Created in 1989, The International Academy
of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has its own Constitution,
Officers and independent Board of Trustees.
Each year, The Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov
Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate
non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the
recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in
television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed
half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.
The award winner receives $2,500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November.
The 2016 Competition is now closed - Deadline was July 1, 2016.
The 2016 winner, from Australia, is C.S. McMullen for her script,
Catherine S. McMullen is a writer and film & TV professional, currently
living in Melbourne.
As a production freelancer, her professional credits include Syfy series Hunters and Childhood’s End, AACTA‐award
winning series Nowhere Boys, unscripted shows Real Housewives of Melbourne and
Formal Wars, and feature films Cut Snake and
Her fiction work has been published
in Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis
Magazine, and Interzone, and has been reprinted in anthologies such as ‘Year’s
Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013’ and ‘Focus
2013: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction’. Her short story ‘The Nest’ was nominated for an Australian Shadows Award from the Australian Horror Writers’
Association, and her short story ‘Monday‐child’ was voted
by Aurealis subscribers as ‘Best
Story of 2013’.
Catherine graduated in 2011 with a double degree in Arts (Film Studies)/Law from the University of Melbourne, on a full Melbourne National
Scholarship awarded to academic high achievers.
She is a life-long nerd and former MMO addict,
and enjoys books, TV, movies and games, especially if they’re
about robots or dragons (or possibly robotic
Previous Ustinov Winners:
2015 - Gabriel Bergmoser (Australia) - Windmills: Leo
2014 – Caitlin D. Fryers (Canada) Fealty
2013 – Rosy Deacon (UK) Shards
2012 – Sophie Petzal (UK) Sanctioned
Robert Goldsbrough (UK) The Forge
Jason Spencer (Australia) Spirits of the Past
2009 – Claire Tonkin (Australia) Me & Mine
2008 – Jez Freedman (UK) The Storyteller
2007 – Felicity Carpenter (Australia) Touching People
2006 – Nimer Rashed (UK) The Great McGinty
2005 – John Allison (UK) Distant Relatives
Caroline Doherty (South Africa) Passion Gap
Jo Kasch (Australia) Upstream
2002 – Howard Hunt (UK) Lie of the Land
2001 – Colm Maher (Ireland) True Story
2000 – Sylke Rene Meyer (Germany) Who is Anna Walentynowicz?
1999 – Glenn Weller (Australia) Beautiful Music
1998 – Tatyana Murzakova (Russia) Smile of the King
Special thanks to the 2016 Ustinov Jurors: