Warner Bros. is on the Hunt for Australia’s Best New Screenwriter

June 14, 2018
Time to fire up Final Draft again...

Warner Bros. Pictures, The Black List, and Veerhuis Pictures have today inaugurated the Australian Script Writing Opportunity, in which emerging Australian screenwriters can compete for a two-step blind feature film writing deal. The call for submissions is going out Australia-wide in association with Screenwest.

Submissions are being handled by The Black List—the renowned online community of screenwriters and film industry professionals whose yearly eponymous list notes the best unproduced screenplays currently in circulation.

Black List founder Franklin Leonard says, “Having already partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to identify writers from historically underrepresented communities for blind writing deals, I’m overjoyed to be doing the same to identify writers in the Australian market, which has consistently produced some of the most exciting filmmaking talent in the world. It’s especially exciting that our platform will be involved in exposing many writers — not just those selected to work for Warner Bros. Pictures — to industry professionals in Hollywood and in filmmaking communities beyond it. These are truly exciting times.”

The criteria for eligibility is pretty straight forward: applicants must be 18 or older, either a legal Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia, with writing credits on no more than one feature film or up to three hours of broadcast television (or a combo thereof). First timers are strongly encouraged.

Writers who host a script on The Black List website for at least one week ($25USD/month) are welcome to opt in for consideration for this opportunity no later than 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on September 13, 2018. The Black List will then present a short list to Warner Bros. Pictures and Veerhuis Pictures. Warner Bros. Pictures will then announce winners.

Chris Veerhuis of Veerhuis Pictures said, “Our home-grown scriptwriters will be able to showcase their screenplays and talent to international filmmakers with the possibility of a writing gig upon offer — it’s not something that happens every day. As an Australian film producer, the fact that Warner Bros. Pictures is encouraging writing talent to show their wares, I love that. Like all producers, I am always on the search for great scripts and I’m confident this opportunity will unearth some amazing new talent.”

 CEO Screenwest Seph McKenna added, “Screenwest is proud to support Veerhuis Pictures to bring this opportunity to Australia. The possibility of a feature film being shot in Western Australia as a result of this initiative is very exciting.”

Got an idea for a movie keeping you up at night? Click through here for full details on how to enter.

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