AMPAS taps Nicholl finalists

Committee to award $30,000 grants

HOLLYWOOD — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has tapped 11 finalists for the 2001 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting.

Finalists are Sean P. Bridges (“Journeyman”), Patricia Burroughs (“Redemption”), Greg M. Dawless (“One Hour Development”), Robert S. Edwards (“Land of the Blind”), Danelle Y. Hand (“The Legacy”), Albert Letizia (“The Northern Lights”), Eric J. Litra (“God’s Water”), Joann M. Ludovici (“The Con”), David A. MacGregor (“The Late Great Henry Boyle”), John R. Marlow (“Nano”) and Cameron B. Young (“Saint Vincent”).

The contenders were chosen from nearly 5,500 submissions, a record number of entries for the Academy.

The finalists’ scripts will be judged by the Nicholl Committee, which may select as many as five of the writers to receive $30,000 grants each. Panel includes “Erin Brockovich” scribes Susannah Grant — who nabbed a Nicholl nod in 1992 — John Gay, Hal Kanter, Dan Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman and Dan Taradash, d.p. John Bailey, editor Mia Goldman, thesp Eva Marie Saint, producers Gale Anne Hurd, David Nicksay, Peter Samuelson and Buffy Shutt, and agent Ronald Mardigian. Fay Kanin serves as chair.

Competish is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000 or received a fellowship or prize that includes a first-look clause, an option or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work. Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that recipients will pen feature-length screenplays during the year.

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