There are dozens of screenwriting competitions, but which screenplay from among the winners of all of these quality competitions is the best of the best?
The Contest of Contest Winners hopes to answer that question and shine the spotlight on many accomplished, award-winning screenplays in what amounts to a definitive last shuffle of an elite pack.
All entrants will receive Two Expert Evaluations from writer-judges on their scripts (coverage and score sheet typically valued at $250.00)
Notification: March 1, 2013
A. A completed and signed Entry Form and Release of Liability/Contest Contract.
B. Proof of your success in a previous Contest, including contact information (name, email and/or phone, maybe a document) at that Contest. Check the ever-changing Qualifying Contests page. From the last 5 years, winners and even some quarterfinalists qualify.
C. One copy of an original feature film screenplay, approximately 90-130 pages in length. Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.
If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page. Collaborative work, undertaken by no more than two writers, is eligible. Collaborative screenplays written by three or more writers are not eligible. Separate application forms should be submitted by both collaborators. One should be designated the prime contact for all mailings.
The applicant's name should not appear on the cover, the title page or any other page of the script.
Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by any entrant or entrants. Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplays be made after submission.
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or nonfictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced. Entries may, however, be adapted from the applicant's (or applicants') original work, which should be noted on the application form.
The Winner gets $500 and Story Notes from industry expert ($500 value) and a scholarship to Gary Shusett's Sherman Oaks Experimental College class with A-list writers and actors.
The top ten finalists will receive: Paid publicity for writer and script on the Internet, The latest software from Final Draft.
All entrants will receive Two Expert Evaluations on their scripts (coverage and score sheet typically valued at $250.00)
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Beyond the Horizon by George Ferris has been named the winner of the Contest of Contest Winners.
Beyond The Horizon
In the 1920's, taken in by his childless uncle and aunt in rural Pennsylvania, a 15-year-old orphan finds his passion for airplanes fueled by a maverick pilot at a nearby airfield, who's secretly giving him flying lessons. The airfield closes, the pilot takes off to compete in a highly publicized trans-Pacific air race ... and the boy makes a life-changing decision to follow, only to discover the pilot has been hiding dark secrets about his past.
(In Alphabetical Order)
Anatomy of a Town
The discovery of a dead woman in the wintry small town of Chippewa Heights sets the Chief of Police on a murder investigation made more complicated by his recent short-lived affair with the victim. Uncovering a host of suspects, he discovers a long-hidden secret explaining the killing and a web of deceit stretching back decades. DreamWorld
Plagued by nightmares, 13 year-old Julie wakes one night to find herself in Slumberia, a strange world where screenwriters and movie crews create and film the very dreams that terrify her. Collecting a motley group of unlikely friends, Julie must figure out a way to escape Slumberia or face being trapped in those nightmares forever.
John Edward Flynt
Wealthy African-American shipping magnate Marten LeBron enjoys a quiet semi-retirement in Mississippi until a terminally ill friend insists he keep his promise to track a long-missing daughter. Traveling incognito to Miami, Marten encounters casual racism, danger and even his estranged brother, while uncovering the plight of refugees -- past and present - caught in the lucrative world of human trafficking.
Of Kings And Concubines
Ronald L. Ecker
A king falls in love with a peasant girl, and it almost brings down the kingdom. But not just any king in this farcical version of King David and the woman he thinks is Bathsheba.
The Patriot Act
Steven C. Oppenheimer
A Secret Service agent, on trial for assassinating the President, realizes on the witness stand that before answering to the jury he must first answer to himself: Was firing the fatal bullet a crime or an act of conscience?
Growing up in group homes taught Dana-Sue to trust no one. Now a receptionist in a University Psych Clinic, she's drawn to the most brilliant grad student, 10 years her senior, who is tormented by vivid flashbacks of combat in Iraq. Whip-smart with amazing intuition about patients, she looks like a biker chick but he looks like trouble -- neither will ever be the same.
Say Goodbye To Boris
Tom Ziegler & Tony Ziegler
Stanley Mulcahy is bored, too bored to even wonder why. Could be his mind-numbing grocery business, his shallow wife, his life sentence in a dull Chicago suburb. Then a letter arrives that jolts him awake and as he relives a night two decades ago with the mysterious woman who called him, "Boris," he resolves to answer the impossible question: "Is it too late to go back and start again?"
There Is a Season
When a suicide bomber detonates his bomb on a Jerusalem street it sets two very different families, one Israeli, one Palestinian, on a collision course of unimaginable tragedy. Then a long-lasting snowstorm blankets the region with a sense of peace, and unexpectedly, there may be reason to hope.
Uncle Hoppy and The Pecos Kid
Prickly, estranged half-brothers Carson and Thane haven't spoken in 50 years when an accident to a grandchild forces them together to deal with the boy's recovery. Complicating matters is The Pecos Kid--an inept but eager Guardian Angel - who shows up to help them become a family again.
An interview with screenwriter George Ferris regarding the Contest of Contest Winners Writing Competition.
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