It’s not a liberal fiction that Hollywood is biased against the advancement of women. It’s an infuriating fact, bolstered by personal stories of cruel and senseless gatekeeping. But the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is doing their bit to fight back for minorities seeking creative representation in film and television. As part of the $5 million in the city’s budget dedicated to strengthening diversity in media, MOME—in conjunction with IFP and the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema—presents the Made in NY: Series Competition, which calls for pilot scripts by or about women, set in NYC.
According to IFP:
Two winners each will receive a $15,000 cash grant and have their scripts developed into pilots by Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema students. The pilots will air on NYC Media, the official broadcast network of the City of New York, with the possibility of going to series.
MOME Commissioner Julie Menin declared (via No Film School), “We are focused on increasing access and opportunities for women writers, as well as written work about women and their shared experience. This screenwriting competition will provide up-and-coming writers with a key opportunity to have their work viewed by millions of New York City residents.”
Simply put, this is a major opportunity for aspiring writers out their to make their own Broad City, Girls, Sex in the City, 30 Rock or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Because females are strong as hell, but a leg up is appreciated when the odds are against you.
Get your squad, script, and series bible together ASAP. The deadline for submission hits December 16th.
Kristy Puchko now has the Kimmy Schmidt theme in her head on a loop for the next week.