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Vetted Material: The Black List

The Black List is a platform for film and TV writers to showcase their screenplays for industry members and get their work evaluated by professional readers.

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"The Black List, to some extent, lays bare the fact that if you take great scripts, and make them into movies, you have a better chance of delivering a financial return."
Franklin Leonard
Founder, The Black List, and ReFrame Ambassador

Since 2005, each December, the Black List releases its annual list, a survey of the most liked unproduced screenplays of that year. The annual lists are aggregated using votes from film executives working in the film industry.

The annual lists have included such Oscar winning films as I, TONYA JUNO, THE KING’S SPEECH and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

At its heart the annual Black Lists are meant to shine a light on extraordinary screenwriting, some of which may have been overlooked more broadly.

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Movies made from the Black List make 90 percent more revenue in the box office than non-listed films with similar budgets, according to a recent Harvard Business School study.

In addition to the Annual Black List, The Black List partners with a number of advocacy organizations and non-profits to release additional annual lists highlighting the best unproduced scripts from underrepresented writers.

These include The CAPE List, highlighting API writers, The Muslim List, in partnership with MPAC and Pillars, The GLAAD List for LGBTQ writers, The Latinx List, and more.

View the list of lists HERE, and check out our Development ReSources for direct links to content.

Visit The Black List Website HERE.

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