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The BAYCAT Fellowship program exists to help young career creatives navigate the limbo in the film industry between graduation and elite film incubators.  


The program is a 12 week, paid hands-on training series for Bay Area creatives that provides aspiring screenwriters with workshops, writer rooms, and one-on-one mentorship to develop their ideas for a narrative TV series into a working concept. 


Throughout the program, the fellows will work personally and collaboratively to prepare a pitch bible, Website (press kit), and script/series outline.

At the end of the program, three Fellows will be chosen to pitch their ideas to three industry judges and a live audience at BAYCAT’s Pitch Night. 

BAYCAT's COVID policy: We care about the health and safety of our staff and fellows. N95, KF94, or KN95 masks will be required/provided for all in-person activities. This policy is subject to change at BAYCAT's discretion.

Applications are currently closed.

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Paid Worktime

The fellows will be paid for their time spent in workshops, the writer’s room, mentorship meetings, and personal work time. Fellows will be paid up to five hours a week. 


Fellows commit to participating in five hours of Fellowship activities each week. The exact schedule will be up to each fellow.

  • Workshops (2 hours, every other week). Workshops are mandatory

  • Mentorship (1 hour, every other week)

  • Writers’ Room (3 hours, every other week) Fellows are expected to participate in at least four writers’ room sessions. 

  • Personal work time (2-5 hours each week).


The workshops will cover a range of topics that will help each fellow bring their ideas to life!

Each session is designed to offer critical insights and practical skills for developing a narrative series. 

  • Storytelling for the Screen 

  • Character Development from the Inside Out 

  • What Do Content Developers Look For? 

  • The Art of the Pitch 

  • Networking for Narrative

  • Understanding the Festival Circuit 

  • Finding Funding for Film 

  • Creating the World 

  • Understanding the Creative Market 

Writers' Rooms

Every week BAYCAT will host a writers' room where fellows can share updates on their projects

and collaborate to bring their ideas to life. (Up to three hours a week)

1:1 Mentorship

The fellows will be paired with a mentor that will collaborate with them throughout their journey. Mentors will be guides throughout this process supporting the fellows as they build their pitches

and providing supplemental industry knowledge. (1 hour Biweekly)


Throughout the process, there will be many opportunities for the fellows to build community with their peers and industry professionals.

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