Beverley Hills, CA (RPRN) 7/07/2009–A record 6,380 scripts are in contention for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting competition. Entries have come from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and from 46 other countries. The Academy will award up to five fellowships of $30,000 each in November.
The competition is open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.
This year, scripts have come from across the United States as well as from Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Venezuela.
Several past Nicholl fellows have gone on to successful film writing careers, including Academy AwardÂ® nominee Susannah Grant (â€œThe Soloist,â€ â€œIn Her Shoes,â€ â€œErin Brockovichâ€), Doug Atchison (â€œAkeelah and the Beeâ€), Mike Rich (â€œRadio,â€ â€œThe Rookie,â€ â€œFinding Forresterâ€), Ehren Kruger (â€œTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen,â€ â€œArlington Road,â€ â€œThe Ringâ€) and Andrew Marlowe (â€œHollow Man,â€ â€œEnd of Days,â€ â€œAir Force Oneâ€).
Last yearâ€™s competition drew more than 5,000 entries. Since the programâ€™s inception in 1985, 108 fellowships have been awarded.