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.  Two meetings per month with mentors – a master class and a follow-up session – 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 ’22 Fellows!

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

What’s the Plan?

Application process starts here.  There is a $50 application fee.  Applicants must be WIFV Members in good standing.

February 10, 2023 – 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.

March 20, 2023 – Fellows will be 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!  Fellows will be funded to attend ScriptDC workshops.  Mentors and Fellows will provide feedback monthly to identify additional subject matter needs.

April 2023 – Script Breakdown Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

May 2023 – Director’s Engagement Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

June 2023 – Acquisition/Distribution Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

July 2023 – Casting Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

August 2023 – Financing Master Class and Crowdfunding Master Class with Seed and Spark; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

September 2023 – Film Production Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

October 2023 – Pitch Deck Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

November 2023 – Pitch Master Class; mid-month cohort meeting; mentor check-in.

December 2023 – 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

SAG-AFTRA

Kurt Klaus, Esq.

Bri Castellini, Seed and Spark

Jay Schlossberg, Media Central LLC/Media Central Films

Sheila Smith, Director of Photography

David O’Ferrall, IATSE 487

Sara Elizabeth Timmins, Life Out Loud Productions

Laurie Scheer, Writing/Pitching Coach

Diana Kerew, Writing/Pitching Coach

 

The WIFV Narrative Script Development Fellowship in 2022 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 www.arts.gov.  Additional support was received from OCTFME/202 Creates and the Gem Star Foundation.