The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. To that end, we are unveiling an exciting new partnership this year with JuntoBox Films who will be awarding a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash and a $50,000 production grant to the winning feature script. JuntoBox Films’ goal of producing films and finding writers with innovative and interesting stories is a great fit with what Slamdance strives to achieve.
We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in our eighteenth year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and filmmakers. We've established a strong track record through our competition successes and are committed to continuing our pursuit to champion outstanding new work.
Our competition consists of four categories. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category. In addition to that, JuntoBox Films and Slamdance will present the new Grand Prize for the best feature length screenplay.
|Deadline||Date||Entry Fee||Days till Deadline|
|Early||March 25, 2013||$50 (Feature/Horror)
|Regular||May 13, 2013||$60 (Feature/Horror)
|Late||June 25, 2013||$70 (Feature/Horror)
|WAB Extended||July 2, 2013||$70 (Feature/Horror)
Coverage Fees: (in addition to the submission fees):
Standard Coverage (within 2 months): +$75
Express Coverage (within 21 days): +$115
September 18th 2013 - Announce 100 Category Quarter-Finalists
September 25th, 2013 - Announce 32 Category Semifinalists
October 2nd, 2013 - Announce 12 Category Finalists and 20 Grand Prize Finalists - In no particular order
October 8th, 2013 - WGAW Party for Finalists and Semifinalists - Category Winners and Grand Prize Winner Announced
A total of $19,000 will be awarded to the winners this year.
Slamdance Grand Prize by JuntoBox Films: $10,000 cash and $50,000 in production funds for the best feature length screenplay regardless of category.
The winner of the Feature, Horror, and Original Teleplay/Webisode categories will receive $3,000 each.
The winning Short screenplay will have an option to be produced and screen at Slamdance 2014.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2014) The top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.
The winning Short and winning Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP (T-shirts, beanies, etc.).
The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.
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The Bloodline, written by Sneha Koorse, has won the 2012 Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize. Sneha was awarded $8,000 in cash prizes for her original teleplay at an awards ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild Of America, West last night on October 3, 2012. It's the first time a teleplay has won Slamdance's Grand Prize.
The Bloodline tells the story of seventeen-year-old Lucy who can't get away from her overprotective parents fast enough. But what she doesn't know is they're protecting the world from her.
Slamdance recognizes four categories in its Writing Competition and has established a reputation for finding production worthy screenplays. Each winner receives additional cash prizes, or in the case of best short screenplay, the option to be produced and premiere at Slamdance 2013.
The top three Slamdance screenplays in each prize category are as follows:
1. Chump by Jasmin Tekiner ($2,000 Cash prize, plus a certificate for legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP)
2. The Third Sex by Sheila Sawhny & Dee Johnson
3. Call me Luke by David Carren
1. The Unraveling by Tobin Addington ($2,000 Cash prize)
2. Purge by David Christopher O'Neill
3. The Decent Man by Scott Robert Waldvogel & Matt DeMartini
1. La Mime by Marjorie Cohen & Alan Kininsberg (Option to be produced and premiere at Slamdance 2013, plus a certificate for legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP)
2. Ethan and Ian by Katrina Albright
3. Glare by A. Rouveyrol
1. The Bloodline by Sneha Koorse ($3,000 Cash Prize plus $5,000 Grand Prize, for $8,000 total Prize Money)
2. Breaking News by Mark Hefti
3. Nurse Jackie - "Jesus Rx" by Bisanne Masoud & Tal Gonzalez
Writers Guild of America, West Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, "The WGAW joins Slamdance in supporting emerging writers, and those whose work is made with an economy of means. Slamdance's annual Screenwriting and Teleplay competition has always found writers of talent, and provided them with opportunities to expose their fine work to the larger community."
Director of Slamdance Operations Summre Garber said "It is never an easy task to go through as many submissions as we are honored to get to find the top twelve scripts. The Slamdance readers and I would like to congratulate these twelve writers for making it to the finals. We are excited about your works and seeing where you go next."
The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition is sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West and Pierce Law Group, LLP. Slamdance received nearly 2,500 submissions for the Writing Competition, which strives to bring attention to the most talented emerging screenwriters and introduce them to the industry. Previous competition-winning screenplays that were acquired for production include Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, Tim Boughn's Neo Ned, and Nancy Kissam's Drool that will be theatrically released by Strand. Last year's winner Jug Face, written by Chad Kinkle, completed production this year and was directed by the script's author. The 2010 winner 100 Bloody Acres written by the Cairns brothers was also produced this year.
The success of the Slamdance Writing Competition over the past sixteen years and the writers it has discovered continues to attract the attention of industry professionals searching for the best new independent writing talent. As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. The Slamdance 2013 Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-24, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance still lives by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance is proud to count among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including such cinematic luminaries as Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Oren Peli, Lena Dunham and Benh Zeitlin. New filmmakers and writers today realize that Slamdance is a place to launch their careers.
An interview with screenwriter Will Hartman regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.
An interview with screenwriter Andrew B Smith regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.
An interview with screenwriter Amir Ohebsion regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.
An interview with screenwriter Gary Miner regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.