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Genre Winners & Fast Track Fellows Announced! View the list via the WINNERS button above.

 
The ISA Fast Track Fellowship gives two undiscovered screenwriters a direct line to be mentored by eight top level agents, managers, producers and executives during a week of meetings. After the Fast Track Week, the fellows will automatically be accepted onto the ISA Development Slate where the ISA and our Director of Development will champion you and your script to industry contacts for a full year!

We're excited to announce that this season was expanded to find winners in seven genres, all of which will receive $500 cash each. The seven Genre Finalists will then be evaluated for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate and go on to be considered for the two Fast Track Fellow positions.

All are welcome to apply! Our mission as always is to shine a light on the best undiscovered writers in the world with a special focus on talented writers that are typically underrepresented in the industry. In order to find those unique and original voices, we need to read their work. To that end, we highly encourage all diverse voices to submit. We have our eye on the future of this industry and are genuinely looking to amplify your stories.

We are looking for the freshest, most original, and most personal writing in all of these seven genre categories:
 
*ACTION / ADVENTURE      *COMEDY       *DRAMA         *HOLIDAY / ANIMATION
 
   *HISTORICAL / BIOGRAPHY         *HORROR / SCI-FI / FANTASY          *MYSTERY / CRIME / THRILLER

7 Genre Finalists Receive

$500 CASH EACH

Action/ Adventure

$500

Comedy

$500

Drama

$500

Holiday/ Animation

$500

Historical/ Bio

$500

Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy

$500

Mystery/ Crime/ Thriller

$500

2 FELLOWS SELECTED

Finalist & Fellowship Benefits

2 Fast Track Fellows

8 Industry Meetings

7 Genre Finalists

$500 Each

  • $500 cash each
  • Consideration for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
  • Go on to compete for the two ISA Fast Track Fellow positions (via an interview with the ISA's Head of Development).

Top 50 Semi-Finalists

Finalist Consideration

MEET YOUR MENTORS

Fast Track Fellows Meet with 8 Agents, Managers, Producers and Execs

Audrey Knox: Literary Manager at Cartel Management
Audrey Knox is currently a lit manager at the Cartel, a management and production company with clients who have written on shows including LUCIFER, HAPPY!, BLACK LIGHTNING, and GROWN-ISH. Audrey worked her way up from Receptionist to Executive Assistant to Coordinator to Manager. She has experience in both scripted and unscripted television, on set, in production, and in writers’ rooms, and she has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
 
Corrine BrinkerhoffShowrunner of No Tomorrow, Co-EP of Jane the Virgin
 Corrine is an American television writer and producer. She has worked on the series THE GOOD WIFE AND BOSTON LEGAL. She was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for best new series in 2010
 
David Windsor: Showrunner of The Real O'Neals, Co-EP of This Is Us

 
Griffin Zucosky: Director of Development – Maniac Productions
 Griffin Zucosky is the Director of Development for Maniac Productions. Maniac is a production company led by writer/showrunner Michael Seitzman (CODE BLACK, INTELLIGENCE, QUANTICO, NORTH COUNTRY). Griffin is first and foremost interested in good writing, but with an emphasis on horror and thriller drama's in both tv and features.
 
Katie Ford: Director of Development at Hoodlum Entertainment

 
Katrina Wolfe: President of Production at AG Studios
 Katrina Wolfe is an Emmy and Critics Choice nominated producer who served for a number of years as Senior Vice President of Production and Casting for the Dimension Films division of the Weinstein Company (formerly Miramax), where she worked on a number of iconic films including BAD SANTA, THE OTHERS, DEATH PROOF, SCARY MOVIE, SIN CITY and dozens of others. In July 2015, Katrina launched her own division within AG Studios, focusing on the development and production of high-quality English language film and television content. 
 
Kelly Kovacs: Director of Development - Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean Films

Fast Track Week:
November 16-20, 2020

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.

DEVELOPMENT SLATE

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 60 scripts on the Slate have been produced or optioned.

ADD SCRIPT FEEDBACK WITH A DISCOUNT

When You Apply for the ISA Fast Track

1ST 20 PAGES

NOTES

$29

Normally $39

  • 1-2 pgs of notes on the opening act only
  • To help your pages pop
  • To hone the building blocks of your story
  • Focus on hook, character intros & inciting incident

GENERAL

NOTES

$59

Normally $69

  • 2-3 pgs of notes on full script
  • Includes full score & breakdown by category
  • Focus on plot, dialogue, characterization, format, length, plot sequencing and how to focus the narrative
  • Plus, dialogue & character improvements

DEVELOPMENT EVALUATION

$99

Normally $199

  • Deep Dive Notes PLUS...
  • A Full Review plus a "pass" or "consider"
  • If "consider" then you'll receive a 2nd review by the Director of the ISA Development Slate
  • Then you'll receive an "accept" or "pass" for the ISA Development Slate

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Semi-Finalists

Sep 29, 2020

Fast Track Fellows

Oct 21, 2020

Genre Winners

Oct 21, 2020

FAQ

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?
TOP 50 Considered: Sept. 29, 2020
2 Fast Track Fellows Announced: Oct. 21, 2020

When is Mentorship Week?
November 16-20, 2020

 

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?
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: $30
- Full script with 5-6 Pages of Notes: $65
- Development Evaluation: $125

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: up to 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:  ISA Exclusive - Jun. 30, 2020     REGULAR - July 8, 2020     FINAL - Aug. 12, 2020
  • 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 your 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 and likeness 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.
  • Connect 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.
  • You accept 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, your 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. You 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.
  • The lookbook prize is provided by the ISA with input from the Fellow with up to 2 revisions. The Fellow owns the final lookbook, but the ISA has the right to post and promote it.
  • To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.