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Writers Lab 2016: Call for Submissions
The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, is now open for submissions of screenplays by women over the age of 40 (birthdate on or before 4/14/76)!
Regular Deadline – Thursday, March 31, 2016
Late Deadline – Thursday, April 14, 2016
Member Fee: $30.00 – Deadline April 14, 2016
NYWIFT, other WIF chapters, and WGA members
(Members of other Women in Film chapters must provide proof of membership via a letter from their chapter’s staff or Board President.)
Applicants must be women who were born on or prior to April 14, 1976, and must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Lab seeks submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups. Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays in English. (No TV scripts, shorts or documentaries.)
The following materials are required for your application and must be submitted electronically:
1) A PDF of a feature-length narrative screenplay.
2) Contact information, logline, brief personal statement, and short synopsis.
3) Payment via Paypal or with a Credit Card
ABOUT THE LAB:
The Writers Lab brings 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 with promising scripts together with outstanding professional female filmmakers for an intensive four-day screenwriting retreat of one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and other activities designed to inspire the artists; to prompt rigorous creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.
We seek a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction. Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female, and only one writer can attend the Lab. We welcome submissions from professionals, amateurs, and everyone in between who has a story to tell and a cinematic vision. Selections are based on the script’s artistic merit and craftsmanship, not the applicant’s level of professional experience, though The Writers Lab is not a screenplay writing workshop for novices.
The 2016 Writers Lab will take place September 22 to 25, 2016, outside of New York City. Presented by IRIS and NYWIFT, The Writers Lab is presented with additional support from The Writers Guild of America, East.
The 2015 inaugural Writers Lab received more than 3,500 submissions and international recognition, becoming a beacon for women filmmakers everywhere. The weekend itself was an exceptional, deeply inspiring experience for everyone involved. Mentors included Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records, I Like It Like That), Lydia Dean-Pilcher (The Lunchbox, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), and Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You).
The Writers Lab is dedicated to developing promising feature scripts of cinematic scope and imagination, in all genres, by women screenwriters over the age of 40, as part of the movement to amplify the female voice in narrative film. We are committed to female storytellers, yet do not limit our search to stories about women. It is the consciousness of the storyteller that will take us into new territory.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
IRIS is a collective of women filmmakers founded by Kyle Ann Stokes, Nitza Wilon and Elizabeth Kaiden to champion the female voice in fictional narrative film. IRIS built this lab for female storytellers, targeting the development stage of filmmaking in order to address the gender imbalance in the film industry and ensure that women have an impact through their work on both sides of the camera.
New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT)
New York Women in Film and Television supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equality. The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,000 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members. NYWIFT is a nonprofit 501c3 public charity.