𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿, 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗞 𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗧, 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗽𝘁𝘀!
BRING YOUR STORY TO VERMONT
Six emerging screenwriters—the Fellows—will be invited to spend one week at Middlebury, in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. The Script Lab covers all the expenses except for the travel costs.
The idyllic New England town of Middlebury will welcome screenwriters developing their first or second feature script or their first television series. You will live and work in individual, comfortable rooms and find your inspiration in the crisp Vermont outdoors (town shuttles can take you up the mountain for a ski break!).
Writers, producers, script consultants, and agents — the advisors — will be offering their mentorship in workshops, master classes, and one-on-one conferences. Ample individual time is built into the week’s schedule, allowing fellows to make real progress on their screenplays.
We are particularly looking for talented emerging writers who have encountered extraordinary obstacles in their pursuit of a screenwriting career.
SEND US YOUR WORK
We are looking for compelling, exciting screenplays that have a completed first draft (75–120 pages). The screenplay should be the writer’s first or second feature script (no more than one other feature screenplay produced or sold) and fit the scale of an independent production. For TV content, we request a full pilot script for 60 minute shows or the first two episodes for 30 minute shows, accompanied by a show bible. We accept all genres but we prefer serialized over episodic content. Writers who find brainstorming and discussion helpful will get the most out of the Script Lab.
The screenplay should be written in English, in any genre, and must be the original work of the author (no adaptations). Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are over 18 years of age on January 1, 2020.
The application process is handled via FilmFreeway and we initially ask that you send us the first ten pages of your script accompanied by additional materials (as described in the FilmFreeway application). If you are selected as a finalist for the second round of evaluation, we will ask for the full script(s) to be submitted no later than November 1st, 2019.
If you are selected as a Fellow, you must arrive in Middlebury on January 16, 2020, after 3 pm, and attend all the days of the Script Lab. Checkout is on January 23rd, 2020.
Creator of hit series The Shield, The Chicago Code, Last Resort, Timeless. Writer and executive producer (The Unit, Lie to Me, S.W.A.T.)
Academy Award nominated screenwriter (Children of Men, Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens)
Screenwriter (The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection) and script consultant (How to Train Your Dragon), assistant professor of screenwriting at Syracuse University. Ben leads the Script Lab’s structure and pitching workshop.
President and CEO of FX Networks and Chairman of Entertainment for Fox (1998-2009). Producer of independent cult classic Big Night.
Producer (Howl, Thin Ice), executive director of Film North, director of programming at Provincetown Film Festival
Writer-director (Amateur), web series creator (The West Side, Webby Award for Best Drama Series). Founder of the filmmaking website No Film School.
Writer (The Shield, General Hospital, Soul Food)
Writer-director (Walking Out, Winter in the Blood, The Slaughter Rule), script consultant, former Creative Director of the University of Texas Film Institute.
Writer and producer (Six Feet Under, Boomtown, Alias, Supernatural, HBO’s The Pacific, BET’s Being Mary Jane).
Screenwriter (Affluenza, Anne B. Real, Holy Rollers), professor of screenwriting at the AFI Conservatory.
Writer (The Bernie Mac Show, What I Like about You, Beverly Hills Chihuahua)
Writer-director (It felt Like Love, Beach Rats), winner of the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival
Producer (Beach Rats)
The Middlebury Script Lab was initiated through the Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation and it is currently organized and sponsored by Middlebury College through its Envisioning Middlebury initiative.
The six selected projects are in the running for the Midd Award, handed out at an industry event in Los Angeles In September 2020. A jury will evaluate the updated screenplays and TV pilots in July 2020; the author of the selected script will be invited to Los Angeles to pitch their project to an audience of industry decision makers, followed by a reading of the script and a networking reception. The writer will also have several one-on-one meetings with industry representatives. The other five projects will also have the opportunity of a pitch, either remotely or in person if the writer can cover their own travel expenses.