Accepting Features & TV Pilots
Dec 31, 2020
Jan 05, 2021
Feb 16, 2021
Final Deadline: February 16th
7 Genre Finalists Receive
2 FELLOWS SELECTED
Finalist & Fellowship Benefits
2 Fast Track Fellows
8 Industry Meetings
7 Genre Finalists
Fast Track Fellows Meet with
8 Agents, Managers, Producers and Execs
Previous Mentors Have Included:
Chuck Hayward: Producer Dear White People, Mixed-ish, Writer Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
Audrey Knox: Literary Manager at Cartel Management
Corrine Brinkerhoff: Showrunner of No Tomorrow, Co-EP of Jane the Virgin
David Windsor: Showrunner of The Real O'Neals, Co-EP of This Is Us
Griffin Zucosky: Director of Development – Maniac Productions
Katie Ford: Director of Development at Hoodlum Entertainment
Katrina Wolfe: President of Production at AG Studios
Kelly Kovacs: Director of Development - Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean Films
This season's mentors to be announced!
Fast Track Week:
May 17-21, 2021
Your week kicks off with a meet-and-greet with ISA Director of Development, Felicity Wren, and Creative Executive, Jerren Lauder, who will take you through the week's itinerary. They'll accompany you every step of the way as you have career-changing meetings with top industry mentors in a one-on-one virtual setting. The week is capped off with the ISA's Virtual Third Thursdays and Pitch Panel, where you will be spotlighted and have the opportunity to pitch to another panel of industry execs.
No Faster Path to Breaking In
Fast Track Fellows are automatically accepted onto the
ISA Development Slate for a full year of support. The ISA Development team works tirelessly to promote fellows and their scripts, and as a result, many have signed with top agents, managers and/or had their scripts optioned or purchased.
Over 80 scripts on the Slate have been produced or optioned.
HIGHLY RATED FEEDBACK AVAILABLE
When You Apply for the ISA Fast Track
Mar 16, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Fast Track Fellows
Apr 15, 2021
Who are the mentors and what can I ask them?
All mentors will be listed on the home description page as they are announced and you can ask them anything you like in the meetings. The time is yours, what you make of it is up to you, so plan ahead. You'll spend about 30 minutes - 1 hour with each executive over a 5 day period.
Can I pitch my project in the meetings?
These are not pitch meetings. Unless they request you to pitch them it is your time to ask question about the industry and build relationships rather than sell your work. You will know after the meeting (or maybe even during) if the mentor is interested in working with you further.
What are the announcement dates?
Semi-Finalists: March 16, 2021
Genre Finalists & 2 Fast Track Fellows Announced: April 15, 2021
When is Mentorship Week?
May 17-21, 2021
Are the meetings in person?
During Covid and/or until further notice, all meetings will be virtual. Believe it or not, this has been very successful. Our last two fellows both had scripts requested by a number of the mentors, including Lit Manager Matt Prater and MGM Development Exec. Sandino Moya-Smith. The world has gone virtual.
Is it one Feature writer and one TV Pilot writer that is chosen?
No, TV Pilots and Features run together. We are looking for the best writers overall, so feel free to submit both types of scripts as one writer.
Do you accept submissions via snail mail?
No. In an attempt to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online submissions and online payments via the ISA website. This includes all major credit cards.
Do I have to submit my script as a PDF?
Yes, and if you aren't sure how to create a PDF our staff is happy to help.
Should I include my title page with my screenplay?
Yes, you should include your title, your name, telephone number and email address.
Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Can I submit with a co-writer?
Yes. Prizes will be issued per project, not based on the number of writers.
Does my script have to be registered?
No, but we DO recommend registering your work with the WGA and/or the Library of Congress Copyright office.
Does the writer maintain rights to the screenplay?
Do I receive feedback with my submission?
You can order feedback for an additional fee. Choose your FEE TYPE to make your feedback selection at the bottom of the submission form.
- 1st 20 pages for an additional: $39
- Full script with 5-6 Pages of Notes: $69
- Development Evaluation: $149
When will I receive my feedback?
Your feedback will be emailed to you within 90 days of submitting your script, usually much sooner.
Can I re-submit a rewrite or corrected versions of my script if I haven't ordered feedback?
No, you must submit your screenplay as a new submission for the price of the current deadline fee.
What if I make a mistake and send the wrong script?
If you make a legitimate mistake entering and recognize this within 24 hours, email us here, and we'll send you instructions on replacing your screenplay: FastTrack@NetworkISA.org
Do I need to submit a logline? Synopsis?
Logline: YES / Synopsis: NO
Do you accept short screenplays?
No, not at this time.
Will my screenplay be accepted if it’s not in the traditional format?
Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format, set in 12-point Courier font. Scripts should be standard length.
What's the minimum/maximum permitted page length?
Features: 70 - 120 pages. TV Pilots: 10 - 70 pages.
My screenplay is longer than 120 pages. Will it be disqualified?
No, but we urge you to stay within the guidelines. It’s rare that a good screenplay requires more than the standard number of pages.
If I'm over 120 pages and receiving feedback, will my full script be read?
A $1 per page fee may be charged separately over 120 pages (not including the Title Page) on feedback orders, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
What genres do you accept, and can I submit with more than one?
We accept all genres. We understand scripts can be categorized in many genres. You are welcome to submit in more than one genre, but another submission fee is required. These are the more common genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, and Horror
Do you accept novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries or spec scripts for existing TV series?
No, we’re sorry; we do not. We accept ORIGINAL narrative feature length screenplays and narrative sitcom or hour-long TV pilots only.
Can I submit an adaptation of a book or play?
Absolutely, as long as you have full rights to the material and either are the author or have a written agreement with the author allowing this script to be written and marketed.
Can I submit more than one screenplay?
You sure can and there's a discount if you enter them all at once. Check the fees at time of entry.
Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of being a finalist?
Entering early will neither increase or decrease your chance of being chosen, but it will save you money!
How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your submission immediately upon completing form and payment. If you do not, please email us here: FastTrack@NetworkISA.org
What if my script is optioned or sold after I submit to Fast Track?
As long as your script was not optioned or sold prior to the date you submitted, you are still eligible.
I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter?
Yes, and we look forward to reading your work. Please just make sure it’s in English. No other languages are accepted at this time.
Any other questions feel free to email us here: FastTrack@NetworkISA.org
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