The American Film Institute announced the recipients of the 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards, which recognizes outstanding work by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows.
AFI paired recipients Haley Bartels, Christina Kingsleigh Licud, Kenda Greenwood Moran and Alessandro Pederzoli with mentors, giving them an opportunity to work directly with established artists.
Mentors include LaToya Morgan, who has written and produced shows such as “The Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “Parenthood,” and “Shameless;” Andy Siara, who has written for “Lodge 49” and “Palm Springs;” Christina Strain, who has written for “The Magicians” and “Finding Ohana;” and Sheila ,Wilson who has written for “Warrior Nun.”
“Beyond being a world-class training ground for filmmakers, AFI Conservatory also has a world-class network of industry professionals who always search for ways to lift up other alumni and newly graduated fellows,” said Susan Ruskin, dean of the AFI Conservatory and executive vice president of the American Film Institute. “This year’s award winners and mentors embody the skill, talent and groundbreaking artistry that AFI alumni are known for.”
Each recipient had to produce a project and be selected for this program.
Bartels wrote “Barbary,” set in San Francisco, 1896. A shy postmortem photographer and a brazen actress are led to a murder scene and work together to unravel a series of killings. Licud produced “24K,” a half-hour comedy, that follows the life of a Filipino teen determined to earn a full-ride college scholarship and provide for her little sister.
Moran wrote “Tammany,” a one-hour drama set in New York City, 1868. A tenacious Irish immigrant, desperate to protect and provide for her rebellious teenage sister, disguises herself as a man to get a job at Tammany Hall. Pederzoli’s “Narcobruja” is a one-hour drama that tells the story of a woman, left for dead after a cartel murders her family, is cared for by an indigenous witch and learns magic to avenge her family.
Andrew Hu, AFI class of 2015, created the program to recognize the great television writing being done by Screenwriting Fellows such as the newly announced recipients. Approximately, 75% of winners of the Writers’ Room Ready Award are staffed on shows.
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