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 pro exposure, continued script development and career guidance.
The Fellowship’s mission is to provide access to top industry professionals and the opportunity to build relationships it would normally take years to cultivate. The selected fellows will participate in a week of meetings in Hollywood with EIGHT top-level industry mentors and a full year of visibility through the ISA Development Slate. After their mentorship week is over, the support continues with a full year of script consultation provided by The Story Farm. We are here to give writers a shortcut to resources, support and experience that will aid in long-term career success. The ISA believes in supporting screenwriters no matter who they are or where they came from, and we encourage writers of all levels and backgrounds to apply.
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
6 of 8 AMAZING MENTORS ANNOUNCED:
Chelsea Beyl – Writer, Disney Jr. (Vampirina) – Peabody Award Winner, 2-time Emmy Nominee (Doc McStuffins)
Andrew Gerson – Creative Executive, Silent R Management
Navid McIlhargey – CEO, Vandal Entertainment – Producer
Nick Terry – Manager/Producer, Zero Gravity Management
Sandino Moya-Smith, Production Executive, June Pictures (The Florida Project); Producer – Ocean’s 8, The Free State of Jones
Plus a manager from a top industry agency (A very special guest we can't announce at the moment.)
2 More mentors to be announced soon!
Past fellows have had their projects optioned or have received representation from Catapult Entertainment Group, The Savage Agency, Indomitable Entertainment, Requiem Entertainment and more.
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.
Mentorship Week: Los Angeles - May 14 - 18, 2018
To begin your journey as a Fast Track Fellow, you’ll be flown to L.A. for a five-day stay in a beautiful hotel in the heart of Hollywood.
Your week kicks off with a meet-and-greet with ISA Director of Development Felicity Wren and Director of Education & Outreach Max Timm, who will help you get settled into your new role and take you through the week's itinerary.
They'll accompany you every step of the way as you have career-changing meetings with top industry mentors in a one-on-one setting.
Year-Long Script Development & Career Guidance
Once Mentorship Week is done, the real work of the Fellowship begins. You and your script will be championed to industry through the ISA Development Slate, which will push you to our roster of managers and agents for representation and also share your work with production companies and major studios in the hopes of getting your script optioned.
You'll also receive a full year of Story Consulting & Script Development with The Story Farm along with a year membership to ISAConnect. With these resources you'll be able to continue improving your Fellow-worthy work, or create a brand new project that we can promote around town. The choice is yours!
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.
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.