Our fellows have been optioned, signed and received major production deals. Are you next?
The ISA Fast Track Fellowship will catapult the careers of TWO emerging writers with industry access, continued script development and career guidance.
The Fellowship’s mission is to provide access to top industry professionals and the opportunity to build relationships that would normally take years to cultivate. Two selected fellows will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in a week of meetings with EIGHT top-level industry mentors, capped off with a party in their honor at ISA's Third Thursdays.
The Fellowship continues with a full year of visibility through the ISA Development Slate and script support provided by The Story Farm.
54 Writers on the ISA Development Slate have been optioned and or produced, for at least one project.
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2018 SUCCESS STORY:
Fast Track Fellow signs with same management as Barry Jenkins, the writer/director of the Oscar winning film MOONLIGHT
Sean Collins-Smith, one of our most recent Fast Track Fellows met executives at Silent R Management during his Fast Track week and signed with them just 10 days later.
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The ISA is here to give writers a shortcut to resources, support and experience that will aid in long-term career success. We believe in supporting screenwriters no matter who they are or where they came from, and we encourage writers of all levels and backgrounds to apply.
1 Week in Los Angeles, 8 Amazing Mentor Meetings!
Accepting Features and Pilots. Multiple submissions accepted with reduced application fees.
Mentorship Week: Los Angeles - November 12 - 16, 2018
Matt Coatsworth – Agent, UTA
Karen Kirkland - Abrams Agency, Literary Agent
Tanja Tawadjoh - Head of Development, Black Bicycle Entertainment
Erika Olde-Coggin - Founder, Black Bicycle Entertainment
Pat Verducci - Producer, Writer, Consultant
Richard Wenk - Writer, Producer
Steve Basilone - Executive Producer, Writer
William (Joe) Saunders - Manager and Producer, Old City Entertainment
TWO FAST TRACK FELLOWS WILL RECEIVE:
* 8 Mentor Meetings in Los Angeles featuring meetings with studio and development executives and literary agents
* Airfare and hotel included
* Year-long script development and guidance
* Acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
* One year of story consulting and script development with The Story Farm, including:
One-on-one consultation with the Director of Development Max Timm
* A One-Year ISAConnect Membership
* The Craft Course in Screenwriting
* Fellowship announcements to various media outlets
As an ISA Fast Track Fellow you'll get to create new relationships and ask burning questions with industry professionals from around Hollywood. Past mentors include those from: Funny or Die, Lakeshore Entertainment, Producers Guild of America, Gidden Media, ICM and more.
Past fellows have had their projects optioned or have received representation from Catapult Entertainment Group, The Savage Agency, Indomitable Entertainment, Requiem Entertainment and more.
TOP 50 SCREENWRITERS:
The Fellows are chosen from the Top 50 writers we highlight prior to the big announcement, all of which receive The Craft Course in screenwriting ($99 Value).
"As a Fast Track runner-up, the ISA helped me secure my first manager, which ultimately catapulted my career into a full-time, working writer. And they haven't stopped there. Both Max and Felicity have provided me with indispensable advice, time and knowledge in guiding the Hollywood system. I'm very grateful to have them in my corner, and consider the ISA an integral part in forming my career. - Evan Cooper - (Fast Track II Top 10)
"That was such an amazing treasured experience, both the mentors and you lovely folks. You do realise that you guys helped change my life... Honestly made a profoundly positive impact." - Andy Byrne - (2016 Fast Track Fellow)
"It was an absolute pleasure participating in Fast Track. We had a very productive meeting where we discussed everything from the state of the business, to ways of getting discovered as a new writer. I loved their enthusiasm and passion for the craft, and I found the overall experience to be very rewarding." - Jonathan Weber, Key Creatives
In the first 5 Seasons of Fast Track, 7 Major Success Stories:
Fast Track III Fellow, Andy Byrne’s, commissioned feature re-write is set for production in early 2018 with director/producer, Kevin Goetz (Scenic Route). Principal casting is under way. He also signed with literary manager, Chris Watkins of Catapult Entertainment Group, has been offered writing assignments, and is working on new projects including further development of his sci-fi TV Pilot, Disconn, which is currently under consideration by an A-list actor.
Fast Track II Fellow, Christopher DeWan, shortly after his Fellowship win signed an option for his TV project with Indomitable Entertainment. This script option and the news of his Fast Track Fellowship created multiple industry opportunities for Chris, including an almost immediate set of pitch meetings at Netflix and BBC America, among many others.
Since Lily Mercer was chosen for the Fast Track Fellowship III for her TV Pilot Drama No More Heroes, she's been asked to pitch her screenplay to a high profile executive and was offered the position of Producing Director for the Humanitas Prize Play Festival. She was a quarter finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship with her screenplay My Old Man.
Fast Track V Fellow, Patrick Holden recently secured the rights to Mirsada Buric’s Olympic story and is developing it into a biopic, and continues to take meeting across the industry due to the popularity of his Fast Track Fellowship sci-fi script, Helios Rising.
Evan Cooper, Top 10 Fast Track II is signed to direct his screenplay The Will O Wisp starring Chrissy Metz and is signed with manager, Kailey Marsh (creator of The Blood List) who was procured just after placing in Fast Track.
David Baugnon, Fast Track II Fellow, was selected for the Top 50 of the Nicholl Fellowship with his screenplay Trip.
Melissa Birks, Fellow of the very first Fast Track Fellowship, signed with The Savage Agency.
Fast Track VI Fellows are well on their way with pending interest from industry reps they met at their November meetings.
RulesDeadlines: EARLY - June 7 REGULAR - July 11 FINAL - August 8
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.Screenplay submissions must be written by one writer only.
Co-written material will not be accepted.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. If 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.
To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.