The Film Empire's Diversity Screenwriting Contest

2018 season now closed


Screenwriters of underrepresented backgrounds will have the chance to win mentorship meetings with our diverse lineup of industry pros. This mentorship will occur during the summer of 2018 via Skype or other forms of video conference. The purpose of the Diversity Mentorship contest is to impart knowledge on our grand prize winner through the advice and expertise of professionals in film & television industry in a time when diverse voices in media are sought after. Entrants can reside in any country in the world.


Review our FAQ for our general contest rules.

Filmmakers must submit original screenplay of a short, feature or tv episode.

There are no limitations on the number of pages.

No genre restrictions.

Our judges will be looking at all aspects of the story to include pacing, structure, organization, etc.

Writer must be of an underrepresented demographic within the entertainment industry.


The amazing mentors include:

Cate Adams, VP of Film Production at Warner Bros.

Mateja Bozicevic, Original Programming at Marvel TV

Amy Suh, Executive Director of Drama Development, Sony Pictures Television

Darice Rollins, producer

Julia Carias-Linares, TV Development & Programming, A&E Networks’ FYI

Chiara Atik, writer (story editor), “Superstore”

George Paaswell, producer, “Claws”

Alison Tatlock, co-producer, “Stranger Things” season 1, supervising producer, “Halt and Catch Fire”

Payman Benz, director, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Key & Peele,” “A.P. Bio,” “The Good Place”

Gideon Yago, writer, “Quantico”

Estefania Szprengiel, HBO