Diversity Initiative Competition

February Winners!

Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens

Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens

Chloe studied Film a year abroad at Reading University in England, and later graduated from Rutgers University. She moved to NYC where she wrote and directed her own cable TV show on MNN, as well as a popular webseries. Later Chloe moved to Los Angeles, where her career lead her to work at: CBS, ITV, and assist directors and executive producers. In 2017, Chloe won BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY in the WESCREENPLAY DIVERSITY COMPETITION. Her script In One Split Second was also selected into the FILM INDEPENDENT FISCAL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM. In 2018, Chloe’s short script Glue Trap beat over 700 entries and was a finalist in the AT&T SHAPE writing contest; where part of Chloe’s short film was shot on Warner Brothers Studio Lot. In 2019, Chloe’s pilot Becoming Loud was a quarter finalist in THE FILM EMPIRE DIVERSITY MENTORSHIP CONTEST; and was recently announced as a finalist in this year’s SERIESFEST WOMEN’S WRITING COMPETITION.

 

Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel

Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel

Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel is a writer of drama, sci-fi, and comedy whose writing features characters of all walks in life. Her writing focuses on multi-cultural identity, young adults, relationship dynamics, and the law. 

Amena holds a Juris Doctorate from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, with a certification in the specialization of Intellectual Property Law and was selected into the Order of Barristers for exhibiting outstanding trial advocacy in moot court during law school. She also studied film at the University of Southern California’s summer film program during high school and then at ASU’s Herberger School of Film, with a B.A. in Film Studies. 

While interning at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, her short ballet film “Revolution” that she produced, choreographed, and composed the score for premiered at the Marché du Film. She most recently placed semifinalist in ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch competition for her one-hour drama pilot, Crystall Palace. Her The Good Place spec can also be found on Liz Alper’s #WGAStaffingBoost & #WGASolidarityChallenge writer’s grid. On the side, she produces and hosts her legal podcast, Legalease Podcast, which can be found on Spotify and Google Play. 

Each month, Roadmap selects one diverse screenwriter to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE!

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.

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!

How to Enter

To apply for this tribute, please submit in PDF format:

  1. A one-page statement highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.
  2. A scripted writing sample (Pilot or Feature).

The deadline for entries is on the 25th via the Submit with Coverfly link below.

Past Tribute Winners