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Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Contact

8840 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-358-3273 (voice)
310-358-3272 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@screamfestla.com

Contact: Rachel Belofsky, Festival Director/Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Screamfest was formed in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution. Writers have garnered representation due to the festival.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/15/2017

Notification: October 5

Rules

  • Screenplays can be submitted online.
  • Online entrants can complete their application, make their credit card payment and upload a PDF version of their script.
  • Feature film script length should be at least 75 pages and not over 130 (there is no page limit).
  • We will notify screenplay finalists in October. The winning screenplay will be announced at the festival closing night awards ceremony.
  • The screenplay finalists will be announced in an email sent to you from Screamfest and posted on the front page of the Screamfest website in October.
  • Please add our email address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list so that any correspondence with Screamfest will not be blocked or filtered into your bulk folder.

Awards

Top 4 Finalist will receive:
  • Movie Magic Screenwriting software
  • A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
  • Publish your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers.
Winning Screenwriter will receive:
    General meeting with Blumhouse Productions
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Our amazing gold skull trophy
  • Movie Magic Screenwriting software
  • A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
  • Publish your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers.
  • SellAScript.com Total Script Express.
  • One Year free listing in SellAScript.com Script Marketplace.
  • Six month access to SellAScript.com Writers Rolodex.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Contact

8840 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-358-3273 (voice)
310-358-3272 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@screamfestla.com

Contact: Rachel Belofsky, Festival Director/Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Contact

8840 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-358-3273 (voice)
310-358-3272 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@screamfestla.com

Contact: Rachel Belofsky, Festival Director/Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

ScreamFest Names Contest Winner

Plum Island by Matthew Lee Blackburn has been named the winner of the 2016 ScreamFest Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 11/01/2016

ScreamFest Names Top Five Screenplays

ScreamFest has named announced their Top 5 Horror Screenplays for 2015.

Updated: 11/09/2015

Screamfest Names 2014 Contest Winners

Asylum by Michael Strode & Eric Wostenberg has been named the winner of the 2014 Screamfest Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 11/24/2014

2012 ScreamFest Results

Jeremy D. Christensen's The Gaslamp Horror has been named the "Best Screenplay" Winner of the 2012 ScreamFest Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 03/29/2013

ScreamFest Announces Contest Results

Hate Night by VJ & Justin Boyd has been named the winner of the ScreamFest Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 11/04/2009

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Contact

8840 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-358-3273 (voice)
310-358-3272 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@screamfestla.com

Contact: Rachel Belofsky, Festival Director/Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter R L Kienbaum

An interview with screenwriter R L Kienbaum regarding the Screamfest Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The script I’ve entered is a horror titled “The Unseen”. It’s the story of two estranged brothers who, while on a road trip through Canada, have an encounter with a creature of Native American legend.

After his brother is possessed by an ancient Indian spirit and escapes into the surrounding woods, Adrian, the protagonist, seeks the help of an outcast Shaman to save his bother’s soul and destroy the beast which is tracking them down.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I entered an original draft of this same script in the 2003 Screamfest LA’s screenwriting competition. I was attracted to the fact there was a contest aimed specifically at the horror genre. It came in second place that year – but I felt I could do better.

So I took another look at the script and made some cuts and edits, including an entirely new ending, and resubmitted it to the 2005 Screamfest LA competition as well as this year’s Script Magazine’s Thrills and Chills contest. I feel pretty good about this draft; it’s made the top 5 in this year’s Screamfest and will know exactly where I placed during the awards dinner in LA later this month. (The Thrills and Chills contest is still being judged)

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I have nothing but compliments towards Rachel and the staff of Screamfest. Any time I had a question or concern they were quick to respond either by phone or email. I would encourage anyone trying to get into the horror or thriller genre to check Screamfest out.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: For my 2003 submission, I paid a little extra for coverage. What I received was actually quite detailed and extremely helpful.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Actually, I was. Shortly after my placing in the 2003 competition I was approached by a producer who was working on two other projects at the time. We’ve been working back and forth on this project while he’s been finishing up two other pre-existing projects. I’ve been able to use my upcoming trip to LA for this year’s Screamfest to schedule meetings with a couple of managers/agents. They always seem more interested when they know your work has placed in a contest or two.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I’ve always had a passion for writing. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, I often spent the days writing short stories that were never really intended to go anywhere – just as a vent for my overactive imagination. I wrote a few stories in High School that attracted some attention from teachers and peers, but never anything professional.

Before I got into feature-length screenplays, I tried my hand at freelance teleplays, but never really felt comfortable with the format. So I took a class in screenwriting in Portland, Oregon and discovered that I liked it! I’ve been writing off and on ever since.

I have two short screenplays written, with one produced as a student film in London, England. My friend, who was directing, managed to get a decent cast together, including British film actor Simon Dutton to play the lead antagonist. I was excited to know that this respected actor was reading my lines – and even more excited to know that he agreed to it solely on the fact that he loved the script. You really can’t ask for more of a compliment than that as a writer.

I have anther completed screenplay, a sci-fi drama which covers the life of a young man with the ability to foresee a person’s destined life, and what happens to him when he decides to try to change fate, and am currently working on a new project as well.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Currently I do not live in LA. My wife (also a writer) and I live in Vancouver, Washington and am about to move into Portland, Oregon within the new year. With the technology of today, an established writer can live outside of LA and continue to work but as a freelance writer trying to build a career, I really think living in the LA area would be beneficial (if you an afford it). On that note, it is our plan to move into the LA area when we can.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am working on a sci-fi right now, trying to get a feel in different genres, and have a concept for a supernatural thriller waiting after that. It is my belief that, as a writer, you should always have more than just what you’re working on right now. Always have a few projects waiting in the wings. That way you’re never caught out when the producer, agent or manager asks you the all-important question “What else do you have?” You never want to be left floundering when sitting at a table discussing your ability to write when representation (or money) is involved. Always have something to pitch them.

I had heard that Mark Twain used to have several projects going on at once. If he ever became stuck or blocked in one, he’d put it aside and start or continue on another until he either became stuck in that one or he finally got the perfect idea for his initial story. I believe “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was written over a period of a year in this manner. I tend to follow the same philosophy with writing scripts – if I find myself blocked, I put it aside and work on something else until the fog lifts and that perfect idea comes.

Posted Friday, October 14, 2005
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