Who should apply? Writers at all career stages and from all backgrounds are welcome, as long as they have completed at least one feature-length screenplay or produced one short film.
Selection: Your work will be juried by a small panel of film and screenwriting professionals. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement, work sample, or use your name to title samples (eg, if your name is Jane Doe, don't upload the document "JaneDoe.doc").
What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:
Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, screenwriting or filmmaking experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision?
Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your writing process and/or what life experiences and influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as a storyteller. Be yourself. Jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your creative process. For the artist statement, please do not include identifying biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.
Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 10 pages (double-spaced and/or including traditional line breaks for dialogue) in 12-point font, in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or previously produced work -- whatever you feel will make the strongest application. You are welcome to include an introductory note (a paragraph or two) explaining the sample (i.e. -- this is designed for feature film, short film, documentary, TV pilot). Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample and don't label your work sample with your name (i.e., if your name is Jane Doe, please don't name your file JaneDoe.doc).
Residency Dates: This fellowship is offered during the May 2019 residency period (May 5-May 19, 2019), coinciding with the Rainier Independent Film Festival (May 17-May 19, 2019). As a screenwriting resident, you will receive free tickets and access to festival-related events, so that the residency provides a mix of intensive generative time upfront but closes with the opportunity to enjoy new productions, networking, and idea-gathering.
Residency Cost: This residency costs $550, which includes your housing, linens, and all meals, as well as a craft workshop with Warren Etheredge and VIP passes to the Rainier Independent FIlm Festival, held in nearby Ashford, WA. (Transportation between Mineral and the festival will be available.)
Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all these elements are attached!