Narrative Script Fellowship

Women in Film & Video DCNarrative Script Fellowship

Vision to Viability:  WIFV Narrative Script Development Fellowship

Through the nine-month WIFV Narrative Script Development Fellowship, open only to WIFV members, accomplished film professionals will work with 4-6 Fellows to take feature-length scripts from page to production.  The scripts will become the basis of collaboration between the mentors and Fellows.  Three meetings per month with mentors – will workshop the scripts through all aspects of pre-production and development.  The Fellows will also meet monthly, forming a cohort to support each other as they move out of the Fellowship.  By program’s end, the Fellows will have a shooting script, budget, a plan to make their films and access funds, OR a project they can successfully pitch to producers outside of their teams.  This Fellowship will enhance the local narrative film infrastructure and strengthen the Mid-Atlantic as an independent film production hub.

Congrats to the ’24 Fellows!

Robin Farmer, MALCOLM AND ME
Joy Frelinghuysen,
Hannah Looney, THE SANDS
Roberta Povner Pieczenik, COYOTE WARRIOR

Congrats to the ’23 Fellows!

Alan Field,
Kathy Li, REFUGE
Heather Morgan, RIVER BLUFF
Alexis Siegel, OFF BASE

Congrats to the ’22 Fellows!

Alyscia Cunningham, SURVEYANCE
Joe Dzikiewicz, DOMICIDAL
Laura Kroeger, BIGGER IN TEXAS
Bridget Bell McMahon, TURNING POINTE

2024 Schedule

March 20, 2024 – Fellows were notified of their selection.  They should plan to devote 15-20 hours/month to the program including meetings and script revisions.  It will be a mix of online and in-person programming.  Expect to block out Thursday evenings!  Mentors and Fellows will provide feedback monthly to identify additional subject matter needs.

April 2024 – Pitch Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

May 2024 – Director’s Engagement Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

June 2024 – Script Breakdown Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

July 2024 – Casting Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

August 2024 – Distribution Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

September 2024 – Financing Master Class and Crowdfunding Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

October 2024 – Pitch Deck Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

November 2024 – Pitch Refresher; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

December 2024 – Make Your Pitch; Mentors review final presentation materials; final evaluations; congratulations and networking.

Who’s Involved?

Mark Maxey, Rolling Pictures

Alison Rosa, pRoVoking Entertainment

Joan Darling, Director

Claudia Myers, Writer/Director

Steve Douglas-Craig, Lit Vision Media

Anne Chapman, Anne Chapman Casting

Emily Best, Seed and Spark

Sara Elizabeth Timmins, Life Out Loud Productions

Marilyn Atlas, Talent/Literary Agent and Producer

Laurie Scheer, Writing/Pitching Coach

and others TBA

Application Process

Application process starts here.  There is a $50 application fee.  Applicants must be WIFV Members in good standing. Application deadline for the 2024 program is February 9, 2024.

Applications are to be submitted electronically by 6:30 pm (eastern time).  Application process starts here. The applicant must provide:

  • Contact info;
  • Title and logline for script under consideration;
  • Feature-length narrative script OR pilot script with series arc;
  • Why you?  Why now? Include body of work summary;
  • Goal – Are you looking to package the script to sell it or make it yourself?
  • Distribution – Theatrical, Broadcast, Streaming, MoW, other;
  • Define success for your project.

The WIFV Narrative Script Development Fellowship is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit  Additional support was received from OCTFME/202 Creates and the Gem Star Foundation.