W arner Bros. Pictures, The Black List and Veerhuis Pictures announced the launch of the inaugural Australian Script Writing Opportunity, whereby aspiring Australian screenwriters may be considered for a two-step (consisting of a first draft screenplay and rewrite) blind feature film writing deal. The submission call is being rolled out Australia-wide in association with Screenwest.
Submissions for this opportunity will be handled by The Black List—the internationally recognized online community of screenwriters and film industry professionals that supports discovering the most promising screenplays.
FRANKLIN LEONARD, founder of The Black List states:
“Having already partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to identify writers from historically underrepresented communities for blind writing deals, I’m overjoyed to be doing the same to identify writers in the Australian market, which has consistently produced some of the most exciting filmmaking talent in the world. It’s especially exciting that our platform will be involved in exposing many writers—not just those selected to work for Warner Bros. Pictures—to industry professionals in Hollywood and in filmmaking communities beyond it. These are truly exciting times.”
Eligible writers must be at least 18 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.
Writers who host a script on The Black List website for at least one week ($25USD/month) are welcome to opt in for consideration for this opportunity no later than 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on September 13, 2018.
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.
The Black List recommends—but does not require—that writers obtain at least one script evaluation for their hosted scripts, as the data from script evaluations inform the process by which the short list of writers is determined for this Australian Script Writing Opportunity. The Black List offers writers many opportunities for free script evaluations. Evaluations can also be purchased for $75 USD.
To ensure that the results of your script evaluation are timely and included with your script submission, your script evaluation must be ordered by 11:59pm AEST on August 13, 2018.
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.
CHRIS VEERHUIS, founder of Veerhuis Pictures said,
“Our home-grown scriptwriters will be able to showcase their screenplays and talent to international filmmakers with the possibility of a writing gig upon offer—it’s not something that happens every day. As an Australian film producer, the fact that Warner Bros. Pictures is encouraging writing talent to show their wares, I love that. Like all producers, I am always on the search for great scripts and I’m confident this opportunity will unearth some amazing new talent.”
SEPH MCKENNA, CEO Screenwest said,
“Screenwest is proud to support Veerhuis Pictures to bring this opportunity to Australia. The possibility of a feature film being shot in Western Australia as a result of this initiative is very exciting.”