Mumbai: Screenwriters Association (SWA) announced the first six winners of the Script Lab 2022 on Thursday. The winners will have new opportunities to work with prominent names in the industry, he said.
SWA announced Script Lab 2022 in September 2021 for feature film scripts, both originals and literary adaptations. This is a unique SWA platform where emerging screenwriters have the opportunity to be mentored by professionals.
According to a statement, SWA received six hundred and one registrations this year. “The top six winners were selected by a panel of filmmakers and mentors – Abhishek Chaubey, Alankrita Shrivastava, Sudip Sharma, Shakun Batra, Smita Singh and Vikramaditya Motwane,” he said.
The six best winning scripts include “13 Days” by Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy & Gaurav Krishna, “Kashi Kothi Ka Kul” by Akshay Asthana, “A Dinner at Khan’s” by Syed Shadan, “Meiktila” by Nimish Tanna, “Dev Dikshit” by Sandiip N Patil and “Kriya Karam” by Nipun Angrish and Gundeep Kaur.
SWA Events Sub-Committee Chair Mitesh Shah said that with the Script Lab, SWA aims to connect emerging screenwriters with prominent creators who have successfully navigated the industry with their distinct work. and help them frame their first drafts. “It was a truly humbling experience to select six scripts from six hundred entries through a rigorous and transparent selection process. We hope this helps them gain meaningful perspective on their drafts and simultaneously get their foot in the door,” Shah added.
“SWA is pleased to announce six writers sets with six complete scripts, mentored by six brilliant and acclaimed writers/directors. It’s a sixer. All the way,” said SWA President Robin Bhatt.
Congratulating the winners, SWA General Secretary Zaman Habib said, “With our first-ever Script Lab, we aim to nurture new writing talent by offering them the opportunity to meet writer-directors and mentor their scripts. SWA also plans to expand it in the future and provide these six winners with a platform to pitch their scripts directly to production houses through our upcoming Pitch Fest.
Habib also thanked the six mentors for supporting the initiative.