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Program Description

    Looking for representation or to connect with working directors or producers? Get on the Fast Track! 

 For over fifteen seasons, the ISA Fast Track Fellowship has been the premier screenwriting fellowship for writers on the rise. Fast Track Fellows have signed with major agencies like CAA, Paradigm and ICM. Many have been introduced to and then signed with management companies or had their scripts optioned, leading to development deals.

Deadlines and Fees

Early
Dec. 01, 2022
Late
Feb. 16, 2023
Television
Standard Fee
$49
$79
$34
$64
Feature
Standard Fee
$49
$79
$34
$64
Spec Script
Standard Fee
$49
$79
$34
$64

Program Benefits

Two ISA Fast Track Fellows meet with eight top level agents, managers, producers and executives during a whirlwind week of career acceleration with guidance from the ISA's VP of Development. This season's mentors include writers, producers and execs from WandaVision, Dear White People, Ted Lasso and The Marksman among others. Fellows are then accepted onto the ISA Development Slate for a minimum of one year. Throughout the year, ISA development executives  champion and pitch these writers and their projects to our industry partners actively looking for material to produce.  

Seven Category Top Selections will receive $500 cash each, be evaluated for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate and go on to be considered for the two Fast Track Fellowships. We are looking for the freshest, most original, and most personal writing in all of these categories:
 
Action/Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Historical/Biographical
Sci-Fi/Fantasy  
Spec Scripts      <---- NOW ACCEPTING SPECS!
Suspense (Mystery, Crime, Horror, Thriller)  

 

2 Fast Track Fellows Receive

  • 8 general meetings with studio / development executives & literary agents
  • A pitch consultation
  • The opportunity to pitch to executives during the ISA Pitch Panel
  • Pre Fast Track Week prep session with Suzanne Gundersen, Inner Story Consultant
  • Year-long script development and guidance
  • Acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
  • A 12-Month ISAConnect Membership
  • Fellowship announcements to media outlets
  • Selected from 7 Top Category Selections

7 Genre Selections Receive

  • $500 cash each
  • Consideration for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
  • 1-Year Tracking Board Membership 
  • WrapPro Membership
  • Selected from Semi-Finalists

2nd Round Selections Receive

  • The Craft Course in Screenwriting
  • A 6-Month ISAConnect Membership
  • Consideration for the 7 Top Category Selections

All writers at every level are welcome to apply. Our mission, as always, is to shine a light on writers looking to open new doors. We have our eye on the future of this industry and are genuinely looking to amplify your unique stories. 

All general meetings with executives are online.

Success Stories

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ISA Fast Track Fellowship Leads to General Meetings

Jeremy Leder - Screenwriter
As a direct result of receiving the ISA Fast Track Fellowship and winning the Drama Award for his screenplay, DEDICATED TO MORRIS BURKE, Jeremy had general meetings set up with potential managers a...
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Denise Meyers named one of two ISA Fast Track Fellows 2021

Denise Meyers - Screenwriter
Meyers was named one of two 2021 Fast Track Fellows by the International Screenwriters Association for her feature screenplay, FREEFALL, an action/adventure film that reimagines the D.B. Cooper hij...
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ISA Fast Track Fellowship Effect

R.B. Ripley - Screenwriter, Script Consultant
Testimonial: ISA's Fast Track fellowship was a fantastic experience. During the fellowship week of meeting, I met some fantastic people who had read my pilot, were so welcoming and curious - just t...
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ISA Fast Track Fellowship Effect

Danielle Nicki - Screenwriter
Testimonial: Entering the Fast Track competition was a great investment in my career. The connections I was able to make during the week of general meetings have proven invaluable. In addition to t...
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Julia Skikavich named a 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellow

Julia Skikavich - Screenwriter
Julia Skikavich has been named a 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellow. Julia's pilot scripts -- MISSING PIECES and SURVIVORS: B.S. -- were the basis of her selection. Fellowship judges said Julia's "writing ...
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HOMETOWN Original TV Pilot Wins ISA Fast Track Fellowship VI

Wendy Jean Wilkins - Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Wendy Wilkins original drama television pilot HOMETOWN won the ISA Fast Track Fellowship VI November 2017. Wilkins pitched the pilot, along with other scripts/ideas to eight different mentors, whic...
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David E. Baugnon - Winner of Fast Track Fellowship

David Baugnon - Screenwriter
David E. Baugnon was selected for the ISA's Fast Track Fellowship for his TV pilot THE MESSIAH PROJECT in 2015.
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David Kushner honored as ISA FAST TRACK FELLOW

David Michael Kushner - Screenwriter
David Michael Kushner has been chosen as an ISA FAST TRACK FELLOW for the 2017 ISA FAST TRACK FELLOWSHIP (VI) for his TV Pilot "BLOODLANDS".

This Season's Mentors

Chuck Hayward

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Writer / Producer (Ted Lasso, Dear White People, WandaVision)

Darcy Donelan

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VP, Development & Production at Voltage Pictures

Lee Jessup

Career Coach (LeeJessup.com)

5 More to come

We'll be assigning more throughout the season.

What Past Fellows Are Saying

"Winning the Fast-Track Fellowship completely and immediately changed my life. Not only did I gain affirmation and access to the industry, I was offered representation before I even landed in L.A. for the fellowship itself." ~ Sean Collins-Smith

Pre Fast Track Week Consultation

The two Fast Track Fellows will have a prep session with Suzanne Gundersen, Founder of ScreenwriteNOW. Suzanne mentors screenwriters and industry creatives to clear the path that lets their writing flow. Since 2015, she has skillfully helped screenwriters overcome fears & writing blocks, get focused, build tremendous confidence, and transform their own hero’s journey into writing.

Feedback Options

Script Notes

$39

1st 20 Pages Notes

ISAConnect $29

Snapshot of Your Script at a Glance

$69

Full Script Notes

ISAConnect $59

Improve Your Characters & Dialogue

Development Evaluations

$199

General Evaluation

ISAConnect $149

Elevate to a Production-Ready Script

*Feedback is provided by the ISA and does not affect program judging.

Announcement Dates

Second Round Selections

Mar. 16, 2023

Top 50

Mar. 30, 2023

Fellows & Category Selections

Apr. 13, 2023

Sponsors and Associations

ISAConnect ISA Development Slate The Craft Course The Tracking Board The Wrap

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

When are the deadlines?
Early: Dec. 1, 2022 | Final: Feb. 16, 2023 

What are the announcement dates?
Second Round: Mar. 16, 2023
Top 50: Mar. 30, 2023
Category Top Selections: Apr. 13, 2023
Fast Track Fellows: Apr. 13, 2023


When is Fast Track Week?
May 8-12, 2023

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 past 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?
Yes. 

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?
Yes, always!

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: $29 (Normally $39)
- Full script with 5-6 Pages of Notes: $59 (Normally $69)
- Development Evaluation: $99 (Normally $199)

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

Rules

  • Deadlines:  Early: Dec. 1, 2022 | Final: Feb. 16, 2023 
  • During Covid and/or until further notice, all mentor meetings will be virtual.
  • All writers from all countries are welcome to submit to the ISA Fast Track, however all scripts must be submitted in English, and application fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
  • Previous Fast Track Fellows may not submit in any future ISA Fast Track Fellowship. 
  • Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party.
  • Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
  • Original full-length feature screenplays and TV Pilots only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to short scripts or web series, novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Script submissions must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
  • Screenplays adapted from the submitting writer's own self-published books, plays, or other source materials are eligible if the writer retains all rights to the work.
  • Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission by the owner to adapt the material.
  • Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
  • Co-written material will be accepted. However, any and all prizes issued will be based on a single applicant. Both writers can attend and participate in mentor meetings.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted by one writer, however if one or more screenplays of the same writer tie, only one screenplay (the decided “best”) will be selected to determine the chosen "Fellow."
  • The writer understands that script feedback can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the final application deadline.
  • The ISA cannot guarantee feedback for the submitted script will be received within enough time to resubmit during the same season.
  • Applicants must submit materials and payment online only.
  • Once a script has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts or corrections may only be accepted within 24 hours of the original application. A revised draft of a script may be accepted after 24 hours if it is entered as a new application with the appropriate fee.
  • Promotional discounts or waivers offered may only be utilized at the time of submission.
  • Promotional discounts or waivers offered may not apply on all submission platforms (i.e. Film Freeway)
  • If a writer receives a Free Resubmission as part of a Feedback Promotion or otherwise, the Resubmission is valid during the same or the following Fast Track season. Free Resubmissions will not be honored in subsequent seasons.
  • Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
  • Fellowship applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
  • The writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material to be submitted with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
  • Applicants awarded a place in the Top 50 or chosen as a Fast Track Fellow understand and accept that the ISA will be free to use his/her name, likeness and voice for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
  • Writers retain the rights to their screenplay.
  • Applicants are non-exclusive to ISA Fast Track and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
  • No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed.
  • The ISAConnect Membership gift may only be used within 90 days and may not be combined with any current free membership. 
  • ISA will not be held responsible for mentor meeting cancellations or rescheduling. 
  • If Fast Track Fellows miss or are late to a mentor meeting, the ISA makes no guarantees to reschedule.
  • Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
  • If applicant orders feedback a $1 per page fee may be charged separately over 120 pages, not including the Title Page, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
  • Standard title pages should be included: listing the script title, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. Applicants will not be disqualified if it is not included.
  • Under no circumstances should the writer include name or contact information within the body of the script.
  • ISA is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials.
  • Synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes and photos will not be considered. TV Pilot submissions may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.
  • The writer accepts, without reservation, that the submitted logline and screenplay will be reviewed by ISA staff and/or panel of Industry Judges for evaluation and that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to the submitted material, and the applicant hereby waives any claim that the ISA and Fast Track, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay.
  • There are no refunds for any reason after 24 hours from submission. 
  • The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Fast Track Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
  • By submitting to this fellowship, the writer's email address will be added to the contest database as well as the International Screenwriters' Association newsletter for weekly updates, contest promotions and other notifications. The writer may unsubscribe at any time. 
  • It is our full intention to fulfill all prizes as posted. However, due to an unlikely event, act of God or other, we reserve the right to update or edit prizes.
  • The Fellow will be recorded during interviews and the pitch panel, and the ISA has the right to use their name, likeness and voice for educational and promotional purposes.
  • To submit materials and be considered, the writer must agree to the Rules.

Contact Information

FastTrack@NetworkISA.org

8581 Santa Monica Blvd

#438, California, Los Angeles

90069

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