• Evette Vargas

Writers Room 5050 & Level 4 Press Present - BIPOC Writers Fellowship: Adapting Books for the Screen

Updated: Nov 11

The Writers Room 5050 in partnership with Level 4 Press is proud to introduce its 12-week adaptation lab: Adapting Books for the Screen. The Level 4 Press catalogue and vast IP library, spanning various genres, is providing the books to be adapted for the screen by the fellows.

The fellowship will focus on adapting a book into a screenplay, the release of fictional feature films for theatrical, streaming, and television movies-of-the-week (MOWs). In the process, BIPOC writers will learn the highest industry standards for developing, writing, financing and producing an adapted feature film project. Each fellow will adapt one Level 4 Press book into a feature film screenplay.

The Writers Room 5050 and Level 4 Press are currently working with top executives, writers, representatives and guest speakers to provide mentorship, feedback, and firsthand industry knowledge.

The BIPOC Writers Fellowship includes but is not limited to:

  • A 12-week lab taking you from book-to-screenplay

  • Mentorship on creating and crafting your script

  • A $750 Writer Stipend to all participants and accepted writers

  • Expert development notes and assessments by industry professionals

  • A 'table read' with professional actors

  • Script Sales and Career Strategy instruction

  • Pitch deck and high-end marketing collateral created for the project

  • Live Industry Event to pitch your new script and meet high-end industry decision-makers.

  • For those scripts optioned, setup or sold, there will be financial participation

Submission Requirements:

  • BIPOC Writer: Applicants must be of BIPIC heritage/ethnicity (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color)

  • Script Submission: Writers must submit a completed screenplay (90 - 120 pages) for consideration

  • Early Application Fee: $40.00

Application Submission Period: October 15 - January 8

  • Early Deadline: November 20

  • Regular Deadline: December 18

  • Late Deadline: January 8

BIPOC Writers Fellowship Announcements:

  • Semi-Finalists: January 22

  • Finalists: February 5

  • Fellows Announced: February 19

  • Fellows Begins: Week of March 8

Fellowship Schedule:

Dates: Wednesdays, March 10th - May 26th, 2021

Time: 6pm to 9pm PST

Venue: Zoom

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