The United Film Festival Screenwriting Contest, now in its third year, is an opportunity for the United Film Festival to continue to grow our expansive United network and provide a forum for those who often get overlooked in the world of film production - "the screenwriter." The United Film Festival screens cutting-edge independent films and highly acclaimed classic movies with the audience in mind in six unique cities -Los Angeles, New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tulsa.
After ten years running successful filmmakers in these cities, our commitment to bringing together talented filmmakers and screenwriters from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a “United” showcase of creative energy and talent, has extended to our Screenwriting Contest. We are commited to providing opportunities for our large and constantly growing network of filmmakers through outlets including our distribution division, United Films. As of 2012, United Films acts as a sales representative for over 50 independent titles, many of whom are United Film Festival alumni or former submitters.
Our Screenwriting Contest calls for short and feature scripts in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, and Horror/Thriller. We will announce three finalists in each category (Feature-length Drama, Feature-length Comedy, Feature length Horror/Thriller, Short Drama, Short Comedy, Short Horror/Thriller) in April 2013 and winners will be announced and honored at the United Film Festival - Los Angeles in May 2013.
Notification: March 29, 2013
All submissions must be original, unproduced works. Short Screenplays are 45 pages or less. Feature-length Screenplays are over 45 pages.
Please be advised that PDF submissions are highly preferred. We can make exceptions to accept hard copies, which can be sent to the address below.
You may also choose to purchase Script Coverage on your submission, which offers more in-depth analysis on your submission, including an evaluation of Originality, Story Structure, Characterization, Dialogue, and Mechanics. Coverage is sent via e-mail 90-120 Days after the Notification Date of the contest.
Make check or money order payable to Connell Creations, Inc. and send all materials to:
United Film Festival - Screenwriting Contest
P.O. Box 360556
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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