The Writers Guild Initiative today named Bo Shim of New York University as recipient of its 2016 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. The fellowship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his/her undergraduate course of study.
Shim’s fellowship project, Sister of a Goddess, focuses on Nepalese sisters Manna and Aarti and the family bonds that bind them and pull them apart as one is chosen to be the next Royal Kumari of Kathmandu.
Shim will receive a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay, which she will do under the mentorship of James V. Hart. She will be presented with her fellowship during the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards on February 13 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. The award is funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.
“What constantly amazes us with the Collyer Fellow scripts is the variety and invention of the material we receive,” said Michael Weller, President of the Writers Guild Initiative (fka the Writers Guild of America East Foundation). “Whatever the source of inspiration that feeds these young screenwriters, it is clearly in no danger of running dry. It’s a great pleasure for us to play some small role in moving young writers, like this year’s recipient Bo Shim, forward in their careers.”