Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 1/28/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


JANUARY 31 — SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP Regular Deadline — $69


JANUARY 31 — SAVE THE CAT! — Regular Deadline — $135

 


JANUARY 31 — INROADS FELLOWSHIP — Regular Deadline — $20



JANUARY 31 — ROAD TO NEW REPUBLIC FEATURE COMPETITION
 — Late Deadline — $75


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Coverfly Inside Look: Sun Valley Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab

By | Contests, Inside Look, Interview

The mission of Sun Valley Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab is to connect screenwriters with mentors who can help share their story. Steve Gaghan secured an agent for their first finalist and alter a writing gig. David Seidler helped a finalist get representation and co-wrote a project with him. Will McCormack has mentored a few finalists, and the latest success is the screenplay was made into a film and is at Sundance this year. Recently, Chris Moore helped sell the winning script from the year he was a judge. We recently had the opportunity to ask Emily Granville, the Lab and Fellowship Manager at Sun Valley Film Festival, a few questions. See her answers below.

What’s one unique piece of advice you’d give to writers who enter your contest?

Less can be more. Let the reader fill in some details. Then they become more invested in your story.

What’s the best thing writers can do if they place in, but don’t win the contest?

All finalists are included in parties and mentored. Take advantage of an intimate and accessible festival that supports the creation of film and celebrates the power of storytelling to challenge our way of seeing the world.

When a writer wins, what can they expect from you and your contest? And what can writers do to be best prepared for capitalizing on a win?

Beyond the mentor connection and inclusion at the festival, I personally am involved with the writers and continue to try and get their script in the hands of someone who will appreciate it. Just last week I sent the pilot that won last year to a studio looking for edgy thrillers. Fingers crossed!

Are there any special elements of the script your readers are looking for that you can share?

I try and pair readers with scripts they might like. Certain readers love Sci-Fi, others don’t. The scripts that tend to rise up do not take too long to get going. Today, attention spans are shorter, so as a writer, keep that in mind. You can develop characters, etc., once you have a reader hooked.

What does your reading process look like and who are your readers?

As I mentioned, I try and match scripts with readers who are interested in the genre. We have a tiered system of readers, writers, journalists, agents and producers. And the script is covered by multiple people. At the end, we meet and fight for the scripts we want in the top three.

Why is your contest valuable to writers?

The experience of the Sun Valley Film Festival – whose goal is to support up and coming filmmakers – is invaluable. I am really proud of the Lab’s success rate for the finalists and winners. In the past 6 years, 7 former finalists and winners have landed a writing job, gained management, or sold a script.

Do you think entering contests is a good path for all aspiring writers?

Yes, but getting out and meeting the community behind film making is so important. Mark Duplass, when he hosted the Lab, urged networking at film festivals. Get together with a filmmaker and make a short.

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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 1/21/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


JANUARY 21 — ROADMAP’S DIVERSITY INITIATIVE COMPETITION — Final Deadline — FREE

 


JANUARY 25 — HOLLYSHORTS SCREENWRITING COMPETITION — Early Bird Deadline — $35


JANUARY 25 — FILM EMPIRE’S DIVERSITY MENTORSHIP FOR SCREENWRITERS — Regular Deadline — $35


JANUARY 31 — SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP Regular Deadline — $69


JANUARY 31 — SAVE THE CAT! — Regular Deadline — $135


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 1/14/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


JANUARY 15 — SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL — Regular Deadline — $65


JANUARY 15 — FILM PIPELINE SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Pre-Register Deadline — $25


JANUARY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS COMPETITION Early Deadline — $45


JANUARY 15 — CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS — Late Deadline — $59


JANUARY 25 — HOLLYSHORTS SCREENWRITING COMPETITION — Early Bird Deadline — $35


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 1/7/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


JANUARY 7 — SCRIPTAPALOOZA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $45


JANUARY 15 — SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL — Regular Deadline — $65


JANUARY 15 — FILM PIPELINE SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Pre-Register Deadline — $25


JANUARY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS COMPETITION Early Deadline — $45


JANUARY 15 — CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS — Late Deadline — $59


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Coverfly Inside Look: Shore Scripts

By | Contests, Inside Look, Interview

Shore Scripts‘ main goal is to discover new exciting screenwriting talent and boost careers. They put each year’s best scripts into the hands of their industry roster – all of whom have the experience and means to get your script made. We recently had the opportunity to ask Justine Owens, the Director of Contests at Shore Scripts, a few questions. See her answers below.

What’s the mission of Shore Scripts Contests?

Simple really. Shore Scripts was founded to kick-start screenwriting careers. We are extremely proud that our screenplay contests have helped 60+ writers gain representation, option, sell, and have their screenplays produced.

What’s one unique piece of advice you’d give to writers who enter your contest?

Writers should not be afraid to get feedback on their script, and this especially applies before submitting to a contest. A second-pair-of-eyes is invaluable in helping a writer hone his/her craft. 

What’s the best thing writers can do if they place in, but don’t win the contest?

Some might say go back to the script and try a rewrite. But personally, I think they should take a moment to celebrate their success. Shout aloud and proud to everyone that will listen. The old saying goes, success breeds success. Advertising your achievements and referencing them in your approaches to new writing opportunities can make all the difference in whether you make the right first impression. It’s also worth noting that we send many QF & SF scripts out to our industry roster, so just because a writer didn’t win, it doesn’t mean their work won’t be sent out.

When a writer wins, what can they expect from you and your contest? And what can writers do to be best prepared for capitalizing on a win?

At Shore Scripts things start happening for writers before they win. Our award-winning Judges read for the final round, which is an amazing opportunity for writers to share their work. Then, once the finalists are announced, we ask their permission to send their script to our amazing roster of 150+ industry professionals: producers, agents, managers, and directors all looking for new voices and new talent to work with. We advise our writers to ensure they know their story back to front, and to be ready to pitch other scripts they’ve completed in case they are asked ‘what else do you have!’ Be accessible and ready to respond when opportunity knocks. We stay in contact too. As our writers’ projects develop, we’re always happy to share their success and help advise if they have any questions. We’re with our writers for the long-haul.

Are there any special elements of the script your readers are looking for that you can share?

Does the writer have an original voice? That’s a huge thing and so hard to master. We are looking for scripts that we can’t put down! Stories with an emotional hook that comes from the writer’s heart. It’s also essential that a writer knows how to format a screenplay correctly. The more ‘white space’ on the page the better! 

What does your reading process look like and who are your readers?

We read for every stage of our competitions – that can be up to four individual assessments. We take our reading process very seriously and welcome resubmissions as we know that writers like to improve their drafts over time. Our readers are extremely experienced. They’ve read for the likes of Universal, Lionsgate, Working Title, Zoetrope, and the BBC, to name but a few. Our Judges read and decide on our overall winners. 

Why is your contest valuable to writers?

Our contest is valuable to writers because we are offering a gateway into the film industry. Placing in our contests offers an outstanding opportunity to get your script into the hands of industry insiders who can make a difference. A look at our Alumni is a testament to that. We also finance short films, which is another avenue to help our writers.

Do you think entering contests is a good path for all aspiring writers?

It’s hard to say if it’s right for every writer. Only they know the answer to that. But by entering a contest like ours, a writer is giving themselves an opportunity to be discovered. If their script connects with us, we have the means of getting it into the hands of over 150 Industry Professionals.

When does your next competition open?

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund reopens January 15th, 2019, and our FEATURE and TV PILOT contests open 1st March. You can follow Shore Scripts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 12/17/18

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week!

 


DECEMBER 21 — WESCREENPLAY FEATURE CONTEST – (free feedback with every entry) — Final Deadline — $85


DECEMBER 30 — SCREENCRAFT FAMILY CONTEST — Final Deadline — $69



DECEMBER 31
 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST Pre-Register Deadline — $35 – $50 and $40 – $50.


DECEMBER 31 — NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $30 – $50


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 12/11/18

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week!

 


DECEMBER 15 & 16 — SCREENCRAFT CINEMATIC BOOK CONTEST & SHORT STORY CONTEST — Final Deadline — $79 & $59


DECEMBER 15 — ROAD TO NEW REPUBLIC FEATURE COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $60



DECEMBER 15
 — SCRIPT PIPELINE GREAT IDEA CONTEST Regular Deadline — $35



DECEMBER 15 — SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
 — Early Deadline — $50


DECEMBER 21 — WESCREENPLAY FEATURE CONTEST – (free feedback with every entry) — Final Deadline — $85


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 12/3/18

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week!


DECEMBER 5 — BARNSTORM FEST — Last Minute Deadline — $65 – $75


DECEMBER 15 — ROAD TO NEW REPUBLIC FEATURE COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $60


DECEMBER 15 — SCREENCRAFT CINEMATIC BOOK CONTEST — Final Deadline — $79



DECEMBER 15
 — SCRIPT PIPELINE GREAT IDEA CONTEST Regular Deadline — $35



DECEMBER 15 — SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
 — Early Deadline — $50


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 11/13/18

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week!


NOVEMBER 15 — ROAD TO NEW REPUBLIC FEATURE COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $45


NOVEMBER 15 — ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Extended Deadline — $70 – $90


NOVEMBER 16 — FiLMLaB.TV — Final Deadline — $30 – $40


NOVEMBER 23 — THE FILM EMPIRE’S DIVERSITY MENTORSHIP FOR SCREENWRITERS Black Friday Deadline — $15



NOVEMBER 30 — LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION
 — Final Deadline — $95


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