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Meet Our 2015 Winner: David Sabbath

Davidsabbath thewriteroom.org winner grand prizeIntroducing our 2015 Grand Prize winner for Best Screenplay:

David Sabbath is a director/writer living in Columbus, Ohio.  His international and national commercials have received 57 advertising awards for his direction.  As the writer/director, his feature film God Don’t Make The Laws was awarded best picture at the 2012 LA Film and Video Festival.  For his writing, David has receive the New Star Award at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival; Best Movie Script and Best New Writer at the 2012 American International Film Festival; Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Festival and was just accepted to the 2016 Pasadena Film Festival.

‘20th Century Women’ Trailer: Annette Bening’s Bohemian Maternal Facets

In 2010’s The Kids Are All Right, Annette Bening played a lesbian mother dealing with the crisis of her kids’ birth father re-entering their lives, and in Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women she portrays a fiftysomething Bohemian single mom Dorothea who is just trying to keep her life together, and her adolescent son intact in 1979 Santa Barbara, CA. Setting the tone of her mid-life mishegoss in the trailer is a speech by President Jimmy Carter who at the time preached…
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Film Review: Tres Dentes De Ouro (Three Golden Teeth) (short film) (2015)

SYNOPSIS: Domitila is a girl who has to deal with the secrets of their adoptive parents amid the loneliness of her new home. REVIEW: Yet more short films, folks! Today we have TRES DENTES DE OURO (THREE GOLDEN TEETH), a film from Brazil in Portegeuse with english subtitles, written and directed by Diego Lara. So …

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Demon Boy Releases Official Music Video FLY ON THE WALL

Hey kids! Geuss what I got for you today? If you’ve been following my columns and reviews here for a while, you may recall an interview I did at Rock The Dead 2 with The Demon Boy. Inspired by shock rockers such as Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, Demon Boy has evolved the genre into …

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NBC Leads Early Debate Stats; Big Viewer Turnout Indicated

NBC snagged the biggest broadcast crowd for the first debate between the network’s former reality TV show star Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, moderated by its Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.
Very early stats show NBC with a household 11.0/15 during the debate – 9 PM until about 10:40 PM.
According to the early numbers, ABC followed with 9.0/13, and CBS with a 7.5/10. Fox broadcast network, which does not typically air news programming, was a lap behind with a 3.7/5…
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‘I Love Dick’, ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ & ‘The Tick’ Picked Up To Series By Amazon

Amazon has officially greenlit all three pilots it streamed in a trial run in August. I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick have been ordered to series for premiere exclusively on Prime Video in 2017 in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
“These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half-Hour Series, Amazon Studios. “It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a…
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NBCUni CEO Steve Burke Applauds Presidential Debate Moderator Lester Holt

NBCUniversal‘s CEO Steve Burke lauded Lester Holt‘s moderating of the first televised debate between US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Speaking in a keynote conversation with Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker, at the Royal Television Society Conference in London on Tuesday, Burke praised the NBC Nightly News anchor and said Holt “ended up doing a very good job.”
Burke said that the whole event was “nerveracking” for him. He confessed…
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Global Media Reacts To Trump Vs. Clinton Debate

Headlines about the first televised debate between US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were predominate in much of the world’s media outlets on Tuesday, with many largely opining that Clinton came up trumps.
European press, in particular, lauded Clinton her “poise” and for being “calm” and “well-prepared” for the debate. Left-leaning UK newspaper The Guardian led with the headline “Clinton calm as Trump struggles on issues of racism, sexism and…
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Grants for Writers: 8+ International Opportunities

Getting a grant can be just the thing a writer needs to ease financial stress and focus on his or her work. But landing one can be tough — particularly for international writers.

Fortunately, there are some really great organizations offering funding to writers all over the world.

Here are eight awesome grants for international writers, along with a whole slew of resources to help you find grants more specific to your region or niche (like journalism or academia). Now, go put your best foot forward and apply for funding for your writing!

1. Speculative Literature Foundation

The SLF currently offers four grants, all open to international writers: The Older Writers’ Grant, the Travel Grant, the Working Class Writers Grant, and the Diversity Grant. The amounts are small — all under $1000 — and are designed to be a “gateway grant” for speculative fiction writers.

Deadlines vary according to each grant.

2. The Awesome Foundation

Kristen Pope noted The Awesome Foundation in her list of grants for U.S.-based writers.

The Foundation consists of fully autonomous chapters committed to giving out $1000 micro-grants to “awesome projects” each month. There are chapters throughout the world, and artists are also welcome to apply for “worldwide” grants if they don’t have a local chapter.

Feeling philanthropic? You could start your own chapter, too!

3. Don and Gerel Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Open to new or amateur screenwriters based anywhere in the world, this competition has been running since 1986. It awards up to five fellowships of $35,000 each year, and fellowship winners are expected to complete one full screenplay during that time.

To enter, screenwriters must submit a feature-length screenplay and pay an entry fee (scaling from $45 to $82). The final deadline for 2016 was in May; check back for 2017 dates.

4. Brown University International Writers Project Fellowship

This fellowship is presented each year to an established international poet or fiction writer unable to practice his or her craft with free expression in their home country. The fellowship, worth $45,000, pays travel and living expenses; it also provides an office on the Brown University campus for 10 months. The deadline for 2016 was in February; visit the website for 2017 details and guidelines.

5. FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards

This award offers a prize of $40,000 to a writer in Africa or the Middle East of “extraordinary artistic talent” for a work of fiction published in English.

The 2016 awards were granted in September; check back on the website to find submission deadlines for 2017.

6. Miles Morland Foundation

The MMF awards a small number of writing scholarships each year, with the intention of allowing the receiving writer time to complete the first draft of his or her book. The grant is available to anyone who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

The writer must be working in English. This year’s applications are due by October 31, 2016.

7. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

The Guggenheim Foundation offers fellowships to mid-career writers, open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada. Approximately 200 fellowships are awarded every year, and the amount of the grants vary according to the number of awards given. Applications for 2017 were just due; mark your calendars to visit the site next year for 2018.

In years past the award has been available to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean; with any luck they’ll reopen that category again.

8. NSW Writer’s Fellowship (Early career)

This early career fellowship awards $30,000 to a new Australian writer to allow him or her to “ undertake a self-directed program of professional development.” This includes travel, mentorships, workshops and courses, research, collaboration, and “experimentation.” The deadline for 2016 was in March, but keep your eye on the website for next year.

More international grant resources and niche writing resources

Looking for more opportunities to apply for grants? Check these resources:


  • TransArtists: Run by Dutch Culture, this website lets you search for international artist-in-residence programs.
  • Global Investigative Journalism Network: Maintains a list of grants and fellowships for journalists throughout the world.
  • Funds for Writers: A list of funds (mainly residencies) around the world. Many of the opportunities listed are open to international writers.
  • Creative Resistance Fund: Grants, prizes, and emergency help for writers around the world facing persecution for their art.
  • European Cultural Partnership: Lists writing contests, residency opportunities, and more available both internationally and to EU residents.




  • Canada Council for the Arts: Lists a variety of grants available to residents of Canada. This includes grants especially for professional writers, aboriginal peoples, and spoken word artists, and others.

International writers, which opportunities would you add to this list?

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Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Looked Un-Prepared At Debate, Hillary Clinton Looked “Like Preparation H”

Stephen Colbert began tonight’s live Late Show watching the Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton debate with the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln confessed he called his opponent Stephen Douglas’s mother a “short-legged  a donkey fondler” in the Great Debate of ’58. Lincoln is mortified to learn the country’s first black POTUS is a Democrat, and warns Colbert not to head to the theater for his show because “it’s a trap,” marking Late Show’s first assassination…
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Hollywood Wastes No Time Responding To Donald, Hillary … and Lester

Refresh for updates Donald had barely started interrupting and Hillary was still all smiles before the first Hollywood’s responses to tonight’s presidential debates hit social media. The early word? Jump in there, Lester…
We’ll update as more reactions arrive.

btw, you know a charge agst Trump is 100% provably true when he interrupts with "Wrong!" #debates
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 27, 2016

He should blow his nose. He’s already blown the debate. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Debates?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"…
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