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Established in 1988, the USC Libraries Scripter Award is an honor bestowed annually by the Friends of the USC Libraries in recognition of the best adaptation of the printed word into film, and is given to both the author and screenwriter. By honoring the literary artistry and collaborative process of turning a book into a screenplay and ultimately into a film, this unique award acknowledges the full spectrum of the writers' creative process.
The award is presented at a black-tie gala each spring on the University of Southern California campus in the beautiful Los Angeles Times Reference Room of Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library. The Scripter ceremony provides visibility and support for the USC Libraries. Dozens of cinematic adaptations are eligible each calendar year for the Scripter Award.
Foreign-language releases are not eligible for the USC Libraries Scripter Award. Eligible works are reviewed by a committee comprised of Writers Guild of America Members, Academy Award-winning and -nominated screenwriters, authors, film industry executives, faculty, and select members of the Friends of the USC Libraries. This selection committee narrows down the year's eligible films to five nominees and then chooses that year's best adaptation of the printed word into film.
Scripter's proceeds support the USC Libraries' services, collections, and programs that inspire and inform the achievements of our faculty, students, and staff.