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Invaluable screenwriting opportunities available for SU’s Film Studies students

Written by Kirsten Thompson, Ph.D., director of Film Studies
June 13, 2018

Eight Seattle U Film Studies students are working as volunteer interns on the Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge, a new scriptwriting competition which offers unparalleled Hollywood access to the next great voices in screenwriting. Students work with Film Studies instructor and Hollywood screenwriter Jonathan Keasey on this new contest which aims to raise Seattle’s profile as filmmaking powerhouse as entrants compete for valuable exclusive fellowships with top industry professionals from the most famous studios in Hollywood. 

Top film-industry professionals are set to award two grand prize winners and one runner up in three categories: original screenplay, television pilot and digital short. Winners will be announced at the Seattle Film Summit on November 17-18, 2018.  

Students can also enter the competition categories and compete to win an opportunity for their scripts to be read by some of the top names in Hollywood, like Chris Lockhart, head of story at talent agency juggernaut WME, and John Cheng, president of Kevin Hart’s HeartBeat Productions, as well as many notables from Seattle’s vibrant indie film community. Students also get the opportunity to learn more about the Hollywood business, network and prepare for their professional careers after graduation. 

The first fellowship announced is with the Paramount Studios’ company, Broken Road Productions, and producer Sean Robbins of Tom Cruise’s “Knight And Day” and Jeremy Renner’s upcoming movie “TAG.” The programs are designed to advance the writer’s material and career. 

“Fellowships are a smart and relatively easy way to do something that’s extremely hard: get your work seen by someone who can actually make a difference,” says Robbins. 

Seattle native and Writers Guild of America professional Keasey is excited about the potential. “The Pacific Northwest has a pool of talent that hasn’t been fully tapped. We’re excited to bring our two creative communities together in hopes of generating some amazing content.”