Producer Cassian Elwes and Black List founder Franklin Leonard have created the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship — which will award an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for an unrepresented writer with lifetime earnings not exceeding $5,000.
The award will include mentoring from Elwes, who produced “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler” and exec produced “The Dallas Buyers Club” and “All Is Lost.” The Black List and Elwes plan to award the fellowship annually.
Writers with scripts on the Black List or who have had scripts on the site since its launch last October will be able to submit themselves for the opportunity until Dec. 1, with Elwes then deciding on one writer to make the trip.
“Behind every great independent film is a great writer,” Elwes said. “While it’s been my honor to work with some of the greatest filmmakers ever I have never lost sight of the fact the words were as important as the images. I love what the Black List is about, and I’ve been privileged to work on a number of films that have appeared on it. My hope is that Franklin and I will find the next wave of new voices that are the lifeblood of independent cinema.”