Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Shortlist Unveiled

Eleven individuals and one writing team have been shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee will meet this month to select as many as five winners to receive yearlong fellowships.

A total of 6,915 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition aimed at identifying and encouraging talented new screenwriters from around the world. Since the program’s creation in 1986, the Academy has awarded 147 fellowships.

The shortlisted writers are (listed alphabetically):

Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky” (Seattle)
Josh Barkey, “Marlene the Divine” (Waxhaw, NC)
Beanie Barnes, “Little Toro” (New York City)
Todd Condie, “John Wayne Slept Here” (Brooklyn)
Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth” (Balgowlah, Australia)
Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends” (Los Angeles)
Danielle Ownbey, “The Blast-Off Inn” (Glendale)
Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes” (Sunnyvale, CA)
Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan” (Los Angeles)
Michael Toner, “Hey Jude” (Van Nuys)
Arun K. Vir, “Suburban Turban” (Los Angeles)
Kirk Weddell, “Alone” (Wimbledon, England)

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by writer Robin Swicord, and marketing executive Buffy Shutt serves as vice chair. The other members of the committee are writers Tina Gordon Chism, Naomi Foner, Eric Roth, Kirsten Smith and Tyger Williams; actor Eva Marie Saint; animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson; cinematographer John Bailey; executives Marcus Hu and Bill Mechanic; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro.

The fellowship winners will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on November 3 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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