saris"

Dion Cook, Altus, Oklahoma, "Cutter"

K.E. Greenberg, Los Angeles, Calif., "Blood Bound"

Ehud Lavski, Tel Aviv, Israel, "Parasite"

John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., "Outside the Wire"

Aaron Marshall, West Hollywood, Calif., "Fig Hunt: The Quest for Battle Armor Star Captain"

Khurram Mozaffar, Lisle, Illinois, "A Man of Clay"

Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., "Unicorn"

Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., "The Tiger’s Child"

Paul Vicknair & Chris Shafer, Los Angeles & Hermosa Beach, Calif., "A Many Splintered Thing"