The Black List is about to shine a spotlight on Muslim screenwriters. The organization, which highlights unproduced screenplays, has partnered with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau and Pillars Fund for the 2020 Muslim List. Muslim screenwriters have until Dec. 4 to submit their unproduced screenplays and original pilots for list inclusion consideration.
“Historically, Hollywood’s depictions of Muslim characters have been far less than ideal, and typically often fail to include the full, beautiful spectrum of the community, a failure that has material consequences for Muslims around the world,” said Black List director of community Kate Hagen in a statement. “At a time when narrative storytelling is more important than ever in changing hearts and minds, The Black List is thrilled to partner with MPAC and Pillars Fund to shine a spotlight on fantastic Muslim storytelling, and hope this partnership is the first of many more to come.”
Writers who are interested must identify as a Muslim; writing teams are eligible as long as one member identifies as Muslim. The writers can be from any country, though they must currently reside in the United States. The scripts can be multilingual but should be primarily in English. Writers selected for the Muslim List will be notified in January and February 2021.
In addition to the Muslim List, the Black List is taking submissions for its first ever Indigenous List (the deadline is Sept. 27), for scripts authored by Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native Film artists. It is also taking submissions for the Disability List, with a deadline of Sept. 18.
The Black List was founded in 2005 as an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. Since its inception, more than 400 Black List scripts have been produced, winning 54 Academy Awards. The Black List also hosts a script database on its site, where writers can make their work available to readers, buyers, and employers. The database currently contains 3,000 scripts by nearly 2,700 writers.