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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

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P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

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Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

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Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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Objective

Every story has a beginning. Every realized dreamscape, every fantastic voyage, every intelligent android to ever appear on screen starts with blank page or a blinking cursor. Science fiction has always been about incredible possibilities and exploring the unknown, and what offers more opportunity than an empty page?

Other Worlds is dedicated to fostering and promoting creativity in Science Fiction at every stage of development, so we are proud to announce our annual SciFi Screenwriting Contest is now currently open and accepting submissions! The contest runs concurrently with the film program, and will award prizes for the top feature, short or teleplay.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early April 1, 2017 Features/TV/Shorts: $40/$35/$30
Regular July 31, 2017 Features/TV/Shorts:$50/$45/$35
Final September 30, 2017 Features/TV/Shorts: $70/$65/$45 45

Other Worlds Austin does not offer waivers under any circumstances. Our fees simply pay for the awards and the costs of running the contest (not eve). We understand the financial hardship of being a screenwriter and costs of submitting to competitions and have kept our fees low in order to allow the most number of entries as possible. We hope you can find it in your budget to submit your screenplay.

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Rules

Scripts must not have been produced, optioned or sold prior to December 1, 2016.

All entrants certify to the originality of the entered script, or in the case of Specs and Retro-Specs, the originality of their handling of the material. Entrants warrant there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. Entrants fully indemnify Other Worlds Austin and its agents against any claim made for such violations of law.

Scripts must be works of Science Fiction, no horror or fantasy themed scripts will be considered. Hybrid genres (SciFi Horror ala Aliens/Event Horizon/etc.) are perfectly acceptable.

In the event of shared authorship, all writers will share prize money equally. It will be up to primary entrant to communicate all notices and divide all prize money with the other writers.

Entrants may submit more than one screenplay/teleplay in any chosen category, as well as enter different scripts in different categories. Each script entry requires a separate application and fee. All entries and payment must be made through the Festival Freeway website, no cash or check payment will be accepted.

Once an entry has been made, we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

All scripts will be judged as entered, no revisions will be accepted.

All scripts must be entered as .pdfs. No physical copies.

All scripts must be in English.

No supplementary material should be sent. No show bibles, treatments, or reality show formats will be accepted for the Teleplay competition.

Consulting can only be done on winning scripts. No substitutions.

By entering the script in the competition, the entrant is agreeing to all rules and regulations of the competition. Entrant agrees to hold Other Worlds Austin and its agents harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any script.

Entrant gives Other Worlds Austin the non-revokable right to use your name and the script title, synopsis, and short excerpt (no longer than 10 pages) in our marketing materials in perpetuity.

Please register your script. Although this is not a requirement, it is highly suggested. The only true protection for a writer in any dispute is a proper registration with the US Copyright Office, this is in addition to any registration with the WGA West or WGA East.

All decisions of the festival and its agents are final.

See website for additional guidelines.

Awards

$250 awarded to Category winners in all three categories (Features, Teleplays, and Shorts) PLUS an additional $250 for the Grand Prize Winner selected from all three.

Free copies of all five Save the Cat!® books for all Category Winners and Finalists.

Free copy of Save the Cat!® Story Structure Software 3.0: Structure your screenplay the Save the Cat!® Way for all Category Winners and Finalists.

Winner in Feature category will receive Save the Cat!® coverage for their single script, up to 120 pages in length.

Winners of Short and Teleplay categories will receive a one hour consultation from Save the Cat! ®

Winning Scripts will be announced the week after the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival, December 7-10, 2017 with the Audience Awards and the Cthulhies in a national press release. Finalists will be announced in November.

All entries will receive feedback on their scripts at the conclusion of the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival, December 7-10 2017, if desired. All feedback will be distributed by March of the following year at the latest.

NOTE: there must be at least 50 entries in a category to be awarded a prize. Categories w/ less than 50 entries may be combined w/ other categories when awarding prizes. However, a winning script will still be selected in each category (no matter the total entries).

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Other Worlds Austin Announces 2016 Screenplay Contest Winners

As part of its ongoing mission to encourage work in Science Fiction, Other Worlds Austin held its second annual SciFi Screenplay Contest to reward creativity in its earliest stages and encourage writers to keep working in the genre. The contest is sponsored by No BullScript Consulting.

The contest garnered an impressive array of scripts from all over the country. The Grand Prize winner is the short KEYSTROKE by Tom Sanchez Prunier.

"Other Worlds Austin is so proud to be supporting the next generation of SciFi storytellers," says Bears Fonte, OWA Founder and Director of Programming. "Our festival was founded on the idea of story over special effects and when you look at a screenplay, what's on the page is all you see. Last year's scripts were packed with world-building and creative ideas and I am excited to see these winners start their journey into becoming fully realized on screens. We are proud to add these writers to the Other Worlds alumni."

2016 Other Worlds Austin Screenplay Winners

Screenplay Short
KEYSTROKE by Tom Sanchez Prunier
Two roommates clean up their new apartment after the previous tenant - a hoarder - and find a computer with a journal of all history that they can edit in any way they please.

Screenplay Teleplay
PRETERNATURAL - "Flight of the Godwits" by Joe Acton
When a migratory flock of birds carries a deadly species-jumping virus from Asia to North America, humans and animals must work together using their inherent knowledge and skills to conquer the virus that is killing them all.

Screenplay Feature
DREAM MACHINE by Aaron B. Koontz, Farrell Rose & Cameron Burns
In an attempt to fix his debilitating sleep paralysis, reclusive inventor Miles Decker has developed a machine that allows one to control their dreams. As a new relationship ensues, his dependency on this DREAM MACHINE begins a violent downward spiral blurring the lines of reality and sanity.

"With KEYSTROKE, Tom Sanchez Prunier paints an entertaining picture of a Sci-Fi world we desire yet should fear," says Don Elfant, OWA Director of Marketing and Development, "one in which the change of a single keystroke can change history, for better or worse and with extremely unintended consequences. Mr. Sanchez Prunier sets up an entirely relatable world, turns it upside down, and then delivers on an uncompromising conclusion."

As the Grand Prize winner, Tom Sanchez Prunier (KEYSTROKE) receives a $500 cash prize. Joe Acton (PRETERNATURAL) and Aaron B. Koontz, Farrell Rose & Cameron Burns (DREAM MACHINE) receive a $250 cash prize for winning the Screenplay Teleplay and Screenplay Feature categories respectively.

All winners also receive a Development Notes Phone Consultation with Danny Manus of No BullScript Consulting, a top 15 script consultant according to Creative Screenwriting. In addition, Manus has agreed to offer a $25 discount to all entrants on Consulting Services like Basic and Extensive Studio Notes, Developmental Notes, and TV Pilot Notes. For a full list of services available, go to www.nobullscript.net.

Feedback will be available for all scripts entered at the writers' request by emailing screenplay@otherworldsaustin.com.

Updated: 02/27/2017
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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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