Since 1989, Greg Beal has administered the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program and is currently its director. Prior to joining the Academy, he coordinated a variety of programs at the AFI and taught film and screenwriting at Syracuse University. Beal has written several screenplays on assignment, has written and directed several short films, and was the recipient of a WGA East screenwriting fellowship. He attended film graduate school at UT Austin.
Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. Participants submit a feature length screenplay and entry fee via an online application during the open submission period. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.