Lillian is an Academy Nicholl finalist screenwriter specializing in character-driven stories inspired by true events. Her first job as a teenager was in a movie theater, sparking a lifelong passion in creating other worlds ever since and while pursuing careers in business, international affairs, cybersecurity and law. Her diversity of life experiences enriches her writing and drives the complexities in her characters and their journeys.
Lillian honed her craft through professional screenwriting programs at UCLA and New York University. She read scripts at Miramax Films in New York and Gold Circle Films in Los Angeles. Her earlier scripts earned recognition in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Telluride, and Creative Screenwriting Contest.
Lillian grew up in Northern California but currently calls New Jersey home. When not writing, Lillian is streaming shows and movies, writing short stories, traveling, researching new ideas and finding inspiration by reading news, biographies, historical fictions and classics. Her favorite places to be are with her miniature poodle Jasper, on a beach and basically anywhere with a cup of coffee and her MacBook Pro.
The lack of diversity and representation in Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national conversation for a while now. At Roadmap, we want to do our part to help bring more diversity to the big screen (and the small)! For us, that starts with the screenwriters.
Winners will also receive a 30 minute call with Daniela Gonzalez, literary manager at Circle of Confusion. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the industry and learn how you can best position yourself for success.
Lastly, winners will also be invited to participate in a free “Real Talk with Nita” session via Zoom with Roadmap's Access Programs Coordinator, Adquanita Curtis, and an industry executive of color. During this candid session you will be able to chat with Adquanita about your specific goals, and needs, as a writer of color and how we here at Roadmap can best help you achieve these goals. There will also be a guided Q&A session with the guest executive!
That's why we are proud to sponsor the Roadmap Writers Diversity Tribute!
We launched this initiative in memory of Roadmap Writer Coletta Preacely-Garcia, who passed suddenly in 2016. Coletta was an extremely hardworking writer who was always working to better her craft, tirelessly writing, rewriting, and taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her to gain skills, make connections, and polish her screenplays.
Who should apply? This program is for diverse screenwriters with at least one completed original Feature or TV Pilot who are ready to tackle the marketing aspect of their career and start getting their work out there!
To apply for this tribute, please submit in PDF format:
The deadline for entries is on the 25th via the Submit with Coverfly link below.
Kayona Ebony Brown
Lori Beth Crawford
Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens
Aimiende Negbenebor Sela
Juan Francisco De La Guardia