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From Sufragette & Straight Outa Compton to Inside Out, Carol and Trainwreck, discover, download and read 18 scripts by female screenwriters of films running for the Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and major awards in the 2016 award season, made legally available for educational purposes by production companies and film distributors.

Find the DVD/VOD release dates of some of those movies on The Hollycal – The Calendar Of Films and TV Directed & Written by Women

Discover the scripts of Frozen, Gone Girl, Bridesmaids and many more on Read 26 Screenplays of Award-Nominated Films by Female Writers & Directors – 2015-2012

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Inside Out
Co-written by Meg LeFauve


After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Inside Out
Written by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
Story by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Oscar Nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Written by Phyllis Nagy


An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

Written by Phyllis Nagy
Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Oscar Nomination for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

The Danish Girl
Written by Lucinda Coxon


A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The Danish Girl
Written by Lucinda Coxon based on the novel by David Ebershoff
Director: Tom Hooper

Infinitely Polar Bear
written by Maya Forbes


A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.

Infinitely Polar Bear
Written by Maya Forbes
Director: Maya Forbes
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky

I Smile Back
written by Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman


Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption.

I Smile Back
Written by Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman
Based on the novel I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman
Director: Adam Salky
Stars: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
written by Marielle Heller


A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Written by Marielle Heller
Based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner
Director: Marielle Heller
Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig

Find The Diary of a Teenage Girl on the 10 Films In Competition Directed By Women To Discover At Sundance

Learning to Drive
written by Sarah Kernochan


As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.

Learning to Drive
August 4, 2013 revised draft script
Written by Sarah Kernochan
Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer

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written by Emma Donoghue


After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Written by Emma Donoghue
Based on her eponymous novel
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
Oscar Nomination for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Mississippi Grind
co-written by Anna Boden

Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.

Mississippi Grind
March 3, 2014 draft script
Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry

Find Mississippi Grind on the 17 Features, Documentaries & Film Premieres By Female Filmmakers To Discover At Sundance>

Testament of Youth
written by Juliette Towhidi


A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I – a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Testament of Youth
April 21, 2014 draft script
Written by Juliette Towhidi
Based on the autobiography of Vera Brittain
Director: James Kent
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton

written by Abi Morgan


The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Written by Abi Morgan
Director: Sarah Gavron
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter

Find Abi Morgan on the Hollywomen Screenwriters Board
Find the screenplays of The Invisible Woman, The Iron Lady & Shame by Abi Morgan on the Read 26 Screenplays of Award-Nominated Films by Female Writers & Directors – 2015-2012

Straight Outta Compton
co-written by Andrea Berloff


The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Straight Outta Compton
Written by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff
Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Oscar Nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay

written by Amy Schumer


Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Written by Amy Schumer
Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson

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Mistress America
co-written by Greta Gerwig


A lonely college freshman’s life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister.

Mistress America
Written by Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach
Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Nat Baldwin

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The Keeping Room
written by Julia Hart


Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.

The Keeping Room
December 16, 2013 draft script
Written by Julia Hart
Director: Daniel Barber
Stars: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington

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Man Up
written by Tess Morris


A single woman takes the place of a stranger’s blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

Man Up
Written by Tess Morris
Director: Ben Palmer
Stars: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Olivia Williams

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99 Homes
co-written by Bahareh Azimi


A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

99 Homes
Written by Bahareh Azimi, Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

Son of Saul
co-written by Clara Royer


In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

Son of Saul
Written by Laszlo Nemes & Clara Royer
Director: László Nemes
Stars: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn

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