Broaden Your Horizons Screenwriting Competition

Broaden Your Horizons

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Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Objective

The 14th annual Dallas International Film Festival, powered by Capital One, is the largest in North Texas, committed to providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, screenwriting and digital media.

Through the 2020 "Broaden Your Horizons" screenwriting competition, presented by Event Horizon Films, DIFF offers writers the opportunity to submit scripts for feature films, television pilots and short films, which will be reviewed by readers at top Hollywood talent agencies and management companies, such as:

  • Abrams Artists Agency
  • WME
  • United Talent Agency
  • Gersh Agency
  • Innovative Artists
  • Circle of Confusion
  • Buschwald

DIFF's all-star lineup of judges includes:

  • Ken Estin, 3-time Emmy winning screenwriter and producer (Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, Beverly Hills Cop)
  • Teresa Cheng, animation producer and production manager (Shrek Forever After, Madagascar, Batman & Robin, True Lies)
  • Lisa Furfine, CEO of the Furfine Network, connecting sports and entertainment industry professionals (The New Celebrity Apprentice, SportsTravel magazine)
  • Johnathan Brownlee, director, producer, writer, actor and executive director for DIFF (Three Days In August, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Decoding Annie Parker)
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Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 03/31/2020

Notification: April 8, 2020

Rules

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
  • Entry fee for each feature film screenplay is $75 until the deadline on March 31, 2019.
  • Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
  • Screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Central Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with resubmission through Event Horizon Films. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Submittable.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages are fine and will be accepted, however please note that there is a small page overage charge of $1 per every page over 120 pages to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

Awards

Winners of the screenplay competition will receive up to $1,000 prize money, a writer’s enrichment retreat on Carnival Cruise Line, professional consultations from our high-profile judges, and a DIFF Star Pass.

Broaden Your Horizons

Contact

Web:
http://www.eventhorizonfilms.com
Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Contest News

Dallas International Film Festival Names Screenplay Contest Winners

The Dallas International Film Festival, powered by Capital One, has announced the winners of the “Broaden Your Horizons” screenplay competition, presented by Event Horizon Films.

The winners will receive cash prizes, a professional consultation with a high profile writer, a Star Pass for the Dallas International Film Festival and opportunities to pitch their work to industry professionals through Virtual Pitch Fest. The two grand prize winners will also embark on a future Writer’s Enrichment Cruise.

Features and 1-Hour Pilots

WINNER — GREENWOOD by Jody Hadlock & A.J. Orr

Based on a true story, a 1920's African-American lawyer takes on the system to defend the residents of Greenwood, the all-black district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, when it's destroyed by an angry white mob.

RUNNER UP — THE CATCH by Mike Farris

Two detectives hunt for a serial killer who is killing lawyers and staging the murder scenes to reflect lawyer jokes.

Shorts and 30-Min Pilots

WINNER — CLOISTERED by M. Rowan Meyer

A priest, a nun, and an excommunicate navigate identity within the boundaries of their Catholic faith.

RUNNER UP CROSSING by Troy Perkins

Lyle, a Texas rancher, hunts migrants crossing his sprawling ranch near the Mexico border. The tables are turned when he has a serious accident and needs help from a migrant woman and her little boy.

FINALISTS (Features and 1-hour Pilots):

CONNECTED

Hillery Baker

Privileged teenagers Emilia and James Capriglione are about to learn there isn't enough holy water in New Jersey to wash all the blood off their family's hands.

FASTER THAN HORSES

Chris & Michael Mul

An arrogant runner embarking on the Marathon des Sables—the toughest footrace on earth—faces a race against time to survive when he becomes isolated in the desert and a hostage to its harrowing conditions.

THE STORM KING

Alex Hendler

With the help of a Yale-educated behavioral psychologist, a classical pianist struggles to bond with his mentally challenged disruptive young son before the turmoil he causes tears the family apart.

FINALISTS (Shorts and 30-Min Pilots):

BOXED WINE

Gregory Caruso

After years of constant rejection, a struggling painter in his late-20s decides to make a statement by putting almost no effort into his artwork, resulting in immediate acceptance from the art community, throwing him into a spiral of self-questioning and self-destruction.

GREAT AMERICA

Angelita Mendoza & Morten Vestergaard Jensen

A border vigilante's house is broken into by an undocumented immigrant and his daughter who are desperate for water.

SELKIE

Chris & Michael Mul

A selfish fisherman is morally torn between his conscience and happiness when he meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman.

The DIFF "Broaden Your Horizon" Screenplay Competition, presented by Event Horizon Films, provides Hollywood access to screenwriters who are interested in improving craft and exposure. Each script was reviewed by working industry professionals at top Hollywood rep agencies (United Talent Agency, Creative Artists Agency, Gersh, etc.) and ranked based on strength of plot, characterization, format, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential.

Updated: 05/27/2020

Broaden Your Horizons Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Web:
http://www.eventhorizonfilms.com
Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

Report Card

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