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. You may also submit the first 10 pages of the pilot episode of your unproduced TV or webseries.

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, 2018. 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 feature 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 scripts 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. Note that this year Outfest will be accepting pilot scripts for web series and TV as well as feature-length screenplays.


To be held in June of 2018, with a follow up staged reading event during the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival in July 2018, the lab includes sessions with 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 2018 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

Yen Tan, 2009 Fellow
Yen Tan's PIT STOP was part of the 2009 Screenwriting Lab. The critically-acclaimed film PIT STOP, premiered (co-written with David Lowery) at Sundance 2013. It was nominated for a John Cassavetes Awards at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards. The film has acquired distribution worldwide. His previous feature, CIAO (2008), was released theatrically and was a Queer Lion contender at Venice Film Festival. Yen also co-directed UNTIL WE COULD (2014) with David Lowery, an Addy-winning PSA for Freedom to Marry that was narrated by Robin Wright and Ben Foster. He was born in Malaysia and now lives in Austin, where he works as an award-winning key art designer for films and documentaries. His 2016 short, 1985, is now in production as a feature.

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.

Dan Bucatinsky, 1999 Finalist
Dan Bucatinsky's ALL OVER THE GUY is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings thrown together by their respective best friends in hopes of igniting their own romance. They do everything they can to NOT fall in love, but finally they overcome the dysfunction of their parents and surrender to their hearts. The film was produced in 2001 and was the first film Bucatinsky wrote and produced. Bucatinsky has gone on to serve on the Outfest Board of Directors and has since produced the television shows WEB THERAPY, THE COMEBACK, LIPSTICK JUNGLE, and GREY'S ANATOMY.


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All entrants will be notified if they are advancing to Round 2 by March 30th, 2018. All final results will be announced by May 1, 2018. The 5 fellows who are selected will be notified by May 1st, 2018.


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.