The Native American Media Alliance has closed applications for the fifth annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab. This is a 10-week program that will take place on-line from September through November 2022 sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, the Cherokee Nation Film Office and A+E Networks.
“This lab has been an incredible resource for several studios in need of Native American literary talent,” stated Ian Skorodin, Director of Strategy, Native American Media Alliance. “Cinema is timeless and we want our community of indigenous writers to be a large part of this art form going forward.”
The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab addresses a growing need in the entertainment industry. According to the 2020 Writers Guild of America Inclusion Report, Native Americans represent 0.8% of screenwriters “having almost no representation at all.” This program will offer a new opportunity for Native American writers seeking to break into the entertainment industry and change the current disparity.
The Native American Media Alliance will select five Native American writers to participate in the program. The lab will consist of daily workshops with an established screenwriter and peer workshopping sessions. Additionally, participants will attend a series of events and screenings that will further expose them to the entertainment industry. The purpose of the lab is to further develop the skills of the writers and prepare them for employment in the industry.
The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab was created in accordance with the Native American Media Alliance’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry. Selected scripts developed in the lab will be showcased at the 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST in November.
Check out past fellows here:
Inaugural Native American Feature Film Writers Lab
2nd Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab
3rd Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab
4th Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab
How it Works:
The NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB will take place in late August to early November of 2021. If accepted into the program you must be willing to make a commitment to meeting evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in the day on Saturdays and Sundays. This program will be for ten weeks.
Who Should Apply:
The NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB is for writers who are capable of writing a feature script within ten-weeks. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the ten-week session.
Applications for the 6th Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab will open in Summer, 2023.