Established in 1997 as a screenwriting competition, the Outfest Screenwriting Lab has become the cornerstone of Outfest’s education and creative development programming.
As the arts, media and entertainment organization celebrates its 40th anniversary and the Lab its 25th, Outfest has expanded the program with the support of partner Netflix, waiving submission fees for all applicants and providing grants to each of the screenwriters selected to help support them financially.
“Everyone knows that a great movie, a great series, a great story starts with the script,” said Outfest executive director Damien S. Navarro. “Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Screenwriting Lab was Outfest’s first foray outside of our namesake festival. The expanded partnership with Netflix allows us to further extend the reach and impact of this announced program.
This year, 10 LGBTQIA+ screenwriters will participate in the week-long intensive lab. The program takes place virtually in October, making it accessible to storytellers around the world.
There, fellows receive one-on-one mentorship from top showrunners, studio, and network executives, as well as writers who offer professional development, scriptwriting support, and insight into the latest industry trends. . The 2022 list of mentors includes: showrunners Jaclyn Moore (“Dear White People,” “Queer as Folk”), Alvaro Rodriguez (“Seis Manos,” “American Rust”), Micah Schraft (“Mrs. America”) and Mikko Alanne (“The Long Way Home”); writers Eduardo Cisneros, Chuck Hayward and MW Wilson; frames. Manny Jaquez, Bianca Quesada, David Ruby, Andrew Wang and Julie Waters; and industry representatives Biz Hurst, Clifford Murry, Cora Olson and Martin To.
The partnership between Outfest and Netflix is part of the streamer’s Creative Equity Fund, an effort to help create more opportunities behind the camera for underrepresented communities within the television and film industries.
“Working with Netflix to provide additional financial support for creators, whether it’s removing the financial barrier to applying or providing grants to each of our Screenwriting Fellows, helps us further the mission of Outfest to empower LGBTQIA+ storytellers,” added Outfest’s artistic director. Faridah Gbadamosi. “We’re excited to continue nurturing the next generation of Hollywood storytellers.”
Applications for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab are now open.
HBO Max releases ‘Father of the Bride’ remake trailer
HBO Max has released the first trailer for “Father of the Bride,” the new romantic comedy starring Andy Garcia.
The film is the third adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel “Father of the Bride”, which previously served as the basis for film versions starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, in 1950, and starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, in 1991. Each incarnation follows the story of a father who is caught off guard when his daughter unexpectedly announces her engagement to her recent boyfriend and struggles to cope with stressful wedding preparations.
The most recent “Father of the Bride” focuses on a Cuban family, with Garcia playing the titular father, Gloria Estefan playing his wife Ingrid, and Adria Arjona playing their daughter Sophie. Diego Boneta plays her fiancé Adam, while Isabela Merced and Chloe Fineman round out the cast. Gaz Alazraki is directing from a screenplay written by Matt Lopez. The film was produced by Garcia, Jesse Ehrman and Ted Gidlow, with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Paul Michael Perez producing.
“Father of the Bride” premieres on HBO Max on June 16. Watch the full trailer below.