Eleven writers have been chosen as finalists for the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The Nicholl committee of writers, cinematographers, producers and executives will read each finalist’s script and choose up to five recipients for $30,000 prizes.
During the following year, each recipient of the fellowship is expected to complete a feature-length screenplay.
Past Nicholl fellows include Ehren Kruger, who co-wrote this year’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created ABC’s “Castle.”
From a pool of more than 6,000 submissions, the finalists are Matt Ackley, “Victoria Falls”; Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher, “Sand Dogs”; John Griffin, “Dream Before Waking”; Hiram Martinez, “Ansiedad”; Marleine Pacilio, “Born Elizabeth Jane”; Adriana Brad Schanen, “Gifted”; Neil Swaab, “Eddie Fantastic!”; Nidhi Anna Verghese, “Jallianwala Bagh”; Dan Lee West, “Abroad”; and Jeff Williams, “Pure.”