(San Diego, Calif. – Nov. 30, 2010) – PLNU alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton was one of five writers selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which was distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 4.
In October, Cretton was one of ten writers who were selected as finalists for the fellowship. He was selected based on his script, “Short Term 12.”
The finalists were chosen out of 6,304 submitted scripts. All the scripts will be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which awards up to five esteemed $30,000 fellowships. The committee is made up of film producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, executives, agents, and producers.
Previous fellowship awardees include Mike Rich, writer of the upcoming movie “Secretariat;” Susannah Grant, Oscar-winning writer of “Erin Brockovich;” and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created and executive produces ABC’s “Castle;” along with Terri Miller, who is a writer-producer for “Castle.”
According to the academy’s website, “Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.”