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Inaugural Indigenous Screenwriting List to highlight Indigenous screenwriters

Indigenous screenwriters are about to get a big boost in their careers.

IllumiNative, the Sundance Institute, and The Black List have collaborated for the Inaugural Indigenous Screenwriting List, which highlights the best Indigenous screenwriters in both feature films and television.

Indigenous filmmakers and content creators working in the United States are invited to submit their scripts by uploading them to The Black List website at Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 27, 2020.

Requirements include: 

-       Indigenous film artists working in the U.S. are eligible to submit scripts to this partnership

-       Any kind of story is eligible and will be considered

-       Feature film scripts, half-hour scripts, and one-hour episodic scripts will be considered for this partnership - no web series, please

-       All levels of experience considered for submitting writers  

-       Scripts submitted should be as free from attachments as possible

-       Submitting writers should be prepared to answer the following question: What is your Tribal Nation/First Nation? Please describe how your Native culture has supported your ideas and process as a screenwriter?

Selected writers for the Indigenous List will be notified of their placement in Fall 2020, with a public announcement to follow.

“We're excited to work with The Black List and IllumiNative to introduce The Indigenous List, which I believe mirrors the industry's need for Indigenous stories told by Indigenous artists and filmmakers,” said N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), director, Sundance Institute's Indigenous Program. “This opportunity allows us to elevate voices and stories that can enrich our culture at this urgent moment.”

For more information, please contact Kate Hagen at