The 2022 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship at the Sundance Film Festival is now accepting submissions. “Mudbound” producer Cassian Elwes and The Black List are partnering up for the ninth time to grant up to two writers an all-expenses-paid trip to next year’s edition of Sundance and the opportunity to meet with Elwes.
Designed to “encourage and identify new talent in the field of independent cinema,” the fellowship is open to “unrepresented feature writers with an independent sensibility who have made less than $5,000 in aggregate in their film or television writing careers.” They will be able to “opt into consideration via the Black List website until November 15, 2021. At that time, the Black List will choose ten screenplays imbued with an independent spirit by unrepresented screenwriters, which will be sent on to Mr. Elwes for his consideration. The fellowship recipients will be selected by Mr. Elwes by calendar year’s end,” a press release details.
Sundance 2022 is currently slated to take place both in person and online, but whether this year’s Fellowship recipients will travel to Park City, Utah will “depend on current CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. If COVID-19 continues to disrupt general travel and Festival schedules, then the Fellowship recipients will receive a pass to the modified 2022 Sundance Film Festival and a stipend of $2,500. Additional events and meetings will be hosted with Mr. Elwes via Zoom.”
Previous fellows include Claire Ayoub, Aemilia Scott, and Heather Faris.
Head over to The Black List’s website for more information.