Screenwriters Lab



A festival favorite, highlights of the lab include an opening session with the host followed by a live table read of their latest work.


Regular deadline to December 15
Late deadline to January 15
Extended late February 15

SUBMISSION RULES All submissions must be accompanied by a logline and a non-refundable entry fee. Artistic statements, resumes, and bios are also welcome but not required.  Applicants must submit ONE (1) copy of their screenplay or PDF file. (Please submit entire script).   Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry and fee. Submissions will not be returned. All fees are nonrefundable. All works must be original and unproduced as of March 1st, 2019.  Finalists will be notified early March.


The Svslab has a group of mentors and advocates who return each year and help finalists with not only script notes but also securing management and writing jobs.

Past hosts and mentors have included Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan [Traffic], Academy Award winner David Seidler [The King’s Speech], Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash [The Descendants], Academy Award nominees Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten [Dallas Buyers Club], Jay Duplass [Transparent], Will McCormack [Toy Story 4], Chris Moore [Project Greenlight] and filmmaking legends Mark and Jay Duplass [Togetherness]. During the Screenwriters Lab, these dynamos discuss their careers, present their latest work during a live table read, and take questions from the audience.

The 2019 High Scribe Judge is Trevor Groth, of financier/production co 30WEST, and former Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival. The 2019 Screenwriters Lab host will be announced soon.


The High Scribe screenplay competition finalists are Dark Horizons by Carlo and Erin Carere, The Lean by Pearse Lehane, and A Just Cause by Andrea Fiest Stein.