Record Nicholl Fellowship Submissions

If you’d like to have a visceral experience of the power of cinema to unite the world, check out the cool interactive map on the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting page.

Arguably the most prestigious of the screenwriting contests, the Nicholl competition received nearly 7,200 submissions this year.  Entries came from 66 countries around the world.  The map is colored coded and breaks down entries by state, region, or the country of origin. Not surprisingly, New York and California top the list for number of submissions with more than 750 each.

But for me, the real story is how people across the globe believe they have something important to say and want to say it through a movie.  Writers from Ghana to Greenland want to be part of the conversation.  They still believe in the power of Hollywood and their own voice.

How about you?  How’s your script coming?


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