At FiLMLaB, the experiment is you!

Tuesday night. You're in your pajamas, streaming the latest season of MASTER OF NONE. Or GILMORE GIRLS. Or--no judgement--POWER RANGERS: TURBO. About four episodes in, the "Keep Watching" box pops up. If it has been one of those weeks, click the button.

But if you've ever wondered what it is like being on the end of a television show, then this might be your year.

FiLMLaB, Willamette Writers Script to Screen Contest, is heading into its sixth year, and this year we're making some changes.


At FiLMLaB the winner is awarded the ultimate prize: getting their script made into a professional-quality film. But this year, inspired by our desire to see more winners involved in the final product (and by our own Netflix binges), we decided to take the contest to the next level.

This year, FiLMLaB is going to make a pilot for an episodic web series.

Don't know a thing about writing for TV? Don't have an idea for a show? We will help with that. The program will include a "Writing for Television 101" bootcamp, then we'll open for submissions and will select a winner and a writers room.

The winner will get the opportunity to workshop their own webisode concept into a pilot. The runner ups will work together with the winner in a "writer's room" led by a real-life, industry show runner to polish and focus the concept. Together, they will write the final pilot that will be shot by FiLMLaB.

Meet Showrunner F.J. Pratt

F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy; “Ellen,” the “coming out” season; and ABC’s “Less Than Perfect.” For three years, he was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. F.J. has developed shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Dreamworks, Imagine Entertainment, and Disney. For the past five years, F.J. has been an adjunct professor at the John Wells Division of Writing for the Screen & Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and now F.J. has agreed to lend his talents to become FiLMLaB’s first “showrunner.”

Win and F.J. will coach you to a final product.

Announcing Kickoff Workshop of with Randall Jahnson.

The Kickoff Workshop of will be online and FREE. Spots are limited, so sign up now.


So, go ahead. Watch that next "Shadow Rangers" episode. But if you're ready to bring your own TV vision to life, click here to get involved.

Complete rules and guidelines for FiLMLaB are coming soon. Join us on our Facebook page to stay up-to-date.

From the FiLMLaB Blog

Script to Screen 2014 Winner Announced!

By Ruth Witteried | March 31, 2014

Congratulations to our top five finalists in Willamette Writers’ 2014 FiMLaB competition! As a recap, our finalists are: BEK by Elisa Graybill MIDNIGHT KISS by Xavier Chavez SIX MONTHS OF WONDER WOMAN by Susan Fleming TIME PIECE by Michael Meyers UNWELCOME GUESTS by Jon Dragt Our Hollywood judges read and evaluated each script and chose…

Top Five Finalists for 2014 FiLMLaB

By Ruth Witteried | March 24, 2014

While we wait to find out who our Grand Prize Winner will be for the 2014 Willamette Writers FiLMLaB competition, you might be interested in learning more about our top five finalists:   Xavier Chavez is a screenwriter that has been active in a local screenwriters’ group and volunteering with the Willamette Writers’ Conference. He is experimenting…


By Ruth Witteried | March 23, 2014

Luke Ryan, a perennial favorite at the Willamette Writers Conference is now CEO. Check it out:   Fortunately for us, Luke loves Willamette Writers and will once again be joining us this August at the Doubletree Hotel. Is your project right for The Alchemists? Find out at the conference!

FilmLab Finalists Chosen

By Ruth Witteried | March 17, 2014

Congratulations to all who submitted their short scripts into the 2014 Willamette Writers FiLMLaB Competition! Our first round judges had their work cut out for them! But in the end, they were able to narrow it down to these top five finalists (in alphabetical order): BEK by Elisa Graybill MIDNIGHT KISS by Xavier Chavez SIX MONTHS OF WONDER WOMAN…

Film Track Crew Pulls into Portland’s Lloyd Center Station

By Jenny Schrader | March 15, 2014

Welcome to all who are here to explore their options in film, whether you want to take film classes from some of the best talent Hollywood has to offer, or are gearing up to pitch to LA executives who can turn your script into a movie. We have it all at the 2014 Willamette Writers…

FiLMLaB Update

By Ruth Witteried | March 15, 2014

Monday we’ll make our announcement with the names of the TOP FIVE FINALISTS. Our LA judges will read and rank these top five scripts. Film Chair Mary Andonian will personally contact winners to let them know when they will hear from Film Production Coordinator Jackie Blain (who will provide production notes) and Ampersand Productions. (Director Christopher…

FiLMLaB Competition is now Closed!

By Ruth Witteried | March 4, 2014

Winner and finalists will be notified by early April. Thanks to all who entered, and good luck!


By Ruth Witteried | February 25, 2014

FiLMLaB’s Script to Screen Competition Closes at Midnight, March 1, 2014. Thanks to all of you who came to the Open House last Feb 8 to check out our set location. Whoever wins the FiLMLaB script to screen competition will have his/her script filmed at the Willamette Writers’ Cynthia Whitcomb House in West Linn! Contest Closes this…

FiLMLaB Open House Postponed to Feb 16

By Stefan Feuerherdt | February 8, 2014

Due to this weekend’s Snowpocalypse in the Portland area, FiLMLaB’s Open House at the Willamette Writers Cynthia Whitcomb House has been rescheduled to NEXT SUNDAY, Feb 16, from 2 to 5pm.  So, please come out NEXT WEEK to tour the “set” for this year’s FiLMLaB winning short film, grab some snacks, chat with our director Christopher…

FiLMLaB Open House

By Jenny Schrader | January 16, 2014

On Sunday, February 9th, 2014, from 2-5 pm, Willamette Writers and Ampersand Productions will host an Open House at the Cynthia Whitcomb House for Writers. This will give all of our screenwriters a chance to visit the site where the FiLMLaB Script to Screen Competition will be filmed. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the individual writing…