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What’s Your Story?

The Outfest Screenwriting Lab has become one of the industry’s premier incubators for up-and-coming storytellers who are looking to challenge the status quo.  The Lab began as a screenwriting contest in 1997 and has evolved to become the cornerstone of Outfest’s education and mentoring program, Outfest Forward. Conducted over a 5 day period in October, this extraordinary workshop pairs some of the industry’s foremost talent with a select group of emerging authors for an intensive dive into the art, craft and business of screenwriting.

The Program

The Outfest Screenwriting Lab accepts applications through Friday, June 4th and selects just five participants for the workshop in October. Interested writers should note that only narrative feature-length screenplays and episodic pilot scripts (standard broadcast length – half hour or hour) will be considered.

Those selected for The Lab will work closely with a diverse group of accomplished mentors; participants will receive invaluable critiques, insight and encouragement as they learn to clarify their voice and hone their writing skills.

Best of all, the story doesn’t end when the workshop does. The five Screenwriting Lab Fellows will continue to receive guidance and support from Outfest Staff and Mentors throughout the full calendar year following the workshop.


Past Screenwriting Lab Fellows

Adam Baran – Jackpot (Lab screenplay)
Cheryl Guerriero – Palmer (Lab screenplay)
Darwin Serink – Thief of Sleep (in pre-production)
Dee Johnson – The Good Wife, Nashville, Rizzoli & Isles, ER
Fola Goke-Pariola – Paper Girls for Amazon Studios (In production)
Gary Jaffe – Our Last Summer (Lab screenplay. In production)
George Northy – G.B.F. (Lab screenplay), Charmed (2018)
Gideon Raff – Homeland, The Red Sea Diving Resort, The Spy
Jared Frieder – Three Months (Lab screenplay. In post-production)
Javier Fuentes-Leon – Undertow (Lab screenplay), The Vanished Elephant, Wild District, The Best Families
Jen Richards – Her Story
Jules Nurrish – Anchor and Hope
Julian Breece – When They See Us, The First Wives Club
Kase Peña – Trans Los Angeles, Brujas (In production)
Lauren Hadaway – The Novice (Lab screenplay. In post-production)
Louise Wadley – All About E (Lab screenplay)
Luther Mace – Survivor’s Remorse
Michelle Sam – On the Spectrum for Amazon Studios (In production)
Molly Manning – Hightown
Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama – Call Your Mother
Naomi Iwamoto – Twenties, Happy Together, Connecting…
Silas Howard – By Hook or by Crook
Travis Matthews – Interior. Leather. Bar., Discreet
Yen Tan – Pitstop (Lab screenplay)
Zackery Alexzander Stephens – Q-Force for Netflix (In production)

Past Mentors

Abdi Nazemian – The Quiet, Almost Family, The Artist’s Wife
Álvaro Rodríguez – Machete, Seis Manos, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Chicago Fire
Austin Bunn – Kill Your Darlings
Aziza Barnes – Snowfall, Teenage Bounty Hunters
Brian Dannelly – Saved!
Brittani Nichols – Suicide Kale, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Take My Wife
C. Jay Cox – Sweet Home Alabama
Chloe Keenan – Q-Force, Connecting…, Transparent
Don Mancini – Child’s Play, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Hannibal (TV Series), Chucky (TV Series)
Don Roos – Single White Female, The Opposite of Sex, Happy Endings, Marley & Me, Younger, This is Us
Gabe Liedman – Q-Force, PEN15, Broad City, Transparent, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer
Guinevere Turner – American Psycho, Go Fish, The Notorious Bettie Page, The L Word, Breaking the Girls, Charlie Says
Guy Branum – The Mindy Project, Connecting…, Awkward., Chelsea Lately
Keisha Zollar – Astronomy Club, Spitting Image, Busy Tonight
Marcos Luevanos – Love, Victor, Charmed (2018)
Micah Schraft – Mrs. America, Jane the Virgin, Jessica Jones
Michael Urban – Saved!, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Michele Mulroney – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Power Rangers (2017)
Mikko Alanne – The Long Road Home, The 33, Mapplethorpe
Moisés Zamora – Selena: The Series, Star
Neil Landau – Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead; Melrose Place, Undressed
Patricia Resnick – 9 to 5, A Wedding
Patrick Tobin – Cake
Rose Troche – Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, The L Word
Tracey Scott Wilson – Respect, The Americans, Fosse / Verdon
Valerie Stadler – Producer and Founding Partner at Big Swing Productions

Past Speakers

Abby McEnany – Work in Progress
Anni Weisband – Producer at Khalabo Ink Society
Cora Olson – Talent & Literary Manager, Producer, Digital Distribution Strategist
David Ruby – Manager of Original Comedy at HBO Max
David Sigurani – Producer/Writer, SVP of Global Content at Blackpills. Producing credits include: The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, Bonding
Derek Simonds – Writer. Credits include: The Sinner, The Astronaut Wives Club, When We Rise
Kirsten Schaffer – Executive Director at Women in Film
Kyle Schmitz – Vice President, Comedy Development at Warner Bros Television. Credits include: Shrill, AJ and the Queen, Fuller House
LaToya Morgan – Shameless, Parenthood, TURN: Washington’s Spies, The Walking Dead, Duster
M. Dickson – Producer/Writer for Disenchanted, Hoops
Mallory Schwartz – VP, Television & Film Development at Mythical Entertainment. Producer on Before You Know It
Shantira Jackson – Writer. Credits include: The Amber Ruffin Show, Busy Tonight, Saved by the Bell

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