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Screenplay Festival
15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
United States
424-248-9221
info@screenplayfestival.com
screenplayfestival.com

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator
Description: Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this "chicken and egg" problem. By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality — not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together — Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.
Objective: Screenplay Festival was established to solve two major problems:

Problem Number One:
It is simply too difficult for talented writers who have no “connections” to gain recognition and get their material read by legitimate agents, producers, directors and investors.

Problem Number Two: Agents, producers, directors, and investors complain that they cannot find any great material, but they will generally not accept “unsolicited material.” This means that unless the script comes from a source that is known to them, they will not read it.

The competition’s categories ensure that a truly wonderful script is not punished or ignored because it is in a genre that does not usually win awards. There is no limit to the frustration experienced by the writer who commits the crime of writing “fun” or “likeable” material. It always seems to be “important” films that win the accolades. In reality, people love dramas, but they also love comedies, family movies, action pictures, thrillers and horror flicks. Writing for a fun genre should not forbid a writer from having their talents acknowledged.

Importantly, there is no limit set upon the number of Honorable Mentions in each category. When designing Screenplay Festival, its founders considered having five honorable mentions per category – but what if there were seven family scripts that deserved to be made and nine action scripts that would rock a director’s world? For this reason, any script that is deemed worthy of making it to the screen by Screenplay Festival’s judging committee wins an Honorable Mention in its category.

It is with these policies that Screenplay Festival greatly assists legitimate agents, producers, directors and investors. By allowing them to view the Grand Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions from each category, Screenplay Festival goes out of its way to get winning scripts into the hands of professionals who will make something happen for that script.

Simply put, filmmakers with the resources to complete films know that they want to make a romantic comedy, a horror film, or a family movie. Screenplay Festival provides them with a source of quality scripts for them to choose from that is categorized in ways that are most useful for them.
Eligibility: Any
Entry Fee: $35-$50
Type: Screenplay, TV Scripts
Promotes: Specific Genres
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By:
Start Date: 12/1/2018
Submission Deadlines: 7/31/2019
Winners Announced: October 15, 2019
Year of Origin: 2002
Rules: Screenplay Festival has established the following rules for the competition:

All writers of submitted material must be 18 years or older, including co-authored material.

Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for Screenplay Festival. Any award won by a co-authored script will be divided evenly among the writers listed on the entry form.

Screenplays that are currently optioned or have been produced are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival.

Screenplays must be the original work of the author.

Screenplays adapted from other sources that were written by other authors (such as but not limited to books or plays) are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival, regardless of the source author’s permission.

Screenplays adapted from other sources that were written by the author of that source are eligible to compete in 100 Screenplays.

Screenplays adapted from source material that is in the public domain are eligible.

Submissions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.

Screenplays must be submitted in English.

A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each script submitted.
Prizes and Awards: Cash:
Movie Scripts: $500.00 Grand Prize in each category.
Television Scripts: $500.00 Grand Prize in each category.

Honorable Mention winners do not receive a cash prize.

Recognition:
Every Grand Prize winning contestant will receive the following prizes from sponsor InkTip.com.
An e-mail announcement about their winning screenplay to approximately 6,500 industry professionals.
Placement of at least the scripts logline and synopsis on InkTip.com’s password protected web site. Grand Prize winners may also place their treatment and/or script.
InkTip.com will include a logline (pitch) for Grand Prize winning screenplays in their printed publication, which is snail-mailed to approximately 5,000 Industry Professionals.

Even More recognition:
Every Grand Prize Winner and every Honorable mention winner in each category will be put in contact with the production companies, agents, and managers who reach out to Screenplay Festival on a regular basis. These contacts happen for years after a script becomes a Screenplay Festival Winner.

Award Certificate - at a LIVE EVENT!
Every Grand Prize Winner and every Honorable Mention winner in each category will receive a personalized 8.5″ x 11″ Screenplay Festival certificate. There will be a ceremony in Los Angeles for all winners to receive their certificates and/or Prize Money. Those who cannot attend will have these things mailed to them.

 


 

 

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