Rebecca Boyd

Exploring the universe, one frame at a time.

2015 Nicholl Fellowship Competition

Posted Saturday, July 18th, 2015
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This was a great way to start my day!

Dear Rebecca,

Congratulations!  You have advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  By doing so, yours is one of only 375 entries to escape the First Round.

With 7,442 scripts entered, the initial round was extremely competitive and made the selection of quarterfinalists a difficult task. [...]

If you aren’t familiar with the Nicholl Fellowship, it’s a competitive fellowship awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to “identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.”  If you’re not sure where you’ve heard of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before, it’s the organization that does the Oscars.  It’s the “I’d like to thank The Academy” Academy.

I’ve entered the competition twice before.  The first year, my script got two positive reads but didn’t advance past the first round.  The second year, it was in the top 10%.  This year, it’s in the quarterfinals, which means it’s somewhere in the top 5%.  The next notification (semi-final qualifications) comes around September 1.  I’ll also get to see the comments from the Nicholl readers around that time, which I’m really looking forward to.  (Famous last words? ;) )