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Diversity Initiative Competition

The lack of diversity in Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national conversation for awhile now. At Roadmap, we want to do our part to help bring more diversity to the big screen (and the small!), and for us, that starts with the screenwriters.

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 improve her screenplays.

Each month, we will be selecting one diverse writer to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE. To apply for this tribute, please submit a one-page statement in PDF format highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.

**This program is for writers 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!

How to Enter

The deadline for entries is on the 21st of each month. Please email your submission in PDF format to with "Coletta Preacely-Garcia Diversity Tribute" in the subject line.

January 2019 Recipient: Gabriel Brugni

Gabriel Brugni is a film and TV writer hailing from a small town in the state of Bahia, Brazil. He co-wrote a season opener for the Emmy-nominated show O Infiltrado (History Channel Latin America) and worked as a story editor in Jon Cassar’s international co-prod Paradise Inc. He also penned the Portuguese audio descriptions for movies like The Shape of Water, Crazy Rich Asians and A Star Is Born.

He is one of the founders of Maquinário Narrativo, a Brazilian company that writes original and commissioned stories. After moving to the U.S. and graduating from USC’s MFA in Screenwriting, Gabriel now gives back by hosting script consultancy sessions at Festival Visões Periféricas, a film festival dedicated to supporting voices from underserved communities.

He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, and believes that being the favorite uncle of his nephews is a pretty sweet title to hold.

Past Tribute Winners

Ijaaz Noohu

December 2018

Amy Wang

September 2018

Jaclyn Chan

August 2018

James Moorer

July 2018

Harker Jones

June 2018

Felicia Felton

May 2018

Juan Francisco de la Guardia

April 2018

Brian O'Donnell

March 2018

Ziyad Saadi

February 2018

Larry Coleman

January 2018