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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 Fest Names Screenplay Winners

Andrew Kightlinger's Tater Tot & Patton has been named the winner of the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Stan Rodman's Rule of Law won the Short Screenplay Competition. The 1st place Feature and Shorts winners will have a reading of their scripts at the 12th Annual Vail Film Festival, March 26th - 29th.

Feature

1st Place: Tater Tot & Patton
Writer: Andrew Kightlinger
Description: Amid a long hot summer, a frustrated millennial is sent to her bullheaded uncle’s South Dakota ranch and both prove to be the exact medicine the other one needed.

2nd Place: The Third Bomb
Writer: Phillip Parker
Description: In the final days of WWII, when a top U.S. pilot crash lands in Japanese territory, he must stop an ambitious Japanese commander from capturing his secret cargo - the third atomic bomb.

3rd Place: Reckless Hearts
Writer: Corey Bodoh-Creed
Description: In a near future where guns have been outlawed, the son of the sheriff in a small Montana town finds himself torn between warring factions when he falls for the daughter of a dangerous militia leader.

Short

1st Place: Rule of Law
Writer: Stan Rodman
Description: A public defender, an assistant district attorney, a seasoned judge and a violent defendant all cross paths when a young girl is viciously attacked and killed. Each has conflicting views of both justice and the rule of law, upon which this country's legal system was founded upon. Ultimately, the conclusion is most likely popular, and undermines the very foundation of our society.

2nd Place: Something To Regret In The Morning
Writer: Philip T Brewster
Description: Harry Drake, gumshoe for hire, gets a call from Montague 'Mack' Mackintosh upset over the number of dead bodies stacking in his yard. Someone has slaughtered half of his gnomes! Convinced it's an inside job Drake wants to know more before he points his finger, but is totally unprepared as to the reason why...

3rd Place: All Things Chicken
Writer: Julius Galacki
Description: A comedy-drama about how NOT to live one's life, yet also a paean to the saving grace of friendship - no matter how dysfunctional.

Updated: 02/11/2015
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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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