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    Screenwriting Competitions, Opportunities & Announcements

    If you want to post an announcement about an upcoming competition, seminar, etc. this is the place.

    Please include useful details like the name of the competition and who's running it, deadline dates, etc.

    Here are some links to screenwriting competition databases which AW members should check out before submitting to any competitions you don't recognize:

    moviebytes.com
    filmmakers.com
    creativescreenwriting.com
    withoutabox.com

    Feel free to let me know about other competition databases and I'll post them here, too.

    The filmmakers among us might want to check out the new thread in Share Your Work's Screenwriting forum: Watch my movie! (post links to your online videos/trailers here) (password = vista)

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    Silver Screenwriting Competition

    Sponsored by The Script Department and Jim Mercurio, The Silver Screenwriting competition has a goal like no other: to provide the Grand Prize winner with something more valuable than mere cash – a beneficial and memorable experience. PLUS access and industry exposure. With cash and prizes totaling $10,000, The Silver Screenwriting Competition is proud to provide an opportunity for aspiring writers to not only network but to enjoy an experience that will inspire and fuel their writing for a long time to come.

    Deadlines -
    • Early Bird Deadline, 12am May 1st, 2008 - $45
    • First Deadline, 12am June 1st, 2008 - $50
    • Final Deadline, 12am July1st, 2008 - $55
    Grand Prize -
    • $2500 in cash
    • Round trip flight to Los Angeles
    • 2 nights at the Farmer’s Daughter hotel
    • A pitching session with Stephanie Palmer of Good in a Room
    • A day of meetings with 3 managers
    • Breakfast with the Script Department
    • Cocktails at the Chateau Marmont with Save the Cat’s Blake Snyder
    For more information, check out the competition website.

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    Short Scene Competition

    On my blog, The Rouge Wave, we sponsor one page short scene competitions every few weeks. We usually give away $25 gift certificates to AMC theaters or somesuch - it's just fun and the guidelines are silly.

    This time we have something pretty neat to give away and it's a free pass to The Great American Pitch Fest, June 20-22, in Burbank, Ca. For writing a very clever one page short scene. The cost to submit is nothing, of course, we do this for fun.

    Go to The Rouge Wave to check out the submission guidelines, rules, etc. The deadline is May 1st. On May 7th, I will post the top three semi-finalists and the blog's readership will determine the winner. Ballot box stuffing is frowned on, so please, if you come vote on the 7th, we're looking for vim, verve and great execution, now how many friends you have.

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    Early Bird Deadline: May 1st, 2008

    If you haven't taken advantage of the early bird deadline for the Silver Screenwriting Competition, you aren't too late. Submit by May 1st and get $5 off the regular entry fee.

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    The Tenth Annual Nashville Screenwriters Conference
    If you can only attend one conference this year, consider the Tenth Annual Nashville Screenwriters Conference (NSC) held on May 30-June 1 at the Union Station Hotel. The NSC is famous for providing unique opportunities to network with some of Hollywood's top executives, producers and writers. NSC 2008 will feature the Music in the Movies panel, which allows songwriters to view scenes from upcoming film and television projects and submit songs for consideration, an advanced screening of HBO's newest mini-series, Generation Kill and face-to-face dialogue with writers from ABC's hit drama, Grey's Anatomy. The weekend culminates in a Silver Screen Party, which features world-class songwriters in the round. Past performers include Jimmy Lauderdale, John Hiatt, Kim Richey, and Mindy Smith in an intimate setting. Attendees have said it's one of the best conferences in the nation. For more information and ticket prices,
    Visit: www.nashscreen.com
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    Early Bird Deadline: June 1st, 2008

    Hey everybody - just a reminder that if you submit to the Silver Screenwriting Competition TODAY by midnight, you are still eligible for the early bird submission fee but it gets better - everyone who submits before today is over is eligible for a drawing to win a FREE attendance at Jim Mercurio's Killer Screenwriting class in LA in June plus a free copy of Pilar Alessandra's On the Page dvd. That's a prize worth over $1,200.

    Because this is a new competition, we don't have the thousands of submissions that the bigger competitions have. What that means for you is that the odds are quite good at the moment. The final deadline is July 1st but take advantage of the savings - and the prizes - today.

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    Slightly tweaked the name of this thread. This is still the place to post all of your competition announcements but it's also a place to post anything involving yourself of interest to other members. An interview, a newspaper piece, a signing, an appearance or, that you're going to be on a TV show. About cats.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Night
    I'm sure this will get moved to the SHAMELES SELF PROMOTION THREAD, but I thought I would let you know that the entire Rainy Night clan (including Fluffy the cat) will be appearing on Animal Planet on July 5th - 9:00 AM.
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    Silver Screenwriting - Deadline Draws Nearer!

    Hey everybody - the Silver Screenwriting Competition has pushed our deadline up to July 3rd, 2008.

    If you enter your script between today and June 16th, you will be eligible to win a free pass to the Great American Pitch Fest on June 22nd. That's a prize worth $350 just for submitting your script within the next 5 days.

    In addition, we have added a bonus to our grand prize. Ryan Condal, Script Department client extraordinaire, will meet the Grand Prize winner for lunch to discuss the recent six-figure sale of his spec script GALAHAD. Hear straight from the horse's mouth what it takes to sell a spec in Hollywood and hear all about what happens next.

    That's ON TOP of the prizes already available: $2,500 in cash, a round trip flight to Los Angeles, accomodations, a free session with the queen of the pitch, Stephanie Palmer, a day of 3 meetings with 3 managers and cocktails at the Chateau Marmont with Blake Snyder.

    Enter TODAY

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    Academy Award Nominated Writer

    The grand prize for the Silver Screenwriting Competition just shot through the roof. As of today we have confirmed that an Academy Award nominated screenwriter of one of the most critically acclaimed feature films of the past two years will be having lunch with our grand prize winner at the Ivy in Beverly Hills. Due to contractual obligations, I cannot print his name quite yet but believe me, I am totally starstruck.

    The deadline to enter the competition is July 3rd. Enter TODAY for a chance to win this amazing luncheon and so much more:

    $2500 in cash
    round trip flight to Los Angeles
    two nights accomodations
    a free pitching/coaching session with Stephanie Palmer
    a day of 3 meetings with 3 managers
    cocktails at the Chateau Marmont with Blake Snyder

    - and more!

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    ABC*Disney TV/Feature Writing Fellowship 2009

    Begun in 1990 in partnership with the Writers Guild of America, west, this has become one of the industry’s best known and most respected writing fellowships. More than 200 alumni number among Hollywood’s elite, including screenwriters, directors and television showrunners. A limited number of full-time fellowships are available each year for both feature film and television projects.

    Fellows receive a weekly salary for a one-year period, subject to change, but (currently amounting to $50,000/year plus benefits). The program is an intensive, hands-on experience that involves workshops, seminars and mentorships with creative executives from ABC, ABC Television Studio, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Lifetime and Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group.

    No previous professional experience is necessary, but strong samples are required.

    Deadlines for entry are late July/early August. Go here for more information.
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    Can I get some clarification here? Are you merely informing us? Or, are you (clockwork, it seems the answer is obvious with Julie Gray, I think) personally endorsing posted contests? In other words, do you have personal experience with the Silver Screenwriting Program? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    No, I have nothing to do with the Silver Screenwriting Program. This thread is where anyone can post details of competitions, seminars, announcements or anything that might be of interest to other members or promotes a sense of community (like Rainy being on TV ) I posted the link to the Disney fellowship after hearing about it online and because I thought someone might want to apply. Sounds like a good opportunity.
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    Silver Screenwriting Deadline TODAY

    Hey everybody - this is it. Deadline is midnight, pst or you turn into a pumpkin. Or maybe that's me

    Don't forget, we have added to the grand prize, lunch with an Academy Award nominated screenwriter of one of the most critically acclaimed feature films in 2006.

    Submit TODAY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork View Post
    This thread is where anyone can post details of competitions, seminars, announcements or anything that might be of interest to other members or promotes a sense of community (like Rainy being on TV ).
    YES YES YES !!! DON'T FORGET

    Rainy Night & Co. will be on ANIMAL PLANET'S

    HOUSECAT HOUSECALL

    Saturday July 5th @ 9:am and repeated again on July 6th @ 7:am (Pacific Standard Time)

    (Please check your local listings)

    Watch my cat Fluffy get dressed up by my kids and attack a camera man!

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    Deadline Extension: July 15th

    The Silver Screenwriting Competition will still accept scripts through July 15th, 12 midnight, PST. If you didn't quite make the July 3rd deadline, you still have 8 days from today. You could be the one enjoying putting over two thousand dollars in the bank, having lunch with the Academy Award nominated screenwriting of one of 2006's most critically acclaimed feature films, having a day of three meetings with three managers and enjoying cocktails at the Chateau Marmont with Blake Snyder plus much, much more!

    Submit HERE!

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    (the website is vague but I think this one is UK submissions only)

    2008 RED PLANET WRITING COMPETITION

    Following last year's success, we are now calling for submissions for our second annual writing competition.

    The winner of this year's competition will receive:

    * A £5000 prize
    * Representation by a leading literary agency
    * A script commission from Red Planet Pictures.

    Runners up will have the opportunity to be mentored by the Red Planet team.

    Budding writers should send in the first ten pages of a 60 minute pilot script with television series potential. The entry should also include a one-page outline about the series.

    The first ten pages of a script are the most important. It's in those first ten pages that you have to grab your audience. The series outline should give us a flavour of your own unique voice as well as an idea of your vision for the series.

    There are no guidelines or restrictions in terms of genre or subject.

    The deadline for entries is September 30th 2008.

    Go here for more...

    http://www.redplanetpictures.co.uk/news/index.html
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    BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops: London, NYC, Chicago, Rochester, Toronto




    UPCOMING BLUECAT WORKSHOPS: London, NYC, Chicago, Rochester, Toronto


    THE TEN PAGE WORKSHOP
    The TEN PAGE WORKSHOP will consist of 10 writers each submitting ten pages of a work in progress in advance. We will go over each work individually, discussing the specific, unique challenges each writer is facing on the page. This discussion will include the technical aspects of description and dialogue, the depth and reality of the characters, and how the ten pages reflect where the entire story goes.

    The intimate, focused interaction with fellow writers in the workshop will provide all with a greater understanding of the work that lies ahead on their screenplay, and more importantly, a detailed sense of how they might develop as writers themselves.


    THE ART OF SCREENWRITING
    Writers will engage in writing and pitching exercises designed to flesh out new ideas or rework existing scripts. Please bring your laptops and/or paper and pen.

    If each person is indeed unique, it follows simply that each writer is unlike any other, and can write a story no one else on Earth can. This purpose is the mission of this workshop.


    REGISTER NOW: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshop



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    Less than 12 Hours Remaining

    Hi Absolute Writers! The Silver Screenwriting Competition is winding down. Tonight at midnight PST is the final, final, FINAL deadline. Withoutabox extended the deadline for their discount package members. If you are not a WAB member, you can still submit at a higher rate.

    $12,000 in prizes including:

    $2500 in cash
    round trip flight to Los Angeles
    two nights at the Farmer's Daughter
    breakfast with the Script Department and Ryan Condal, recent six-figure spec sale writer
    a free coaching session with Stephanie Palmer of Good in a Room
    a day of meetings with 3 managers
    cocktails at the Chateau Marmont with Save the Cat's Blake Snyder
    -and more -

    Enter TODAY and catch the quickly waning deadline!

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    Short Competition

    www.skyehyeproductions.com/contest

    Skye Hye Writing Competition

    This is an International Competition
    Short Script Competition
    Scripts of all genres all accepted. Scripts must be 30 pages or less. * Note some leeway is given on script length, which is determined by the judges.

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE
    This festival goal is to help writers get noticed for there work. We know how hard it is to get people to read your scripts, especially people who matter. We will help promote, not only the winners of the competition, but also all submissions we consider to be great works. Whether young, old, new, or seasoned this is the writing competition for you.

    ABOUT THE Competition
    This is a competitive writing competition.
    ORGANIZERS:
    Skye Wilson

    GENERAL RULES
    Official Rules

    No entrant may have earned money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay for more than $50,000.

    Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery by Skye Hye Productions, will disqualify the applicable entrant.

    The rights to the submitted screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

    Employees of Skye Hye Productions and its affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible.

    Screenplay submissions should be in the U.S. Motion Picture industry standard screenplay format and approximately 1-30 pages in length. Submissions should be written in the English language.

    Screenplay submissions must be the original work of the applicant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced for which the writer does not own rights.

    Entries may be adapted from the applicant's original work, works in the public domain, and from works to which the author owns all film rights—this should be noted in the entry form. If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted in the entry form.

    Under no circumstances will substitutions of corrected pages or new drafts of submitted screenplays be accepted.

    Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

    Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should be selected as the prime contact for all mailings. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the award equally.

    The selection of the winner will be made by the Judge.

    The winning script will be produced.

    The winning and top-ten finalist screenplays will be announced on or around January 1, 2009.

    Submissions for the EARLY DEADLINE should be submitted online no later than August 15, 2008. Submissions for the REGULAR DEADLINE should be submitted online no later than October 31, 2008.

    An entry fee of US$15 (for early deadline) or US$20 (for regular deadline) must be paid by at the time of script submission.

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    Screenplay Competition -- $20,000 First Prize

    First, thanks to Chris for including Creativescreenwriting.com among the important screenwriting database sites.

    Second, our currently open Expo Screenplay Competition (named for the Screenwriting Expo, http://screenwritingexpo.com, at which the prizes are awarded) has a first prize of $20,000 cash. Total cash prizes are $34,000, including 4 $2500 genre prizes, and total of all prizes is $95,000+ and rising. One of the in-kind prizes is management by Andrew Kersey, who just emailed us a couple days ago that our 2004 winner of his prize has his movie shooting now, and invited us to the set. Early-bird submission deadline ($45 for a feature) is Aug 15, after which the entry fee rises $5. See http://screenwritingexpo.com/screenp...tion.2008.html for contest details. Sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine, 6404 Hollywood Blvd Suite 415, Hollywood CA 90028, (323) 957-1405. I am Bill Donovan, publisher of Creative Screenwriting, in case you need to know who "Screenwriting" is on this board.

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    Filmaka Script Writing Competition

    Come to Filmaka.com for the next big step in your career. Filmaka is proud to announce an exciting new contest for Scriptwriters/Filmmakers. Tell your own Mustang story - and submit a script for a short film based on that story. 20 winners will be selected to produce their films with a $5000 budget. Nine winners will be selected and given an additional $5000 in prize money. The deadline for submitting your scripts is August 26, 2008. For more details log on to http://www.filmaka.com/competition.p...etition_id=268


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    THE BLUECAT SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP COMES TO NYC!

    THE BLUECAT SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP COMES TO NYC!

    In keeping with its mission to serve the undiscovered screenwriter, the Bluecat Screenwriting Competition offers screenwriting workshops to directly support the writers of our community in a personal, focused setting.

    Led by Gordy Hoffman, the BlueCat workshops focus on the written work of the writers, examining their immediate story concerns and overall screenwriting craft. All technical, commercial and artistic aspects of screenwriting are addressed.

    The TEN PAGE WORKSHOP has participants submitting ten pages from an existing script or work-in-progress. We review all elements of story on display in the ten pages, along with the technical aspects of effective screenwriting as craft. All discussions eventually lead to an analysis of the entire screenplay arc. Workshop is limited to 10 and runs all day.

    Both the new and experienced screenwriter can participate. We welcome all levels of experience!

    Cost: $145
    Sept 6th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sept 7th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Space is limited.

    To register, please visit http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshop

    Workshop Location:

    Epiphany Theater Company
    154 Christopher Street - Suite 2B
    New York, NY10014

    Bio of Gordy Hoffman
    Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with his script A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, going on to screen at the Milan Film Festival and the historic George Eastman House. Recently, the movie won the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in NY. Gordy is the founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Dedicated to develop and celebrate the undiscovered screenwriter, BlueCat provides written screenplay analysis on every script entered. He currently teaches screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

    Questions? Please email workshop@bluecatscreenplay.com

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    SHORT SCRIPTS REQUIRED BY ESTABLISHED PRODUCTION COMPANY

    Pretzel Films (www.pretzelfilms.com) are offering fantastic opportunity for aspiring Screenwriters. We are looking for well-executed short film scripts with the view to realizing the film next year.

    At this stage we are asking applicants to submit a 150-word synopsis briefly outlining their story. We will then shortlist 25 applicants who will be required to submit their full script and from which, the winner will be chosen.

    We are particularly interested in the drama genre and we ask that the scripts not exceed 10 minutes in length.

    (Please note that due to high volumes of entries we are unable to offer feedback on synopses.)

    Please email andrea@pretzelfilms.com with your synopsis, a covering letter and contact details.

    The deadline for submissions is 19/09/08

    Good luck.

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    Dark Window Film Scripts Wanted

    Dark Window Film are looking for scripts both shorts and features for no budget projects to shoot in Ireland this Autumn. This opportunity may suit a new writer.

    Please email scripts to kathyhorgan@darkwindowfilm.com, also include a synopsis.

    Cheers
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