The Film Academy sets up Nicholl scholarships in screenwriting
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that four individuals and an editorial team have been selected as recipients of the 2022 Nicholl Academy Fellowships in Screenwriting.
The award includes $35,000 for each individual and writing team, as well as mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year.
On November 9 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, an ensemble cast will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.
The 2022 winners are:
Jennifer Archer (Springwater, Ontario, Canada), “Into the Deep Blue”
Nick Bennet rebuilds his life after the death of his mother, a DUI, and mandatory grief counseling. Together with Fiona, her feisty therapy best friend, they navigate the waters of grief and growing feelings.
Callie Bloem and Christopher Ewing (Los Angeles), “Band 22”
A music journalist reeling from the death of his wife discovers a mixtape that brings her to life for four minutes and 23 seconds a day, exactly the length of his favorite song. Now he’s determined to bring her back for good even if he might accidentally open up a black hole in the middle of LA.
Sam Boyer (Pasadena, CA), “Ojek”
In Jakarta, a loyal moto-taxi driver strives to build a better life for himself through a deadly new business that tests his hauling skills – and his inner humanity. Think “Drive” in Indonesia.
J. M. Levine (La Crescenta, CA), “Operation Gemini”
After being separated from her newborn twins during the invasion of Kyiv, a mother recruits two civilians to drive her back to war-torn Ukraine to save her children before medical supplies run out and the Russian army does not take over. Inspired by a True Story.
Timothy Ware-Hill (Orange, NJ), “Tyrone and the Mirror”
In Birmingham, AL, 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, a black boy sets out to find the four magical treasures he needs to wield the mirror – the only weapon powerful enough to defeat a seeking three-headed dragon. to destroy him and his loved ones.
The 2022 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):
Michael Boyle, “8 Habits of Highly Deadly People”
Darcy P. Brislin, “We Sing”
Jake Disch, “The Supremes”
Julian Hooper, “Madame”
SE Sinclair, “The Stratford Wife”
Recipients must complete feature film scripts during their fellowship year. The Academy “does not engage commercially in any way” with the completed scripts.
The 2022 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Live Reading at the Academy Museum on November 9 are free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.
A total of 5,526 scenarios, from 85 countries, were submitted for this year’s competition. The global competition has awarded 176 grants since its launch in 1986. It was established in 1985 with the support of Gee Nicholl in memory of her husband, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter. Don Nichol.
The Nicholl Academy scholarship committee is chaired by Eric Heisserer (Writers Branch). Committee members are Susan Shopmaker (Casting Directors Branch); John Bailey and Steven Post (Director of Photography); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (members at large); Jason Michael Berman, Julia Chasman and Peter Samuelson (Producers Management); Bobbi Banks (sound branch); and Larry Karaszewski, Adele Lim, Zak Penn, Dan Petrie Jr., Katie Silberman and Dana Stevens (Writers Branch).