Adam Driver’s Arts in the Armed Forces launches$10,000 Screenwriting Award for Active Duty Military and Veterans with Nancy Meyers as Head Judge
Brooklyn, NY (September 1, 2020) – Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) announces the launch of its inaugural Bridge Award for Screenwriting: a $10,000 prize for an emerging screenwriter of exceptional talent within the United States military. The final winner will be chosen by Head Judge Nancy Meyers (Father of the Bride; Private Benjamin, It’s Complicated). Submissions open December 1, 2020 and will close on January 1, 2021.
The Bridge Award for Screenwriting is open to all persons who are currently serving or have served in the United States military, regardless of age, experience, or background. This Award will seek to identify and encourage talented screenwriters/filmmakers from the military community. First time screenwriters are encouraged to apply, and the Award is particularly interested in elevating and celebrating underrepresented voices and stories.
This Award was created as a cinematic corollary to AITAF’s successful Bridge Award for
Playwriting, a prize launched in 2018 in honor of AITAF’s 10th anniversary. The Bridge Award for Playwriting, currently in its third year of operation, has thus far recognized three Veterans who have written exciting and powerful winning plays: War Stories by Vinnie Lyman (U.S. Army Veteran); Tampons, Dead Dogs, and Other Disposable Things by Shairi Engle (U.S. Air Force Veteran); and Local Gods by Anton Sattler (U.S. Marine Corps).
The winner of the Bridge Award for Screenwriting will be announced on May 1, 2021.
Interested writers should visit http://aitaf.org/bridge-award-for-screenwriting for more information and official rules.
About Arts in the Armed Forces
Arts in the Armed Forces was founded by actor and Marine, Adam Driver, and actress Joanne Tucker, in 2008, and its mission is to use the powerful shared experience of the arts to start conversations between military and civilian, service member and family member, and the world of the arts and the world of practical action.
Its core program consists of contemporary American plays and monologues presented by theater-trained actors and actresses. Works are chosen that feature diverse themes, ages, ethnicities and experiences to create a complex and unique experience for the audience.
In 2018, arts programming expanded beyond live play readings to include film screenings and an annual award for military and veteran writers called The Bridge Award.
Importantly, after each of AITAF’s performances, the creative team interacts with the audience through a question and answer session as well as a more informal mingling period.
In 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, AITAF pivoted from live events to virtual film screenings, enlisting an artist to choose a favorite film and discuss it, via Zoom, with a military audience.
About Nancy Meyers (Writer/Director/Producer)
NANCY MEYERS is a trailblazing filmmaker who, as a first-rate writer, director and producer, has created a body of work focusing on the female experience with her exceptionally literate and sophisticated comedies. Tapping into the very heart of modern relationships, she chronicles women and men, at work and in love, in a singular fashion that makes each film instantly recognizable as a Nancy Meyers movie.
In 2020 Meyers was the recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s highest honor, The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
Meyers made an auspicious debut as a director—following two decades of successful screenwriting and producing—with the highly popular update of the Disney classic “The Parent Trap,” starring Dennis Quaid and Lindsay Lohan, which Meyers also co-wrote.
Meyers then directed the blockbuster romantic comedy “What Women Want,” starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, which enjoyed critical acclaim and an international box-office success. For his role, Gibson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor—Musical or Comedy.
In 2003, Meyers wrote, directed and produced “Something’s Gotta Give,” starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, along with Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand and Amanda Peet. Both Nicholson and Keaton received Golden Globe nominations for their performances and Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. Keaton was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Erica Barry in the film.
In 2004, Meyers received the ShoWest Director of the Year Award. She is the first woman ever to receive this prestigious honor.
In 2006, Meyers wrote, directed and produced “The Holiday,” starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. The comedy was another hit at the worldwide box office.
With 2009’s “It’s Complicated,” Meyers wrote, produced and directed an all-star cast in a comedy about love, divorce and everything in between. Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, “It’s Complicated” earned three Golden Globe nominations, for Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Picture. The film was a box office hit worldwide.
In 2015, Meyers wrote, directed and produced "The Intern," a comedy about a new kind of bond between men and women—friendship. The film stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway along with a multi-generational cast and was a hit at the worldwide box office.
Most recently, Meyers joined forces with her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, to produce Meyers-Shyer’s directorial debut, “Home Again” (also scripted by Myers-Shyer), a sophisticated and modern romantic comedy starring Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon.
As a writer/producer, Meyers’ first film was the groundbreaking “Private Benjamin,” starring Goldie Hawn, which Meyers produced and co-wrote with Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller. Released in 1980, the film bucked conventional wisdom at the time, which dictated that a female lead could not open a movie without a male star. The story of a pampered young woman who joins the Army, “Private Benjamin” became a huge hit domestically and internationally. The screenplay earned Meyers the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, and the film earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Goldie Hawn was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. After the success of “Private Benjamin,” Meyers co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed “Irreconcilable Differences,” followed by “Baby Boom,” starring Diane Keaton; and the box-office hits “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride Part II,” both of which starred Steve Martin and Keaton.
Executive Director, Arts in the Armed Forces
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