Australian screenwriters have a unique opportunity to be considered for a two-step blind feature film writing deal by submitting their feature scripts via the Black List website.
The Warner Bros. Black List and Veerhuis Pictures Australian Script Writing Opportunity is being supported by Screenwest for a second year.
Eligible writers must be at least 18 years old, be either a legal Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (with the intent to remain a resident) and have received writing credits on no more than one feature film or up to three hours of broadcast television (or a combination of both). First time writers are also encouraged to participate.
To be considered for this opportunity, Australian screenwriters must host their script on The Black List website for at least one week ($30 USD/month) prior to the end of the submission period.
The Black List recommends – but does not require – that writers obtain at least one script evaluation for their hosted scripts, as the data from script evaluations inform the process by which the short list of writers is determined for this Australian Script Writing Opportunity.
After the close of the submission period on 28 November 28 2019, The Black List will determine a short list of writers and present them to Warner Bros. Pictures and Veerhuis Pictures. Warner Bros. Pictures will then announce the recipient(s), if any, of a blind script deal. If a writer is selected for a blind script deal, such writer will be engaged by Warner Bros. Pictures (or an affiliated entity) to write a new feature film script. Warner Bros. Pictures hopes to announce any recipients of the blind script opportunity later in 2020.
Costs: Non-guild members must host at least one screenplay or pilot ($30/script/month) in order for their membership to be active. Evaluations ($75/read for features and 1-hr pilots, $50/read for half-hour or less pilots). Only hosted scripts can receive evaluations.
Deadlines: The evaluations deadline for this opportunity is 28 October 2019, and the final deadline is 28 November 2019.