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AMPAS Announces 2014 Nicholl Fellowship Winners

AMPAS Announces 2014 Nicholl Fellowship Winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of this year’s competition for the much-coveted Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. AMPAS received more than 7,000 submission for this year’s competition. After narrowing down the selection to ten finalists, the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee chose three individual writers and one writing team as the 2014 winners.

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In addition to receiving a $35,000 cash prize, each winner is expected to complete one feature-length screenplay during the term of his or her fellowship year. The writer retains the rights to the screenplay that gets written as AMPAS does not get involved with the project in a commercial capacity.

You can find the names of this year’s winners, as well as the complete list of finalists, below. AMPAS will hold a formal awards ceremony on Thursday, November 13 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The ceremony will include a live reading of selected scenes from each winner’s screenplay submission.


Sam Baron
Cambridge, United Kingdom
“The Science of Love and Laughter”

Alisha Brophy & Scott Miles
Los Angeles, CA (Brophy) and Austin, TX (Miles)
“United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”

Melissa Iqbal
London, United Kingdom
“The Death Engine”

Sallie West
Charleston, SC


Robert D. Cain – “Gagarin”
Los Angeles, CA

Josh Golden – “Road to Oz”
Los Angeles, CA

Ben Jacoby – “Earthwalkers”
New York, NY

Duncan Samarasinghe – “The Caretaker”
Dandenong, Australia

Ryan Trevino & Robert Wolfe Dunn – “Arcadia”
Seal Beach, CA (Trevino); Los Angeles, CA (Dunn)

Mike Van Waes – “Grave Hearts”
West Hollywood, CA

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