THIS SEASON'S MENTORS INCLUDE:
Audrey Knox: Literary Manager at Cartel Management
Griffin Zucosky: Director of Development – Maniac Productions
Katie Ford: Director of Development at Hoodlum Entertainment
Kelly Kovacs: Director of Development at Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean Productions
David Windsor: Showrunner of The Real O'Neals, Co-EP of This Is Us
Corrine Brinkerhoff: Showrunner of No Tomorrow, Co-EP of Jane the Virgin
Katrina Wolfe: President of Production at AG Studios
1 more to be announced!
The ISA Fast Track Fellowship gives two undiscovered screenwriters a direct line to be mentored by eight top level agents, managers, producers and executives during a week of meetings. After Fast Track Week, the fellows will automatically be accepted onto the ISA Development Slate where the ISA will champion you to industry contacts for a full year!
TOP 7 RECEIVE $500 EACH
We’re excited to announce that this season will be expanded to find winners in seven genres, all of which will receive $500 cash each. The seven Genre Winners will then be evaluated for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate and go on to be considered for the two Fast Track Fellow positions.
We are looking for the freshest, most original, and most personal writing in all of these genres.
Scripts will be considered in the following seven genre categories:
1. ACTION / ADVENTURE
4. HOLIDAY / ANIMATION
5. HISTORICAL / BIOGRAPHY
6. HORROR / SCI-FI / FANTASY
7. MYSTERY / CRIME / THRILLER
All are welcome to apply. Our mission, as always, is to shine a light on talented writers that are typically underrepresented in the industry. In order to find those unique and diverse voices, we need to read them. To that end, we highly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and all diverse voices to submit. We have our eye on the future of this industry and are genuinely looking to amplify your story. Believe us – if you submit, you will be seen.
Fast Track Week: November 16-20, 2020
2 Fast Track Fellows Receive
Eight meetings with studio/development executives and literary agents
A pitch consultation
The opportunity to pitch to executives live during the ISA's Pitch Panel
A custom lookbook for your winning script
Year-long script development and guidance
Acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
A 1-Year WrapPRO Membership
A 12-Month ISAConnect Membership
The Craft Course in Screenwriting
Fellowship announcements to various media outlets.
7 Genre Winners Receive
Consideration for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
Consideration for the ISA Fast Track Fellowship (via an interview with the ISA's Head of Development)
Top 50 Receive
The Craft Course in Screenwriting
A 6-Month ISAConnect Membership
A 90-Day WrapPRO Membership
There is no faster path to breaking in than getting on the Fast Track. The ISA Development team works tirelessly to promote Fast Track Fellows and their scripts, and as a result, many fellows have signed with top agents, managers and/or had their scripts optioned or purchased.
Kevin Bachar, recent Fast Track fellow, signed with Matt Prater/CSP for representation.
Sean Collins-Smith signed with management after his meeting during Fast Track Week.
David Kushner signed with Zero Gravity Management.
Melissa Birks signed with The Savage Agency.
Andy Byrne signed with Catapult Entertainment Group and his pilot is currently under consideration by an A-list actor.
Evan Cooper signed with manager Kailey Marsh (creator of The BIood List) and is in production on a $2.5MM fiIm he wrote and will direct.
Christopher DeWan signed an option for his project with Indomitable Entertainment, which prompted an almost immediate set of pitch meetings at Netflix and BBC America, among many others.
Deadlines: ISA Exclusive - Jun. 30, 2020 REGULAR - July 8, 2020 FINAL - Aug. 12, 2020
During Covid and/or until further notice, all mentor meetings will be virtual.
All writers from all countries are welcome to submit to the ISA Fast Track; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and application fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Previous Fast Track Fellows may not submit in any future ISA Fast Track Fellowship.
Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Original full-length feature screenplays and TV Pilots only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to short scripts or web series, novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.
Script submissions must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
Screenplays adapted from the submitting writer's own self-published books, plays, or other source materials are eligible if the writer retains all rights to the work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission by the owner to adapt the material.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
Co-written material will be accepted. However, any and all prizes issued will be based on a single applicant. Both writers can attend and participate in mentor meetings.
Multiple submissions are accepted by one writer, however if one or more screenplays of the same writer tie only one screenplay (the decided “best”) will be selected to determine the chosen "Fellow."
The writer understands that script feedback can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the final application deadline.
The ISA cannot guarantee feedback for your script will be received within enough time to resubmit during the same season.
Applicants must submit materials and payment online only.
Once a script has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts or corrections may only be accepted within 24 hours of the original application. A revised draft of a script may be accepted after 24 hours if it is entered as a new application with the appropriate fee.
Promotional discounts or waivers offered may only be utilized at the time of submission.
Promotional discounts or waivers offered may not apply on all submission platforms (i.e. FilmFreeway)If a writer receives a Free Resubmission as part of a Feedback Promotion or otherwise, the resubmission is valid during the same or the following Fast Track season.
Free Resubmissions will not be honored in subsequent seasons.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Fellowship applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
The writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material to be submitted with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Applicants awarded a place in the Top 50 or chosen as a Fast Track Fellow understand and accept that the ISA will be free to use his/her name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
Writers retain the rights to their screenplay.
Applicants are non-exclusive to ISA Fast Track and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed.
Connect Membership gift may only be used within 90 days and may not be combined with any current free membership.
ISA will not be held responsible for mentor meeting cancellations or rescheduling. I
f Fast Track Fellows miss or are late to a mentor meeting, the ISA makes no guarantees to reschedule.
Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
If applicant orders feedback a $1 per page fee may be charged separately over 120 pages, not including the Title Page, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
Standard title pages should be included: listing the script title, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. Applicants will not be disqualified if it is not included.
Under no circumstances should the writer include name or contact information within the body of the script.
ISA is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials.
Synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes and photos will not be considered.
TV Pilot submissions may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.
You accept without reservation that the submitted logline and screenplay will be reviewed by ISA staff and/or panel of Industry Judges for evaluation and that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to the submitted material, and the applicant hereby waives any claim that the ISA and FAST TRACK, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay.
There are no refunds for any reason after 24 hours from submission.
The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Fast Track Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
By submitting to this fellowship, your email address will be added to the contest database as well as the International Screenwriters' Association newsletter for weekly updates, contest promotions and other notifications. You may unsubscribe at any time.
The Fellow will be recorded during interviews and the pitch panel, and the ISA has the right to use their name, likeness and voice for educational and promotional purposes.
The lookbook prize is provided by the ISA with input from the Fellow with up to 2 revisions. The Fellow owns the final lookbook, but the ISA has the right to post and promote it.
It is our full intention to fulfill all prizes as posted. However, due to an unlikely event, act of God or other, we reserve the right to update or edit prizes.
To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.