Applications for the sixth annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab is now closed. This is a 10-week program that will take place on-line from September through November 2023 sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cherokee Nation Film Office, A+E Networks and US Bank.
“Excited to develop a new and talented group of Native American screenwriters,” stated Ian Skorodin, Director of Strategy, Native American Media Alliance. “Movies has always played a large part in the modern Native American experience and we want to have a voice in current and future cinema.”
The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab addresses a growing need in the entertainment industry. According to the Writers Guild of America Inclusion Report, Native Americans represent 0.8% of screenwriters “having almost no representation at all.” This program will offer new opportunities 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 17th Annual LA SKINS FEST in November.
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How it Works:
The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab will take place in late August to early November of 2023. 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.
When to Apply:
The submission period for The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab is now open. The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab early deadline to apply is June 12th, 2023 (Regular deadline is June 26th, 2023 and Final deadline is July 10th, 2023).
How to Apply:
The online application form is below. Please include a completed application form, a completed release form, biography, resume, statement of interest and one writing sample of the following: Feature film script , television pilot script or television spec script or theatrical play in PDF format. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be 18 or over to apply. All submitted materials must be original and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer.