Applications are open until 11:59pm PT July 31, 2020. Ten semifinalists will be notified on August 4; the three final Mentees will be notified August 17.


In the name of transparency, all first round applications will be scored in a blind review process (with name, gender, nationality, and other identifying features removed). The ten semifinalists will also receive feedback from our Selection Committee on their scripts after the three Mentees are announced.


Please read the following eligibility criteria before submitting an application. In order to be considered for the 1497 Writers Lab, all applicants must:

  • Self-identify as South Asian or South Asian American

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Understand all scripts are targeting the American film market

  • Commit to the Lab timeline (listed below) - due to the current global pandemic, all Lab events will take place online

  • Submit one application along with the $25 application fee (paid via PayPal to; fee waived for applications submitted July 10-24).  Note: the application asks that you confirm acceptance of the terms of the 1497 Writers Lab Submission Agreement.

  • Have at least one full draft of a feature-length screenplay and submit the first 10 pages

  • If screenplay advances to the semifinals, submit full draft and participate in an interview

  • If accepted as a Mentee, sign agreements with the Mentors and Advisors, as well as an NDA

1497 Writers Lab Timeline

  • August 24: Mentee Orientation

  • August 28-30: Peer-to-Peer Feedback

  • Week of August 31: Deep Dive #1 with Script Coach

  • September 18: Script Coach Homework due

  • Week of September 21: Deep Dive #2 with Script Coach

  • October 9: Rewrite due

  • Week of October 19: Mentor Session #1

  • November 2: Rewrite due

  • DATES TBD based on avail/needs: Mentor Session #2

  • Week of November 9 or 16: Advisor one-on-one meetings

  • OPTIONAL: following the lab, if any finalist would like a table read of their script, 1497 can help facilitate

Ready to apply to the 1497 Writers Lab?


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