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Outfest names writing lab fellows

Adam Baran, Rosie Haber, J Michael Feldman, Pete Mercurio and Julia Dwyer Sullivan have been selected for this year’s 2013 Screenwriting Lab, now in its 11th year and set to take place in June.

The workshop is backed by a grant from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and will include sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events.

Outfest executives said 2013 had already been an “extremely successful” year for scripts mentored through previous Screenwriting Labs.

Former fellows and their works that have premiered at festivals in the year-to-date include Yen Tan whose Pit Stop [pictured] screened in Sundance, George Northy’s G.B.F. in Tribeca and Doug Spearman’s Hot Guys With Guns, the closing night film at the Miami Gay And Lesbian Film Festival.

“The fellows selected for the 2013 Outfest Screenwriting Lab have written fresh, exciting LGBT stories that depict the complexity and beauty of LGBT lives,” said executive director Kirsten Schaffer. “The lab mentoring process has helped dozens of writers hone their craft and I am very proud of the three films that premiered at film festivals this year originally developed through the Outfest Screenwriting Lab.”

The Writers Guild Of America (West) will host a panel ‘All About Outfest’ on Jun 4.

Outfest will announce the complete line-up for 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival on Jun 6.

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