Independent has officially announced their top 10 picks for their 2013 Screenwriters Lab which will be mentored by Robin Swicord (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia).

The top 10 picks for the latest batch of fellows will include:

Struggling to escape his crumbling family life, a closeted Korean-American teenager follows his desires and finds more than he bargains for at the Korean spa.

Seemingly together, type-A Emily becomes obsessed with trying to “save” mentally ill Jacob, but in the process of helping him get better, begins to psychologically unravel herself.

A veteran discharged after a spontaneous act of violence struggles to reorient himself to home town life and must face emotional scars resulting from a sexual assault he experienced in the military.

An extremely smart boy from the Midwest moves to the projects of North Carolina and learns that there is a high price for trying to fit in.

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Three elderly male friends who meet daily at a neighborhood diner, find that 70 is the new 40 as they deal with friendship, new love, sickness and fatherhood, making it hard for them to retire from “Life.”

A Muslim daughter struggles with the divisions between her passion for dancing and the will of her family.

After her sister’s fatal back alley abortion, Teresa, a bright, but naive 1960’s college student, joins “Jane,” an underground group who break the law and risk their lives to help women find access to safe abortions.

Varenya, a South Indian Hindu priest, accepts a young apprentice and is forced to question the doctrines of his religion.

Jamie and Jackie is the story of a small time thief who lives the life of a ghost until the day he’s invited to play a strange game with a woman he meets at a hotel.

When a seasoned war correspondent is executed in a fancy Nairobi suburb, his 29 year-old lover is forced to confront corrupt politicians, Somali extremists and her own demons, in order to expose the conspiracy behind his death.


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