CASSIAN ELWES ENDOWS NEW INDIE WRITER FELLOWSHIP VIA THE BLACK LIST

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2013) – This morning, producer Cassian Elwes and Black List founder Franklin Leonard jointly announced the creation of the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship, wherein one unrepresented writer with lifetime earnings not exceeding $5,000 with a screenplay of indie sensibility will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and mentorship from Elwes himself.

Writers with scripts on the Black List or who have had scripts on the site since their October 15, 2012 launch will be able to opt into consideration for the opportunity until December 1, at which time a short list of writers will be shared with Elwes who will decide on one writer to make the trip. The Black List and Elwes plan to award the fellowship annually.

Said Elwes, the force behind 2013 awards contenders DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, ALL IS LOST, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, and LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, “Behind every great independent film is a great writer. While it’s been my honor to work with some of the greatest filmmakers ever I have never lost sight of the fact the words were as important as the images. I love what the Black List is about, and I’ve been privileged to work on a number of films that have appeared on it. My hope is that Franklin and I will find the next wave of new voices that are the lifeblood of independent cinema.”

“Just two weeks ago, we celebrated the website’s first birthday, and it’s difficult imagine a better way to continue the celebration. At this point, I’ve lost track of how many great independent films Cassian is responsible for over the last two decades,” said Black List founder Franklin Leonard. “His contribution of money and time in alliance with our work is an honor and yet another reason to be hopeful about the state of American independent cinema. One writer is likely to have an amazing experience in Park City this January, and hopefully many more will be inspired to write great human stories without an explicit focus on their commercial viability, though every year I think we’re reminded this time of year that great human stories are explicitly commercial.”

Cassian Elwes

After beginning his producing career with Oxford Blues and Men at Work, Cassian Elwes headed William Morris Independent for 15 years, where he arranged financing for 283 films including multiple Oscar nominees Sling BladeThe Apostle, and Monster’s Ball. Since leaving William Morris Independent four years ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for 30 films including LawlessThe Paperboy, and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Elwes also produced Lee Daniels’ The Butler and executive produced Dallas Buyers Club and All Is Lost, all presumptive 2013 Awards season contenders.

The Black List

The Black List is an online community where moviemakers find scripts to make and writers to write them and screenwriters find moviemakers to make their scripts and employ them. Google for screenplays, if you will.

Begun in 2005 as an annual survey of several dozen executives favorite unproduced screenplays, the Black List has grown to survey over 500 executives each year (virtually 100% of Hollywood’s studio system’s executive corps.)  Over 250 Black List scripts have been produced into films grossing over $16 billion in worldwide box office. Black List scripts have won 30 Academy Awards – including three of the last five Best Pictures (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING’S SPEECH, and ARGO) and seven of the last twelve screenwriting awards (JUNE, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE DESCENDANTS, ARGO, and DJANGO UNCHAINED) – from 159 nominations.

In October 2012, the Black List launched an online database of every screenplay circulating Hollywood and all those submitted by English language screenwriters from around the world.  Since its launch, it has hosted more than 7,500 screenplays and completed more than 10,000 script evaluations. More than 40 writers have found representation at major agencies and management companies and more than 20 writers have sold their screenplays as a direct result of introductions made via the site.

At any given moment, more than 1600 screenplays are actively hosted for perusal by over 2000 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants to studio chairs.



CASSIAN ELWES ENDOWS NEW INDIE WRITER FELLOWSHIP VIA THE BLACK LIST

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2013) – This morning, producer Cassian Elwes and Black List founder Franklin Leonard jointly announced the creation of the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship, wherein one unrepresented writer with lifetime earnings not exceeding $5,000 with a screenplay of indie sensibility will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and mentorship from Elwes himself.

Writers with scripts on the Black List or who have had scripts on the site since their October 15, 2012 launch will be able to opt into consideration for the opportunity until December 1, at which time a short list of writers will be shared with Elwes who will decide on one writer to make the trip. The Black List and Elwes plan to award the fellowship annually.

Said Elwes, the force behind 2013 awards contenders DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, ALL IS LOST, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, and LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, “Behind every great independent film is a great writer. While it’s been my honor to work with some of the greatest filmmakers ever I have never lost sight of the fact the words were as important as the images. I love what the Black List is about, and I’ve been privileged to work on a number of films that have appeared on it. My hope is that Franklin and I will find the next wave of new voices that are the lifeblood of independent cinema.”

“Just two weeks ago, we celebrated the website’s first birthday, and it’s difficult imagine a better way to continue the celebration. At this point, I’ve lost track of how many great independent films Cassian is responsible for over the last two decades,” said Black List founder Franklin Leonard. “His contribution of money and time in alliance with our work is an honor and yet another reason to be hopeful about the state of American independent cinema. One writer is likely to have an amazing experience in Park City this January, and hopefully many more will be inspired to write great human stories without an explicit focus on their commercial viability, though every year I think we’re reminded this time of year that great human stories are explicitly commercial.”

Cassian Elwes

After beginning his producing career with Oxford Blues and Men at Work, Cassian Elwes headed William Morris Independent for 15 years, where he arranged financing for 283 films including multiple Oscar nominees Sling BladeThe Apostle, and Monster’s Ball. Since leaving William Morris Independent four years ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for 30 films including LawlessThe Paperboy, and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Elwes also produced Lee Daniels’ The Butler and executive produced Dallas Buyers Club and All Is Lost, all presumptive 2013 Awards season contenders.

The Black List

The Black List is an online community where moviemakers find scripts to make and writers to write them and screenwriters find moviemakers to make their scripts and employ them. Google for screenplays, if you will.

Begun in 2005 as an annual survey of several dozen executives favorite unproduced screenplays, the Black List has grown to survey over 500 executives each year (virtually 100% of Hollywood’s studio system’s executive corps.)  Over 250 Black List scripts have been produced into films grossing over $16 billion in worldwide box office. Black List scripts have won 30 Academy Awards – including three of the last five Best Pictures (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING’S SPEECH, and ARGO) and seven of the last twelve screenwriting awards (JUNE, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE DESCENDANTS, ARGO, and DJANGO UNCHAINED) – from 159 nominations.

In October 2012, the Black List launched an online database of every screenplay circulating Hollywood and all those submitted by English language screenwriters from around the world.  Since its launch, it has hosted more than 7,500 screenplays and completed more than 10,000 script evaluations. More than 40 writers have found representation at major agencies and management companies and more than 20 writers have sold their screenplays as a direct result of introductions made via the site.

At any given moment, more than 1600 screenplays are actively hosted for perusal by over 2000 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants to studio chairs.



An entirely new way we’re spotlighting great screenplays…

We’re always looking for new ways for film industry professionals to discover great scripts they might like and for great scripts to get found, and today we’ve added an exciting new feature that will do just that.

Beginning today, every two weeks, we’ll be highlighting a “Featured Script” that has either received consistently high or unusually polarizing ratings. We’ll probably err on the side of unrepresented material, but we’re not limiting ourselves to it exclusively.

In addition to providing a free month of hosting for the featured script, we’ll also coordinate with its author and a graphic designer to create a movie poster entirely free of charge that will be featured on the site for the duration of its two-week run.

Each featured script will be selected amongst scripts already hosted on the site based on the data we gather in the course of the site’s day-to-day operation. There is no additional application process, opt-in, or way to influence one’s possible inclusion.

Without further ado, the first Featured Script:

Featured script

 

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BLACK LIST ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL SCREENWRITERS LAB IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

LOS ANGELES (July 9) – This morning, the Black List announced that it will host the inaugural Black List Screenwriters Lab from September 30 – October 5, 2013, inviting six non-professional screenwriters to an all-expense paid screenwriting workshop with four screenwriting mentors including already confirmed Billy Ray (HUNGER GAMES, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) and Kiwi Smith (LEGALLY BLONDE, the upcoming EXPENDABELLES).  Scott Myers, host and founder of Go Into The Story, the Black List’s official screenwriting blog, will serve as an additional mentor.

Mentors and writers will be hosted by the Las Vegas Downtown Project, founded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, as part of a broader initiative to cultivate a writing community in the heart of Las Vegas called Writing Downtown.

“There’s a lot to be excited about here. This is really a continuation of the educational work we’ve been doing with Scott Myers’s blog Go Into The Story and our online community the Black Board. Six writers are going to have the opportunity to workshop their script at an extremely high level and get an education on working as a professional screenwriter from our extraordinary mentors and guests we’ll invite throughout the week. Plus they’ll get to have this experience within the almost unbelievable revitalization effort that Tony and the Downtown Project have achieved and continue to achieve in Las Vegas. For us, September 30 can’t come soon enough,” said Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List.

Fifteen writers will be invited, based on the strength of their scripts as evaluated by the Black List website, to submit a one-page personal statement.  From those personal statements, Lab mentors and the Black List will choose six writers to participate.  Writers may opt into consideration by uploading a screenplay to the Black List website and confirming that they have not earned more than $25K in aggregate for their film or television writing to date. Script evaluations ordered on or before July 31 will be guaranteed consideration.