Much Ado About Everything
Caitlin McCarthy has advanced into the Semifinal Round of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting! Her script, WONDER DRUG, is one of only 149 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round.
During the Semifinals, four Academy members, drawn from a variety of branches, will read WONDER DRUG. From 10 to 15 Semifinalists will be selected as Finalists.
All Semifinalists will be included in the Nicholl contact list that is forwarded in the fall to agents, development executives, managers, and producers who request it.
The Finalists should be announced by early September.
WONDER DRUG just advanced to the Quarterfinal Round in the prestigious Academy Nicholl competition!
A NATIVE LAND also placed among the Top 10% of all 7,302 entries, but was shy of the total score needed to crack the Quarterfinal Round.
A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy has advanced to the Quarterfinals in The Film Empire’s Diversity Mentorship for Screenwriters. Mentors include:
- Lena Waithe, actress/writer/producer
- Evan Moore, creative executive, Team Downey
- Megan Spanjian, Television Packaging at United Talent Agency
- Michael Lee Peterson, executive, Phoenix Pictures
- Nina Fiore, executive story editor, “The Handmaid’s Tale"
- Charlie Wachtel, screenwriter, “BlacKkKlansman”
Stay tuned for details about the next round!
A NATIVE LAND just advanced to the Semifinals in the 2019 ScreenCraft Fellowship. Semifinalists were selected from over 2,500 submissions. Up to four emerging TV or film screenwriters will receive the ScreenCraft Fellowship, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, lodging at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and a week of meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to studio executives, literary agents, and producers including Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and more. Fingers crossed for the next round.
IDOL TALK, featuring an essay about Duran Duran by Caitlin McCarthy, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award (an international competition that honors independently published books of exceptional merit). Nominees are judged by independent panels covering 18 different categories. IDOL TALK was “Short Story/Anthology.” Finalists represent less than 10 percent of nominees.
FREE SKATE by Caitlin McCarthy has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Athena Film Festival LA TV Lab, hosted in partnership with the Stephens College Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting and WIST (Women in the Script Trade, formerly IRIS).
Caitlin McCarthy's thriller A NATIVE LAND has advanced to the Quarterfinals in the 2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, out of over 2,500 submissions. Up to four emerging TV or film screenwriters will receive the ScreenCraft Fellowship, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, lodging at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and a week of meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to studio executives, literary agents, managers, and producers including Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and more. Stay tuned for the next round.
"IDOL TALK: A Magical Memory Tour of Teen Idols": May 10 & 11, 8 pm, at Firehouse Center for the Arts. Featuring readings from IDOL TALK (including Caitlin McCarthy’s essay about Duran Duran), with IDOL-related dance numbers created and performed by the acclaimed Exit Dance Company. Buy your tickets HERE.
A NATIVE LAND has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition! The semifinalist list represents the top 10% of all submissions. Click HERE for more details.
A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition! The quarterfinalist list represents the top 20% of all submissions in their feature film, television pilot, and short film categories. Stay tuned for more updates.
The screenplay for A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy has been named an Official Selection of the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival! Stay tuned for more updates.
This year was a busy one. The biggest news: WONDER DRUG was selected as a “Featured Script” by The Black List website. It was heavily promoted with a special poster on The Black List website, as well as an email blast to the entertainment industry.
Also, on September 15th, I was honored -- for the 2nd time! -- as the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator. I was recognized for my teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at historic Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony.
Other special moments include:
- The Black List tweeted about WONDER DRUG, promoting it to entertainment industry members as highly rated and one to read:
- DEADLINE KNOWS, a short film that I co-wrote, received an 8.4 out of 10 stars on IMDb. Watch the short film at:
- My pilot teleplay “Virtual Vida” was a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship (Original Comedy Division).
- WONDER DRUG was selected as a finalist in the 2018 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
- WONDER DRUG advanced to the semifinal round in the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
- Worcester Academy wrote an article about my screenwriting and teaching (page 16):
- Regis Today magazine highlighted my screenwriting and teaching in an article:
- The USC Shoah Foundation highlighted the heroine of my screenplay RESISTANCE, Vera Laska. Note Dr. Laska was my professor at Regis College:
- WONDER DRUG won the Richmond International Film & Music Festival’s Grand Jury Award for 2018 Best Feature Screenplay.
- My interview about screenwriting with “What, Why, How”:
- RESISTANCE reached the Top 3 of The Film Empire’s inaugural “Fempire” Screenwriting Contest.
- The Black List tweeted support for A NATIVE LAND:
- RESISTANCE advanced to the Semifinals in the 5th annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, representing approximately the top 10% of submissions received.
- Two of my pilot teleplays – PASS/FAIL and FREE SKATE -- moved on to the second round of deliberation in the 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF)’s Scripts Competition. Only the top 15% of scripts submitted made it to this round of the competition.
- Release party at Newtonville Books for IDOL TALK: WOMEN WRITERS ON THE TEENAGE INFATUATIONS THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES. I participated in a reading with Elizabeth Searle, Marianne Leone, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, among others. Order a copy of the book here (I wrote about Duran Duran):
- IDOL TALK moved up the charts to #4 among McFarland & Company’s book titles.
- A NATIVE LAND was featured on the WRAC 18 List. Go Into The Story (the official screenwriting blog of The Black List) is a big supporter of the WRAC. View the list here:
- Out of thousands of entries, A NATIVE LAND advanced to the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Quarterfinals.
- A NATIVE LAND advanced to the semifinals in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition. According to WeScreenplay, “The mission of Diverse Voices is to encourage stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.”
- FREE SKATE advanced to the Quarterfinals in the 2018 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition. This year’s jury is comprised of creative executives, coordinators, and development heads at HBO, AMC and Amazon Studios. FREE SKATE was selected from roughly 2,500 submissions.
Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and successful 2019!