Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40

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Exciting news over the weekend. As a female writer, I wish this screenwriting lab didn’t have an age specification, but I think the idea is an excellent one. More information about the screenwriting lab can be found on the New York Women in Film & Television website. The deadline is June 1, so get moving, Ladies!

Here’s what Variety had to say about Streep’s new screenwriting lab:

Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers.

The creation of the lab, and Streep’s involvement in its founding, was announced Sunday at a panel discussion presented as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Called the Writers Lab, the screenplay development program aims to increase opportunities for female screenwriters over the age of 40. This year the initiative will accept submissions May 1-June 1, with eight winning scribes named Aug. 1.

Among the mentors to participate in the Lab’s inaugural year are writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”), producer Caroline Kaplan (“Boyhood”), and writers Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde”) and Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On”).

According to NYWIFT, Streep ponied up a “significant” contribution to fully fund the Lab. The actress has been a longtime supporter of NYWIFT.

More at Variety.

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