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Academy Announces 2013 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Finalists

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2013 at 2:21PM

Nine screenwriters and one writing team have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the highly competitive $35,000 fellowships.
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2012's Nicholl fellows
2012's Nicholl fellows

Nine screenwriters and one writing team have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the highly competitive $35,000 fellowships.

This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

     Scott Adams, Menlo Park, CA, “Slingshot”

     William Casey, Los Angeles, CA, “Smut”

     Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, “Legion”

     Brian Forrester, Studio City, CA, “Heart of the Monstyr”

     Noah Thomas Grossman, Los Angeles, CA, “The Cupid Code”

     Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Joe Banks”

     Erin KLG, New York, NY, “Lost Children”

     Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, “Jersey City Story”

     Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, “Queen of Hearts”

     Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, “Sugar in My Veins”

The finalists were selected from a record 7,251 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. The 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships will be presented November 7 at a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.