The Screenwriters Colony and the Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) have joined forces to launch the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy. Running June 10-23, 2016, four emerging comedy writers will win an all expense paid trip to Nantucket. The program will provide them with mentorship from prominent industry members, as well as time in a writers’ room where they can develop their skills and delve into their pilots.
Eric Gilliland will serve as Creative Advisor for the two week program this June. A Peabody and Golden Globe-winning writer-producer, Gilliland’s filmography includes “Roseanne,” “The Wonder Years,” “Who’s The Boss?” and “That 70’s Show.” He produced the documentary “God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of The Lost Boys of Sudan,” which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
“We are currently enjoying an amazing golden age of television, and innovative episodic comedy writing is having a vital impact on our culture,” said Lydia Cavallo Zasa, Managing Director of the Screenwriters Colony. “We are excited to expand our capacity to support the next generation of talented writers through this partnership with NFF. We look forward to finding strong voices working in the valuable art form of original scripted comedy, and nurturing them to push the boundaries of the craft.”
Writers and mentors for the 2016 inaugural program will be announced in April 2016. Films written by Colony and NFF alumni include “Cake” (Patrick Tobin), “The Kings of Summer” (Chris Galletta) and “Girls” (Jason Kim).