The Film Empire's Diversity Mentorship for Screenwriters
2019 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 around April of 2019 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.


Screenwriting Diversity Mentors

Lena Waith,  actress/writer/producer, “The Chi,” “Boomerang,” “Master of None,” “Dear White People,” & “Ready Player One”
JaSheika James & JaNeika James, writers, “Empire”
Megan Spanjian, Television Packaging at United Talent Agency
Angelina Chen, manager, Energy Entertainment
Michael Lee Peterson, executive, Phoenix Pictures
Nina Fiore, executive story editor, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Charlie Wachtel, screenwriter, “BlacKkKlansman”
Evan Moore, creative executive, Team Downey
Gisselle Legere, writer, “Quantico”
Paress Salinas, writer/producer/co-founder, Queens of the New Age; formerly of Overbrook Entertainment

***Mentors are subject to change


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Screenwriters 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.

Must be of an underrepresented demographic within the entertainment industry.