January 6, 2021 – Applications open
March 8, 2021 – Applications close
May 6, 2021 – Short List writers notified
Week of May 17, 2021 – Finalist interviews
May 20, 2021 – Participants notified
Mid-June, 2021 – Residency begins
IMPORTANT: Please note, applicants can apply through either WIF or The Black List, however, instructions are different for each platform. WIF members can apply for membership rates and non-members can apply for $40 per application. Through WIF, applicants can submit up to three scripts. Each script must be submitted through its own application, so fees and/or waivers are applicable per script. For Black List instructions, please click here. To be eligible to apply through WIF:
- You are the sole and exclusive author of the feature screenplay submitted for consideration.
- You have not received more than $100K in aggregate to date as compensation for film or television writing work.
- You will be available for monthly (approx.) sessions between June 2021 – May 2022.
- How are participants selected?
WIF and Black List select semifinalists from the initial applicant pool through separate jury processes. WIF’s preliminary jury includes agents, managers, writers, associates, executives, and WIF staff, and each script is guaranteed at least three reads of at least its first 15 pages. Strong scripts will be read in entirety in order to determine if they advance to the semi-finalist round. Finalists are selected by Black List and WIF Residency managers and may be asked to progress to the interview round. The participants are selected based on interviews, scripts, and ancillary materials.
- How many scripts can I submit?
Through WIF, applicants can submit up to three scripts. Each script must be submitted through its own application, so fees and/or waivers are applicable per script.
- Can I apply through both WIF and Black List?
Yes, you can apply through both, however as noted above, there are separate preliminary processes for the two organizations. If you are applying through The Black List, be sure to read their instructions and FAQs.
- Do I have to be a member to apply through WIF?
You no longer need to be a WIF member to apply to this program. WIF members can apply at member rates and non-members can apply for $40 per application. Applications are open to the public through our store HERE (please be sure to read all other eligibility requirements prior to purchasing your application). For program-specific member benefits, please visit our membership page HERE.
- I have a writing partner who is also a woman, NB/GNC, and/or trans, or another underrepresented gender. Can we both apply?
Yes, you can both apply, either through separate applications or jointly. However each script will only receive three reads in the preliminary round, even if submitted twice, so a joint application is recommended. If the script is selected, you can both participate in the Residency.
- I have a writing partner who is a cis man. Can I still apply?
Yes, you are still eligible to apply. In our effort to create equitable spaces in a currently male-dominated industry, should you be accepted into the program your partner would not be able to participate in the sessions directly. However, you would be able to share appropriate script feedback with them.
- What is the time commitment of the Residency?
Meetings are approximately two hours in length, once a month. This duration can fluctuate, and in 2020, meetings were slightly more frequent in the first quarter of the Residency. However they are generally planned for post-business hours in Pacific time and on weekends.
- If I’m selected, when will I meet my mentors?
Given the unusual nature of these times, we cannot guarantee a timeline for meeting your mentors. However in 2020, mentor sessions took place in October.
- Will this program be conducted remotely or in-person?
For the time being, all WIF events and programs are bing conducted remotely, and no in-person meetings are expected. We will work with accepted participants on accessibility accommodations.