20th Annual

Outfest Screenwriting Lab

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Round 1
In Round 1, 25 semifinalists are chosen.

In order to complete your submission to the Outfest Screenwriting Lab, please submit the following:

Submit one (1) electronic PDF of the following items via Withoutabox. (One file should contain all three items.)

1. ONLY THE FIRST TEN (10) pages (not including cover pages) of an original script that is between 90 and 130 pages in completed form.

2. A synopsis of the script (no longer that 750 words).

3. A statement of up to one page (no longer that 750 words) outlining your career history and objectives as well as what you hope to gain by participating in the Lab.

Full Submission Requirements can be found in the Category Rules and in the General Festival Rules.

In Round 1, 25 submissions are chosen to go on to Round 2. If your script is selected for the second round of the selection process you will receive an email with a request to submit a PDF of the complete script by March 30th, 2017. Please be prepared by this date to send the full script. If you are selected for the second round you may also be called for an interview in person or via Skype. In Round 2 several finalists will be called in for an interview (depending on location, either in person or Skype), and then finally, five Lab Fellows will be chosen.


Since 1997, 7 films have been produced that were ushered through the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. What began as a screenwriting competition has expanded into a dynamic three-day, mentor-led workshop in Los Angeles for selected screenwriters. The authors of five screenplays will be invited to participate in an intensive laboratory during which they will work closely with Lab Mentors - established writers who will critique and encourage their work.


To be held in June of 2017, with a follow up staged reading event during the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival in July 2017, the lab includes sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events. Lab Fellows are selected by Outfest staff, with recommendations from a panel of writers, directors, producers and development executives.

All participants will receive accreditation for the 2017 festival. Travel to Los Angeles for the lab is not guaranteed, but will be provided if available.

Success Stories of Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellows!

George Northy, 2011 Fellow
A copywriter at an advertising agency in New York, George Northy wrote his very first screenplay after reading an article in Cosmo Girl that every girl should get herself a gay best friend (G.B.F.) as if it were a fashion accessory. Northy's script was quickly snatched up by producers after a few staged readings in Los Angeles. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in the Spring of 2013 and was the Outfest Closing Night Film at The Ford Theater later that summer. G.B.F. stars Megan Mullally, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen and Natasha Lyonne.

Louise Wadley, 2011 Fellow
To all appearances E (the stunning Mandahla Rose) leads a glamorous life as the sexy star DJ at one of the hottest clubs in Sydney, a job with perks that include her pick of the beautiful women who come to dance to her tunes. But the reality is this daughter of Lebanese immigrant parents is so closeted that she broke up with the love of her life, Trish (Julia Billington); entered into a sham marriage with fey gay best mate Matt (Brett Rogers); and even abandoned her once promising musical career as a clarinetist. When she and Matt find a duffel bag full of cash, the money seems like the ticket to a better life, but the pair are soon on the run—and on a road trip into the outback that may lead E back to the one who got away. Writer-director Louise Wadley has fashioned a sexy Aussie crime caper that hums with suspense, flashes of humor, and second chances

Gideon Raff, 2007 Fellow
Writer-Director Gideon Raff is the co-creator of Showtime’s Emmy and Golden Globe award winning hit series, “Homeland,” along with 24 Executive Producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. “Homeland” is based on “Prisoners of War,” the highest rated drama in Israel and winner of 9 Israeli Emmys, which Raff created, wrote and directed. “Homeland” became Showtime’s highest-rated drama premiere in eight years with just over 1 million viewers tuning in on October 2, 2011. Raff also wrote and directed the feature films, THE KILLING FLOOR and TRAIN.

Samuel Park, 2006 Fellow
The novel version of Samuel Park’s screenplay has just been published by Alyson Books and will be released December 2006. First developed as a one-act play at Stanford University, this literate, intimate novel introduces a fresh new voice in gay fiction. The story is set in 1948 and follows Adam Greenhurst, a Harvard student with dreams of becoming a literary scholar. His life plan is set, until he's busted by campus police for having sex with another man in a public place. Threatened with expulsion, Adam refocuses his energies on a new class about Shakespeare's sonnets where he meets Jean Hoffman, a man with whom Adam shares a love of language and a love of men. As their relationship grows, Adam realizes he will have to make a choice: the life his family planned for him, or the life his heart desires.

Ty Lieberman, 2005 Fellow
The first lab project to go into production, KISS THE BRIDE is a groundbreaking romantic comedy starring Tori Spelling (So noTORIous, Beverly Hills, 90210), Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner, Six Feet Under), Tess Harper and a cast of rising talents including Philipp Karner (The Sopranos, Sex and the City) and James O'Shea. The film is directed by Outfest Lab Mentor C. Jay Cox (scr/dir. LATTER DAYS, scr. SWEET HOME ALABAMA), produced by Shadow Factory and Executive Produced and Distributed by Here! Networks. Lieberman has gone on to write for television, for a reality-TV fishing show, a children's animated program, and still actively writing feature films as well.

Javier Fuentes-León, 2003 Fellow
CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW) was selected by Peru to vie for a Foreign Language Oscar Nomination. Since its completion in 2009, the film--which tells the story of Miguel, whose love for another man threatens to dismantle his family and circle of friends in a small Peruvian fishing village--has toured the world on the film festival circuit and received numerous awards. Writer/director Fuentes-León was recognized as one of Outfest's 4 in Focus in 2010, where the film served as the International Centerpiece and also received the Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement. CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW) made its North American debut and won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance; it has since screened at dozens of festivals worldwide. The film was released theatrically and is distributed on DVD by The Filmmakers Collaborative.

David Michael Barrett, 2002 Fellow
Verité Films, an independent production company, announced their next feature will be David Michael Barrett's OVER THE RAINBOW. It will be directed by multi-award winning director, Casper Andreas. OVER THE RAINBOW is a smart romantic comedy, literally a fairy tale. Thrust into a world where all gay people are closeted, a gay man must find a bride for the Prince, who seems in every way to be his real-life boyfriend. Barrett, along with René Veilleux and Donald Roman Lopez of Verité FIlms, will produce. They plan to go into production in 2012. Barrett also wrote and executive produced BAD ACTRESS, distributed by Strand Releasing.


Jessica Broutt (Outfest Forward Manager); Jessica Broutt (Outfest Forward Manager); Jessica Broutt (Outfest Forward Manager)


All entrants will be notified if they are advancing to Round 2 by March 25th, 2017. All final results by April 29, 2017. The 5 fellows who are selected will be notified by May 10th, 2017.


Submitting to the Lab constitutes permission to use the entrant's name and likeness for publicity and promotions.
Although not necessary at time of entry, Outfest encourages writers to register their material with either the Writers Guild of America or The U.S. Copyright Office. U.S. Copyright information: (202) 707-3000. Writers Guild East: (212) 767-7800. Writers Guild West: (323) 951-4000.
Any disputes or questions regarding the application or effect of these rules shall be resolved by the Board of Directors of Outfest, whose judgment shall be binding and final on all parties.