Gateway LA is a new script development program for film and television writers. It aims to develop audience-driven, Australian-created content for US and international audiences, with the aim to spotlight and promote a select list of screenplays -- in the model of The Black List and the UK’s Brit List. In particular, the program promotes writers to both Australian and international producers, development executives and talent in Los Angeles, where AiF has a base.
The program is open to writers, or writing teams, with at least one Australian citizen or permanent resident.
The 2014 Gateway LA program will name up to 10 scripts or teleplays to circulate as an “Aussie List”.
Of these, 1-3 projects per year will be announced as the winner(s).
Winning projects receive a cash award and high level support and networking access in Los Angeles, specifically tailored to a projects’ needs.
Where possible, writers will have one-on-one meetings with mentors, such as established screenwriters, producers, and other industry professionals acting as advisors to the program.
Economy travel will be provided by Australians in Film and Virgin Australia, if the winning writer(s) are based in Australia.
A maximum of two (2) round trip tickets per writing team is allowed between Australia and Los Angeles.
1. Writers must complete the required web application form. Applicants must read and understand the rules and regulations and also pay a $30USD application fee per script submission.
2. Script readers select scripts that meet the initial criteria. Criteria includes a completed application as well as if the project has international potential, which is a core requirement of this program.
3. Script readers provide internal coverage for the Judging Committee. The Judges review shortlisted submissions and select 10 projects. This short list forms the Aussie List.
4. The Judging Committee reviews final batch of scripts and selects up to 1-3 projects to be awarded as winner(s).
August 4 - Applications Open.
September 12 - Applications Close 11:59pm LA time.
October/November – Judges Announce 10 shortlisted projects.
November/December – Judges Announce Winner(s).
Check out the FAQs below.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com BEFORE you submit.
Responses will be within 48 hours, where possible.
Audrey Chon, VP Scripted Television, Shine America (Gracepoint, The Bridge)
Michael Costigan, Producer (Stoker, Out of the Furnace), Executive Producer (Brokeback Mountain, Prometheus);
Jonathan Hludzinski, Creative Executive at Animal Logic
Peter Lawson, VP of Production and Acquisitions, Open Road Films (Triple Nine, Nightcrawler) and co-chair of Gateway LA Program
Simonne Overend, Vice President of Scripted Development for Essential Media (Saving Mr Banks, Rake), President of Australians in Film and Co-Chair of Gateway LA Program
Bruna Papandrea, Producer, Pacific Standard (Warm Bodies, Wild), Executive Producer, Gone Girl, Milk) Michelle Sandoval, Executive, Ausfilm
Michelle Sandoval, Executive, Ausfilm
Bec Smith, Agent (Motion Picture Literary and Independent Film Group) at United Talent Agency
Stacey Testro, Manager/Producer, Stacey Testro International
Can I submit an early draft?
It depends. If you are happy with the draft, and feel the screenplay is ready to be shown to producers or development executives, then by all means.
Please be aware that Gateway LA is not a script workshop.
Can Gateway LA script readers submit screenplays?
Will AiF benefit from the sale of any of these screenplays?
No. The goal of the Gateway LA Script Development Program is to promote the careers of Australian writers and Australian creative teams.
AIF is a 501c3 non profit organization. Our mission is to support the careers of Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles.
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