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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The Vail Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access. The festival awards prizes to the top six winners in both the feature and short screenplay categories. Attending filmmakers/producers have included Kevin Smith, Zach Braff, Luke Wilson, Harold Ramis, Edward Pressman (Wall Street, American Psycho), Christine Lubrano (IFC), Adam Kassen (81 Pictures), Rob Williams (Wellspring), Laura Bickford (Traffic), and many more.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  1. You may enter as many scripts as you like, but each must be accompanied by a separate Entry and the required entry fee.
  2. Entries must be written in English. The screenplay(s) must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.
  3. Entries must be submitted online. ONLINE ENTRY: Online entry can only be accepted for screenplays submitted through Final Draft (.FDR or .FDS), Adobe (.PDF), or Microsoft Word formats.
  4. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
  5. Scripts must be between 70-125 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
  6. Judging is solely on the screenplay. Do not include the following information or materials as they will be disregarded: logline, synopsis, treatment, or any additional materials not specifically requested.
  7. Script collaborations are allowed, however, each writer must sign the application form (space is provided on the form), and the work must be the sole and exclusive property of the collaborators.
  8. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstances.
  9. Writer(s) retain ALL rights for their entry(ies) when entering our competition.
  10. Adaptations are acceptable for entry in our competition only if you have all the appropriate and/or required approvals/waivers/permissions from any and all right holders. If you are unsure, please consult an entertainment attorney for your own protection

Awards

1st Place
1st Place Screenwriting Winner receives: $1500 cash. Coffee with an established producer during the Vail Film Festival. Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2011 Vail Film Festival, 3 night hotel accomodations in Vail, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 1st place winner. Announcement as winner of the VFF Screenwriting Competition at the Official Awards Ceremony covered by national media. Announcement of winner in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide.
Cash Award Value: 1,500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 7,500 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
2nd Place Screenwriting Winner receives: Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2011 Vail Film Festival, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 2nd place winner. Announcement of award in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide.
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
3rd Place Screenwriting Winner receives: Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2011 Vail Film Festival, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception, Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 3rd place winner. Announcement of award in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide.
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Vail Film Festival Announces Screenplay Contest Winners

Mike Bencivenga's Running Gun has been named the winner of the Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

Feature Winners

1st Place:
Running Gun, written by Mike Bencivenga
A promising young man has his future destroyed when he befriends a troubled teenage runaway. The year is 1877. The troubled teenager is Billy the Kid. RUNNING GUN is a story of romance, redemption and revenge and the truest telling yet of the life of the notorious boy bandit king.


2nd Place:
Horror Comic, written by Stephen Hoover
In the 1950s the greatest threat to the United States is not global Communist expansion or nuclear annihilation. It's comic books.


3rd Place:
Tranquility Base, written by Daniel Turkewitz
Tranquility Base is the story of astronauts stranded in space in 2040. The action moves between the International Space Station, a Space Transport Plane, and a Moon Base Biosphere, as 15 astronauts struggle to secure spots in the self-sustaining environment of a Moon Base that can only support six people.


Shorts Winners

1st Place:
Crossbar Hotel, written by Karrie Crouse
Crossbar Hotel tells the story of Cline Jones, a jittery, heavily tattooed man returning home to his sleepy North Carolina town after serving two years at a prison work farm. Upon his return, Cline must reunite with his eight-year-old son, Ray, all the while struggling to keep his nerves and temper under control.


2nd Place:
The Models NRT, written by Joseph Medina
In a future completely controlled by machines, there are certain models designed to nurture. For these models are farms that harvest real human children for them to raise and fulfill their programming. But at age ten, they are to put down their kids in order to prevent any future uprising. Will androids David and Maria be able to go against their programming to nurture and kill their ten year old son?


3rd Place:
The Stranger's Room, written by Shan Cleland
Someone is murdering the women of Paradise Road. During a rainstorm a mysterious stranger knocks on the door of a young mothers house on the Paradise Road and she gives him shelter. Will she pay with her life?

Updated: 02/16/2010
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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Nancy Sanders

An interview with screenwriter Nancy Sanders regarding the Vail Film Festival Writing Competition.

Updated: 02/25/2009

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Karen Webb

An interview with screenwriter Karen Webb regarding the Vail Film Festival Writing Competition.

Updated: 07/05/2007
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