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Academy Receives Record Number of Entries for Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 13, 2011 at 5:55AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received a record number of entries for the 2011 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. From the 6,730 entries, up to five winners will be selected to receive $30,000 this November.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received a record number of entries for the 2011 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. From the 6,730 entries, up to five winners will be selected to receive $30,000 this November.

This year marks Ecuador's first entry into the competition. Scripts were sent in from all 50 states as well as: Argentina, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

According to the Academy, all scripts are read at least once in the competition, with about half getting a second read and one-sixth a third. About five percent of entries advance to the competition quarterfinals, about two percent advance to the semifinals and about ten reach the finals. Film industry professionals who are not members of the Academy judge the first and quarterfinal rounds; a mix of Academy members judge the semifinal round. The Nicholl Committee makes the call on the finalist scripts. All entrants get notification of their status by e-mail no later than August 1 of each year, including quarterfinalists; fellowship recipients are announced in October. Here's more on who qualifies for the fellowships and the program's history.

[Pictured: 2010 winners, courtesy of the Academy]

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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.