What is it?
Warner Bros. Pictures, The Black List and Veerhuis Pictures have launched the inaugural Australian Script Writing Opportunity. Finalists for this opportunity will be considered for a two-step blind feature film writing deal as a part of this partnership with Warner Bros. and Veerhuis Pictures.
To be considered for this opportunity, Australian screenwriters must host their script on blcklst.com for at least one week during the submission period, which opens on June 14, 2018. The evaluations deadline for this opportunity will be August 13, 2018, and the final deadline is September 13, 2018 at 11:59PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time.)
After the close of the submission period on September 13, 2018, The Black List will determine a short list of writers and present them to Warner Bros. Pictures and Veerhuis Pictures. Warner Bros. Pictures will then announce the recipient(s), if any, of a blind script deal. If a writer is selected for a blind script deal, such writer will be engaged by Warner Bros. Pictures (or an affiliated entity) to write a new feature film script.
Warner Bros. Pictures hopes to announce any recipients of the blind script opportunity later in 2018.
When’s the deadline?
Submissions open: June 14, 2018
Evaluations deadline: August 13, 2018
Overall deadline: September 13, 2018
Who is eligible?
Eligible writers must be at least eighteen years old, be either a legal Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (with the intent to remain a resident), and have received writing credits on no more than one feature film or up to three hours of broadcast television (or a combination of both). First time writers are also encouraged to participate.
Is this a case where the writer who buys the most evaluations will make the short list?
Not at all. Certainly more data allows us to make more confident decisions about the strength of the scripts on the site, but by no means is it necessary or recommended to buy up evaluations to improve your chances of being selected. With that being said, we do strongly encourage that you purchase at least one evaluation when opting in to site opportunities.
Can I submit multiple scripts for consideration?
Yes, but be aware that since the opportunity is for a Blind Script deal, the totality of a writer's submissions will be considered by the Black List in determining the Short List and only the writer's strongest script will be shared with Warner Bros. to inform their final decision.