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Jun 1, 2023
The WeScreenplay Feature Lab exists to help elevate your craft while also providing access to industry pros who can help you develop the skills needed for a career as a screenwriter. The lab will select a minimum of 4 winners to participate in a three-day interactive virtual screenwriting lab that’s like no other.
Writers will participate in 1:1 meetings with industry executives, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from working feature writers. Previous labs have included industry professionals and high-profile creators such as David Rabinowitz (BLACKKKLANSMAN), Naren Shankar (THE EXPANSE), and Kari-Stringham Drake (SEVERANCE) as well as managers and execs from Jax Media, Make Good Content, Zero Gravity, Curate, Sony Television, MGM Studios, Lionsgate, Pascal Pictures, and many more.
PLUS, every entry includes free written feedback from our professional readers! It’s a no brainer, submit your script into the WeScreenplay Feature Lab and level up your career!
All coverage packages include a 72-hour turnaround time at no additional charge.
Christopher Nold is a literary manager with MGMT Entertainment, focused on breaking new creators into television and features while supporting established clients and their projects. His clients have gotten their first credits on projects from Netflix, NBC, Apple, and more; their works have garnered Emmys, Indie Spirit Awards, and multiple laurels from Sundance. He continues to identify marginalized storytellers to elevate their voices.
Sammy Warshaw began his career at WME, working in the Motion Picture talent department. His obsession with horror movies lead him to Blumhouse Productions, where he worked on films such as HAPPY DEATH DAY, TRUTH OR DARE, INSIDIOUS 4 and BLAKKKLANSMAN. From Blumhouse, Sammy joined Neal Moritz’s company Original Film where he worked closely on the development, prep, production and post-production process on SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 1-2, ESCAPE ROOM, and SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL. While his passion for genre filmmaking remains strong, he’s dedicated to championing unique & fresh voices across all genres. His goal is to continue to develop high-concept, theatrical-ready films that can standout in the crowded marketplace.
Shaurya Nanavati is Vice President of Business Strategy & Planning with a focus on Content Analysis in Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group. He is responsible for managing the greenlighting process and providing guidance and analyses to drive content, distribution, and strategy decisions to ensure the company's growth in a quickly evolving media landscape. In this role, he is tasked with analyzing and advising on deal negotiations for individual titles and projects ranging from film to location based and live entertainment, distribution & co-financing partners, and business development opportunities while keeping the Chairman informed on and assisting them to better manage all verticals with a focus on creative production. Prior to his work at Lionsgate, he managed a music publishing company, wrote & toured as a musician, and, as a CPA, worked in public accounting in Texas.
Elizabeth Fowler is a former talent agent and manager starting her career at ICM. In 2009 she started the production company Clear Pictures Entertainment. The first film she developed and produced from award winning book to screen was Devil's Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Her other credits include A Belle For Christmas for Starz and All the Devil's Men which was acquired by Netflix. Fowler also developed and produced Official Secrets which premiered at Sundance in 2019 and stars Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. Fowler's next projects include Blackwater Lane based on the NYT bestselling book The Breakdown, The Tracks with Academy Award winner Susanne Bier directing, Slay The Dreamer with Academy Award nominated Joe Berlinger directing, and the TV/Streaming Series Friendswood based on the award winning book by Rene Steinke and starring Uma Thurman.
A first-generation Cuban-American, Mark Perez is a feature film writer whose credits include the 2018 New Line hit Game Night and the cult classic Accepted. His upcoming projects include Movie Night, with John Cena attached to star and Jason Bateman set to direct for Netflix; as well as the Warner Bros. feature Superworld, which will reteam him with Jason Bateman, who’s also attached to direct. Most recently, Mark signed on to adapt the upcoming graphic novel Stray Dogs for Paramount Animation.
Vanessa Taylor is a screenwriter and TV producer best known for writing The Shape of Water, The Hillbilly Elegy, Hope Springs, and Divergent, as well as for her work as a writer and co-executive producer on seasons two and three of Game of Thrones. She was nominated for an Academy Award for The Shape of Water for Best Original Screenplay.
WeScreenplay Virtual Feature Writing Lab
The top scripts are read by our incredible industry jury and at least 4 winners will be invited to participate in WeScreenplay’s exclusive Virtual Feature Lab. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to network, get exposure for your writing, and learn from successful feature writers whose work is shaking up the industry!
Winners will take meetings with development executives, attend a notes session, and learn how to make the most of a client/rep relationship from managers and agents. It’s an exciting, hands-on schedule of events that will help you further your career — all from the comfort of your own home
Additionally, the winners get access to ongoing mentorship from WeScreenplay including an initial phone call, guidance for drafting query letters, research methods for finding the right representation, prep before big meetings, and strategic planning for next steps in their careers — all based on the writer’s specific goals.
See what some of our past Lab Mentors and Lab Winners had to say!
As an industry mentor, I witnessed WeScreenplay's incredibly effective initiative to uplift, educate, provide tools of prosperity, and help writers achieve their dreams of being working and repped storytellers. WeScreenplay is an incredible resource for screenwriters with a diverse and inclusive vision to make the landscape of the entrainment industry more representative of the world in which we live.
Literary Manager, LBI
Finding unrepped up and coming writing talent as a manager can be challenging these days as people are getting signed earlier and earlier. Programs like WeScreenplay do a great job of developing young talent and giving them access to industry professionals.
Manager/Producer, Make Good Content
It’s a great way to meet the latest wave of talent coming into the business, to get a sense of their voices, and to learn about the kinds of stories that really excite them. Every opportunity is another chance to get in front of someone who might be able to hire you someday.
Showrunner, The Expanse
You all have such interesting and great taste, that it’s been a wonderful collaboration so far finding potential clients that also fit in with our company’s vision for writers.
Manager, Stagecoach Entertainment
Working with talented writers in the WeScreenplay Lab was an unbelievably rewarding experience. In an industry where at times things can become very watered down, Screenplay was a reminder of why I decided to work in this business in the first place. The sheer passion and drive exhibited by these creators was rejuvenating, and I look forward to returning in the near future.
Asst. to Literary Partner, Grandview
Group Mentorship Meetings
1:1 Curated Meetings
Before the lab, we will share all the winning scripts with the group. During a one to two hour session, the group will share script notes verbally. While all the winning scripts are already strong, the purpose of this notes session is to refine your work, to get thoughts on next steps, and to practice giving and receiving notes.
We will have exciting workshops for winners to get hands on experience with industry professionals. Winners participate in curated workshops with screenwriters, literary managers which have included managers like AE Jones of Stagecoach Entertainment, and a Pitching Masterclass with Jim Arnoff.
Writers will meet with executives, literary managers and working writers to learn more about the craft and industry for a deeper 360 perspective of a career in screenwriting. Each session includes a mentor who will share their experience and area of expertise followed by a Q&A with the writers.
Writers will participate in private curated 1:1 meetings with literary managers, working writers, and execs. This is the perfect opportunity to connect, ask questions, and expand your knowledge of the craft and industry.
Check out more of our Writers’ Successes.
After placing as top Finalists in the 2021 WeScreenplay Feature Lab, Alex George Pickering & Matthew Breault signed with a literary manager at ATN Entertainment after WeScreenplay set up a meeting between them.
“After placing among the Top 10 Finalists of the 2021 Feature Lab, [WeScreenplay] connected us with numerous management and production companies. As a result, we had the wonderful privilege of interviewing with several managers…[and] are excited to say that we are now signed with ATN Entertainment!”
Erica Tachoir won the WeScreenplay Feature Lab and was connected to Hollywood producer Melissa Azizi, who was a juror for the lab. They met to discuss the project and after working on it together, Erica has officially attached Melissa as a producer on the project.
“Deadlines help to give you that all-important structure to get your work done. For me, winning WeScreenplay introduced me to a great creative partnership with Melissa Azizi, who has been attached as one of the producers on my script ever since.”
After placing as a Finalist in the Spring 2021 Diverse Voices with her feature script, WeScreenplay pitched Soma to several managers, garnering multiple meetings and offers. As a direct result, she signed with Josh Goldenberg at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Considering entering a WeScreenplay Lab? “Absolutely go for it! You can get invaluable feedback to polish your script and it’s an amazing opportunity to get your work in front of reps. I’d like to say a big, heartfelt thanks to WeScreenplay for helping me connect with representation. Sarah Eagen was the epitome of professionalism and courtesy. I don’t doubt that I would be much further behind in my journey to find representation if it weren’t for her help.“
After winning a WeScreenplay Lab with his feature script RISING SON, WeScreenplay set Junot up with numerous meetings with literary reps. After fielding multiple offers, he signed with manager Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity and agent Halle Mariner at APA!
WeScreenplay gave me inspiration and encouragement. It just takes one person to believe in you to help you get a running start. WeScreenplay filled those shoes, and I’m grateful. The world is hungry for fresh news in the form of story, and you as the artist are their chosen messenger. Your story and voice are worth it. WeScreenplay treated us all with care, support, and insight. My first reader’s notes were the most helpful, actionable notes I’d ever received.
"WeScreenplay has been instrumental in my career. Its coverage was tough love, but honest and insightful. Their readers not only highlighted my weaknesses but always offered ways how I might improve. It gave me the confidence to get my stuff out there, and to place in a number of screenwriting competitions. After winning its 2018 Feature runner-up award, WeScreenplay’s staff took me under its wing and hooked me up with successful pros."
“It can be a cruel, lonely business, so do it only if you love it. And if you do, then persevere, persevere again and persevere some more. And never forget to network with your peers.”
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A new reader and another read for every script that makes it to this round.
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Another new reader and another full read for every script that makes it to this round … and you are welcome to submit an updated version of your script for only $6.
Scripts that make it to this round will be read internally by the WeScreenplay team as well as our industry jury. Scores will not be provided for this round, as judging will be discussed privately.
The top scripts selected by the Judges and WeScreenplay team! We’ll be reaching out to the winners with information about the WeScreenplay Features Lab.