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HBO / American Black Festival Writers Lab

Deadline Entry Fee
April 30, 2006 $50
Award: Workshop where six (6) qualifying writers can openly discuss story, the creative and “notes” process, and the challenges of writing under the guidance of others.
Other Awards/Prizes: 
The HBO Writers Lab is a mentoring program designed to provide career guidance for emerging screenwriters by offering practical insights into what to expect from script writing as a profession.
Applications are now being accepted for the program, and the workshop is limited to six (6) qualifying writers in order to create a more intimate environment where participants and industry professionals can openly discuss story, the creative and “notes” process, and the challenges of writing under the guidance of others.
Notification Date:  May 31, 2006
Eligibility: See rules.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Screenplays must have been written by a person of African descent and must have been written by only one (1) writer
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant must be a registered ABFF attendee and independently travel to the ABFF
  • Competition is open to U.S. and international entries
  • Screenplays must be in the English language
  • Screenplays must be original with Applicant, Applicant must own all rights to the Screenplay, and the Screenplay may not be based upon any other work unless all rights in such work are owned by Applicant
  • In addition to the above, Screenplay must not have won award(s) in any competition under its current or any former title. Employees of Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO) and any other Time Warner entity (whether or not permanent or temporary employees) and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate in the HBO Writers’ Lab Each entry must arrive at the ABFF offices postmarked by the April 30, 2006 deadline
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Submission materials (each entry must be submitted and received as follows):

  • Three (3) completed submission forms
  • $50 submission fee to be paid by check/money order only for each submission, payable to FILM LIFE, INC./ABFF
  • Two (2) copies of the Screenplay (Note: Screenplays will not be returned)
  • Two (2) copies of Applicant bio and photo
  • Three (3) copies of Screenplay synopsis (max. 2 pages)
  • Three (3) executed Writers’ Lab releases
  • Entry title and name of entrant must be on all materials and containers
  • There is not a limit to the number of entries: separate form required for each Mail entry to: ABFF, c/o FILM LIFE, HBO Writers’ Lab, P.O. Box 688, New York, NY 10012
    Applicants will be notified of the ABFF’s decision by May 31, 2006.
Web Address:
Contact & E-mail: ABFF, c/o FILM LIFE, HBO Writers’ Lab
Contact Title:
Organization: HBO/ American Black Festival Writers Lab
P.O. Box 688
New York, NY 10012
United States
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