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Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Studios and Sundance Institute
08/05/21 11:59 PM (PDT)
Fellowships to USA African American women writers to develop short comedy screenplays and prepare them for production. In addition to a $10,000 cash stipend, selected fellows will benefit from mentoring, workshops, meetings, and individualized feedback, and will also participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production process as creative producers. The purpose of the program is to champion and elevate the voices of historically underrepresented Black female comedy writers.
A comedic screenwriting fellowship for Black Women, Women Write Now is a talent development initiative from Laugh Out Loud developed in collaboration with Sundance Institute. The fellowship is designed to provide mentorship, advocacy, production, and exhibition.
This immersive script-to-screen fellowship will support 4 talented writers in developing short comedic scripts while being advised and mentored by some of the most influential Black women in comedy. The resulting scripts will be produced by LOL Studios and directed by a celebrity Black female director. The four (4) short films, which will be staffed above and below-the-line by traditionally underrepresented talent, will premiere at a special screening during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed across Laugh Out Loud Network. Travel to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival will be provided. At the end of the program, the selected fellows will also receive a one-year first look deal with Laugh Out Loud to submit original projects for consideration for production and distribution with LOL Studios and Laugh Out Loud Network.
During the Fellowship, fellows will attend workshops on how to thrive in the business, pitch, get to the greenlight, market themselves and their work, create an artful punchline, and more. The selected writers will also participate one-on-one creative development meetings and receive screenplay feedback in order to get their short film screenplays production ready. Following the writing and development process of their short comedic scripts, the selected writers will participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production process of their short films as creative producers.
GrantWatch ID#: 197399
Four (4) finalists will be selected to take part in the Fellowship.
The Fellowship includes:
- Participation in the Fellowship with individualized mentorship and creative and professional development opportunities
- A stipend for the duration of the Fellowship which shall include:
(i) $5,000 upon acceptance into the Fellowship
(ii) $5,000 upon delivery of final approved script
- Writing and Creative Producing credit in the writer’s respective short film
- Virtual or in-person set visit and a four-night trip to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival including flight, per diem, accommodations for writers only, and festival tickets. (Such travel (if any) in connection with in-person set visits and Sundance shall be capped at $5,000 in the aggregate.)
- A First Look Deal with Laugh Out Loud
The fellowship runs from approximately September 17, 2021-January 30, 2022 with Lab and Mentorship sessions taking place September 20-October 1, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To register and apply online: https://womenwritenow.smapply.io/acc/l/?next=/prog/254087/apply/
For inquiries, email Women Write Now Program Manager, Jennifer Kushner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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