Meet the 5 Winners of Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Nicholl Screenwriters
Nicholl Screenwriters

Actors John Cho, Cary Elwes, Aja Naomi King, and Alia Shawkat will perform a live reading of selected scenes from this year’s five winning scripts at the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Effie Brown (“Dear White People”) will produce the event, and Rodrigo Garcia (“Last Days in the Desert”) will be directing for the fourth consecutive year.

The evening’s presentation is dedicated to the late Anton Yelchin, who participated in the first Nicholl Live Read event in 2013 alongside fellow actors Elle Fanning, Taraji P. Henson and Jason Isaacs.

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Last month four individual screenwriters and one writing team were selected from 6,915 entries as winners of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Michele Atkins, “Talking about the Sky” (Seattle, WA)
  • Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth” (Balgowlah, Australia)
  • Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends” (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes” (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan” (Los Angeles, CA)

Each of the winners will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Live Read event. Since 1986, 147 Nicholl fellowships have been awarded.

Fellowships are presented with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.

Admission to the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read is free. According to the Academy, advance tickets are recommended, and are available here.

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