The Filmmakers' Workshop serves a specially curated group of film and TV writers each year. We focus on fresh, ambitious work and prepare writers for success in a competitive industry.
Our tailored, process-oriented approach mirrors our celebrated development of new plays and musicals. Early-career screenwriters and TV writers engage in one-on-one feedback sessions with professional mentors, panel discussions, screenings, developmental readings, and production discussions all designed to bring each script and project closer to completion.
Applications for 2020-21 are now closed. Applicants will be notified in June.
For additional information, FilmLab@newyorkstageandfilm.org
"As a Black woman who came to Hollywood with no family connections to the business, I have great respect for what New York Stage & Film offers.
Imagine a workshop that offers a unique opportunity for diverse filmmakers to spend with directors, writers, and producers who’ve succeeded in the business. Not a single meeting, but multiple meetings, in-depth notes on their material, talented New York theater actors to perform their scripts at a table read, and almost more importantly, the chance to make a real connection with someone who can help them in their career."
Shelby Stone, 2019 Mentor, President of Production, Freedom Road Productions
"NYSAF's Filmmmakers' Workshop is one of the best opportunities available to developing writers. A truly supportive and creative environment for writers to find their voice."
Richard LaGravenese, 2018 Mentor, Writer/Director,
The Last Five Years, Behind the Candelabra
"The NYSAF Workshop was a huge turning point for me because it was the first time I was immersed in such a diverse and supportive group of fellow writers! ... What the Workshop provides is an opportunity to build a day-one writer's family. That is rare and invaluable, especially so early in your career."
Azia Squire, 2017 Filmmakers' Workshop, Writer,
Rocketeer (Disney), First Ladies (Showtime/Lionsgate)
top industry participants serve as mentors, lead master classes, and host panel discussions.
Miranda de Pencier
Mary Stuart Masterson
John Patrick Shanley
Maria Agui Carter
Robin Rose Singer
Photo Credit: Buck Lewis