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The Outfest Screenwriting Lab started as a screenwriting contest in 1997 and has become the cornerstone of our education and mentoring program, Outfest Forward. Twenty-three years later, this program has become an intensive three-day lab in Los Angeles, shepherding the next generation of screenwriters.



The authors of five scripts will be invited to participate in this dynamic lab in October, where they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work. Only narrative feature-length screenplays and episodic pilot script (standard broadcast length – half hour or hour) will be considered. Screenwriting Lab Fellows will continue to receive guidance from Outfest Staff and Mentors for the full calendar year.


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